HOW TO MAKE “ZIMMERIT”

HOW TO MAKE Anyone interested in the history of armored vehicles is well known that highly characteristic feature of the external appearance of the German tanks since 1943 was an anti-magnetic coating of armor — so-called “zimmerit”. Originally this coating was intended only for the Eastern front, but soon became an integral part of all tanks of the Wehrmacht. “Zimmerit” with a rather complex chemical composition, in simplified form, is represented as a mixture of latex with cement. The idea of such a coating is rather controversial, since the magnetic mines were used only by guerrillas, and after application the tank was still “clean” place (rollers, tracks, etc.). In the end mine was “to stick” and to railway platform, and downhill equally flew echelon with tanks, as with the “Cimmeria”, and without it. But nevertheless, the Germans did it quite costly.

“Zimmerit” applied mostly in terms of workshops and frontline military units. The thickness of the layer was 1.5 mm. depending on the applied tool coating can have different shapes: squares, diamonds, horizontal and vertical stripes with a smooth or “waffle” surface. On top of the “zimmerit” applied camouflage pattern. In General, a fighting machine with such a coating has gained quite a picturesque appearance. The last circumstance may not be of interest to modelers wanting to do and they even made the model more attractive.
There are several methods that simulate the “zimmerit” on models.
 
Method 1.
 
Method 1
 
The most available. Is applied to the surface of a model plastic mixture (from clay to model putty) and applied to its soft surface desired “pattern”. The best tool for this is a screwdriver, the width of which depends on the scale of the model. This method is good because is suitable for the models made of any material, from tin to paper.
 
Method 2.
 
Method 2
 
Only fits models made of polystyrene. Is applied to areas of the model “armor” layer of polystyrene adhesive or acetone to dissolve the polystyrene. After the softened surface is a pattern simulating the “zimmerit”.
Method 3.
 
Method 3
 
Also only for polystyrene models. The pattern is applied with a soldering iron. This method requires great care, as you can easily damage the model.
 
Method 4.
 
Method 4
 
The most time-consuming, but suitable for
models from any material and quite effective. Of paper or thin cardboard and cut it into squares (or diamonds) of size 3X3 or 4X4 mm and glued to the model.

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