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Indian Army Saladin Indo-Pak War
ttwells
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New York, United States
Joined: June 03, 2006
KitMaker: 294 posts
Armorama: 66 posts
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 04:40 AM UTC
Completed a project of the DML Black Label British Saladin MK. 2, but - in India Service during Indo-Pak war 1960s. The model, which I picked up for less than $30 from a Cyber-hobby.com sale before Christmas, was built basically out of the box. I added some stowage to it - and a surplus Brit helmet too. Model suspension is very fiddley, supposed to be articulated, but needed being glued for better support of wheels. Had an issue with the lenses for headlights and search light... but overall the kit is a breeze to build.

I painted it in a Indian Army scheme, for Indo-Pak war; used various Brit and "other" markings to mimic use as an Indian Army vehicle 1960s. The kit was weathered using Mig filters, washes and oil brushers but not to show a lot of use - just road dust & dirt. Those oil brushers are super fantastic to use and controlling the effect, though takes some trial and error, is easy once mastered. The weathering sure toned down the camo scheme which is Vallejo sand beige - dark green - earth brown -

The figure peeking out of the turret hatch looking upward for any Pakistan fighter jets lurking about... The figure is a kit bash of various DML figure parts from British set - especially a Monte Casino part for the Sikh head with turban. Comments welcome - and, yes, I realize the Indian Army did not use Saladins - just thought it was too cool to pass up.







panamadan
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Minnesota, United States
Joined: July 20, 2004
KitMaker: 1,395 posts
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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 06:18 AM UTC
Like it!
jphillips
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Arizona, United States
Joined: February 25, 2007
KitMaker: 1,058 posts
Armorama: 783 posts
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 07:58 AM UTC
Nice Saladin! It's refreshingly different, to see one that isn't British.
ttwells
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New York, United States
Joined: June 03, 2006
KitMaker: 294 posts
Armorama: 66 posts
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 11:12 AM UTC
thanks for the nice comments
rfbaer
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Texas, United States
Joined: June 12, 2007
KitMaker: 1,820 posts
Armorama: 1,657 posts
Posted: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 12:54 PM UTC
I like the TC, peeking out. Well done.
MrchntMarine
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Louisiana, United States
Joined: February 11, 2020
KitMaker: 48 posts
Armorama: 21 posts
Posted: Saturday, April 11, 2020 - 05:00 AM UTC
I like it. Nice seeing something a little different. Did you make up the Indian markings or were they part of the kit options?
ttwells
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New York, United States
Joined: June 03, 2006
KitMaker: 294 posts
Armorama: 66 posts
Posted: Sunday, April 12, 2020 - 10:23 AM UTC
thanks for the nice comments... the markings are a variety of bits and pieces from the spare decals box - all British origins. The Indian army followed British standards from colonial days for quite a while after "separation" from what I could gather.