Trumpeter T-72B3 mod.2016
Page 4 - Painting and Weathering
I initially primed with Tamiya's grey Liquid Surface Primer (see photos below) primarily to give neutral tones in comparing to Mengs T-72B3 and then painted in Base Green (Protective) from AK Interactives Modern Russian Colours Vol.1. It is AK's version of NC-1200 which is the modern Russian base green colour that we see on their parade vehicles, I was far from happy with colour tone and ended up stripping the paint and starting again (see further below).
After a lot of googling I decided on MRP's Russian Protective Green NC-1200 lacquer paint. This was my first experience with MRP lacquer paints and I was warned that it takes a few layers for a solid coverage so I tested on both black and grey primers (using a paint mule) eventually deciding on using back primer (Mr. Surfacer 1500)as the base.
After airbrushing MRP's NC-1200 I gave a gloss coat of Tamiya's X-22 Gloss Clear, applied the decals and a final coat of X-22 to seal and protect the decals prior to the weathering process.