I am finally finished with the ChTZ S-65 tractor! I have since added the model to a base and placed a figure from MIG Productions nearby. It represents an abandoned or severely neglected vehicle in an original civilian color scheme.
The tractor itself was built using the resin engine and photo-etch detail set from LZ Models on top of the basic Trumpeter kit. Thanks to some helpful suggestions from friends and modelers, I also sculpted some tears and patches on the seat cushion. The groundwork is made of Celluclay which is covered in sand and debris sweepings for texture. I created some vegetation with various static grass patches and tufts, paper leaf clippings, and weeds from Armor Farm. The mud and puddles are made from the Woodland Scenics "water effects" liquid.
I used the hairspray chipping technique to achieve the patchy, rust-covered appearance. I used Tamiya paints for the main colors and subtle modulation effects, and Vallejo acrylics for the remaining detail painting. I used a small brush to paint the red Cyrillic letters that adorn the radiator.
I was growing tired of working on the model by the time I got to the tracks, so I decided to leave one track missing.
I used a lot of oil paint filters to make subtle shifts in color from panel to panel. Some pieces are more yellow, brown, or green than others, which helps break up the monotony of the solid gray finish.
The figure is one of the hundreds of fantastic works by Alexander Zelenkov that are available. He was painted with Reaper and Vallejo paints, and with oils for the flesh areas. I am still learning the basics of painting figures with acrylics, so I'm not especially happy with how this guy turned out. However, he gives the tractor a good sense of scale and he fits with the civilian paintjob, so I don't plan on replacing him. I wanted him to look shady and untrustworthy, like some sort of loan shark or mafia grunt.
Thanks for looking, and please don't refrain from leaving feedback!