If there was ever one of those Just Do Something to Do Something projects, this is certainly it!! I had contacted my friend Charlie Pritchett who is working with the TAKOM model company. I took advantage of this knowing that if I asked for “something to work on” he’d find something that he’d like showcased for the line. Fair enough!! The offer was the T3 Transporter (VW) vans. Takom offers two styles, a van edition and a short-cab rear cargo version. On the Takom website both are conceptualized in German/NATO camo as they have history being used for general purpose vehicles. That was going to be fine with me….however…..follow me….
On most days I ride my bike to work each day – 15 miles. After arriving, I change my clothes and then walk into the nearby shops to bring back my morning cup of coffee. About 2 blocks from my work there is a railroad crossing that, on most days, is a pain in the ass because my timing seems to always coincide with a long, slow train blocking my morning walk. On one of these days, while waiting for the train to finish crossing my path I happened to notice that a nearby business had a T3 parked in the lot. A weathered vehicle painted in bright – hi-visual – colors as serving at the Frankfurt airport. OH MY!!! It is perfect!
I immediately thought of the possibilities – and challenges – of reproducing this brightly colored eye candy. Once back to my work I emailed Charlie to see which of the 2 versions of the T3 he had sent – and as fate would have it, it was the short cab transporter version…..PERFECT!
While this was a bit our of my usual realm (primarily being an armor guy), the thought of adding bright colors and specific markings and decorations was both exhilarating and terrifying. I spent the next few days, until my package arrived, taking reference photos and developing my plan of attack. Dry transfer letters and numbers, I decided, would be a better (easier) solution than making masks (at least I hoped). The package arrived within a few days and the build begins.
combination of Chipping Effects, Fine Painting and as you can see by the tooth picks – good old fashioned scrapping. Having a reference literarily just around the corner is nice and handy, but also daunting as I really began to over-analyze every speck and blemish. The other thing that I always reminded myself was that I portraying a actual, operational vehicle – not one of the rust-relics that we so often like to paint. I needed to keep the effects under control. A few shots of the real vehicle.