In this tutorial we developed a method to make zimmerit from vinyl adhesive, thus achieving a realistic finish and low thickness maintaining the model scale.
So we've chosen a Tiger 1, although the technique is applicable to all vehicles. To avoid the adhesive sticking we apply a layer of glycerin on the original model zimmerit (used as template), and then we will spread over the whole piece a thin and uniform vinyl adhesive layer.
Once this layer dries we carefully removed it with tweezers. The result achieved is an exact copy of the mold used and, although it is quite thin, is strong enough to work and apply to the model, allowing to be trimmed and adapted to the shape of the vehicle.
The following pictures illustrate the explained above. Photos 1 and 2 show the results achieved with the mold and the model. The remaining images correspond to zimmerit already applied on the tank, to which we can apply a coat of putty diluted with acetone before painting. At last, an image of the painted model.

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Mario Borrelli.