Bodywork progresses, albeit slowly.

As explained in previous posts, I've been building a Revell 1:24 scale Mercedes Unimog over the past few months. Work ground to a halt for a while, due to holidays and work commitments. But, the bodywork is now starting to take shape, with the cab painted and ready for glazing and the rear load deck and gritting hopper assembled. 

I'm not a fan of orange at the best of times - along with yellow, I find that it's one of the worst colours to paint - but I had a particularly challenging time getting the shade correct on the cab. In fact, it took three or four attempts before I was happy with it, settling on Tamiya's acrylic orange, lightened with a little white. 

Next jobs, to tidy up the grit hopper ready for priming and painting, then adding the decals. The snowplough also needs a little extra work and I've realised that my kit lacks any glazing for the two rear windows in the cab, so they'll need fabricating from clear styrene. Due to the complex nature of the bodywork, I'm thinking that weathering each section before final assembly will be necessary, but that's probably a few weeks off yet...

I'm a big fan of Darkstar acrylic metallic paints, being great for brushing or spraying. The Tarnished Steel shade looks good on the Mercedes Benz logo.


  1. Hi George, great work as always!

    I’ve had an idea ... I’m thinking of buying and using that tarnished steel paint to paint the window surrounds of the Oxford Rail MK3 intercity liveried coaches. Any tips/suggestions for how to do this without messing up the livery or blobbing the paint? Many thanks and regards, Mark.

    1. Hi Mark,
      Sorry - only just found your comment (for some reason the comments facility stopped working). The Darkstar acrylics really benefit from application on a flat matt surface, so it may be worth spraying the coach with matt varnish first, obviously masking or removing the glazing first. Other than using a good quality, ultra-fine brush and a very steady hand, I don't have any secret tips to make that job any easier!

  2. There is a very similar Unimog parked up next to the A6 near Dove Holes (Derbyshire) at the moment. Its an interesting conversion, being a road rail drain cleaner.
    I really must get around to photographing it.


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