About two years ago, John challenged me to do a high-quality version of the Kangaroo Tanks (captured Italian M13/40) I made for our Tobruk Wargame. I'm finally getting around to the project. I selected the Tamiya 1/35 scale kit for no other reason than it was the one I could find. It comes with kangaroo decals, but I have not yet decided whether I will use the decals or freehand the markings.
For starters, I have never made a 1/35 scale tank, and I did not know what to think about such a big model. Having completed the first part of the project, I can say that I really like working in the large scale as it give me the ability to work in a lot of nuanced detail without overwhelming the model.
After the initial basecoats and some wash, I used a straightedge to replicate the scoring that you get on the sides of the hull from the treads. I wanted to try also to replicate the wear you get from the track bouncing up and down as well, but could not make it work with the lateral scoring, so I just shaded the hull between the return rollers with a darker paint to suggest wear.