Book Review
Vol 16 Tilly in North Africa
Vol 16 Step by Step Finishing British Trucks by Glenn Bartolotti
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by: Alan McNeilly [ ALANL ]


Glenn Bartolotti brings us another Step by Step Guide. This time the focus is on the Austin Light Utility Truck, the Tilly depicted in North Africa.

Glenn has a number of these articles review already on Armorama and they can be linked here.

Previous Reviews

The Guide

The guide is purchased as a PDR download for a small fee of USD $1.95 and consists of a 17 page Step by Step guide to painting and finishing this specific vehicle. The setting Glenn chose is a Tilly in North Africa, and the scheme used is based around the Caunter scheme used by the British Army in the MTO during 1940 to 1941.

Pages 1 and 2 are cover pages, page 3 is a comment on materials and Glennís process and page 4 gives a very brief outline of some general information on the vehicle.

The business of the Pdf starts on pages 5 to 7, the first stage of the build and a short text on each page about how Glenn approached the build. There is not a great deal of information on these pages, but this is a straight forward kit to put together.

Page 8 starts with the priming of the vehicle and detail of the mix used for the inside of the vehicle.

Page 9 covers pre-shading and the base colour. Page 10 covers adding the two camouflage colours, page 11 leads onto adding the decals and clear gloss and the fading mix used for the scheme.

Page 12 and 13 talks about the steps used in the detailed painting, and page 14 moves onto adding the effects using oils and pages 15 and 16 show photographs of the finished model. Page 17 advertises the next vehicle in the series to be covered.

The overall quality of the Pdf is very good, each page containing several pictures and short supporting text.


Glennís method is primarily aimed at those modellers who paint by airbrush and covers the fairly well known painting steps. The guide recommends that you follow the sequence accurately to obtain a similar result.

Glenn uses a range of medium to achieve the result all of which should be readily available.

These tutorials would be handy if you were new to the hobby, wanted to try out something different as in using the oils for effect, but are fairly basis guides, the sequences being covered in 7 pages of the 17 provided.

Paints and colour mixes are given for each stage which is always handy and these are laid out in a logical way with the steps being easy to follow.

Glennís use of the Caunter scheme does not entirely match the Ďofficial schemeí particularly on the bonnet and top of the vehicle. That said there were variations of the scheme but my advice here would be to check Mike Starmerís The Caunter Scheme and in particular you reference picture(s).

These tutorials provide a fairly cheap way of building up a painting reference library, although this one lacks any real in-depth detail about the scheme being portrayed. None the less, Glennís technique has produce an excellent looking finish.
Highs: A handy cost effective quick reference guide.
Lows: Lacked any real detail about the scheme being used or alternatives that were available and would have been used during this period.
Verdict: Good for beginners, or if you want to learn a new painting sequence or perhaps develop your technique.
  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: Vol 16
  Suggested Retail: $1.95
  PUBLISHED: Dec 30, 2010
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

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About Alan McNeilly (AlanL)

Greying slightly, but young at heart. I've been teaching adults off and on for most of my life. Left the services in 85 and first started modelling in about 87 for a few years. Then I had a long spell when I didn't build anything (too busy) and really just got started again during the summer of ...

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