This trattor d'artiglieria ACE Matador has been painted in the 1944 vehicle camouflage pattern britannica popularly known as »Mickey Mouse« pattern, because of the distinctive black mouse ears painted on o sprayed over the khaki drab base colour. If you look closely, you can see the top of Mickey's head immediately above the rear wheel. The pattern was used on many veicoli participating nello sbarco in Normandia e the subsequent campaigns in Francia, Belgio ed i Paesi Bassi. The pattern is surprisingly easy to recreate in miniature, using an airbrush ed a cardboard template con various clusters of small circular holes. The template was held against the truck body at various angles, e sprayed through con matt black paint.
The »Mickey Mouse« vehicle pattern ist difficult e time consuming to paint by hand, because the small mouse ears need to be perfectly round to achieve the desired effect. The author used a hole punch from an old leather working tool set to punch several clusters of holes into a long strip of posterboard. This template works very well for trucks ed other boxshaped veicoli, but it may be difficult to apply to the rounded surfaces of tank torrette.
Some manufacturers of etched brass parts also offer stencils e templates which may be used to spray markings e patterns on veicoli in scala 1:72.
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