Finally got some time to post pics...I apologize for their quality ahead of time, am in the process of moving everything down to my new basement studio and I don't have a photobooth currently!
Managed to pick this kit up for 4 dollars(!) with the caveat that it had been "slightly started". Not a problem, just some hull work, but the previous owner was very heavy-handed with the putty. Not even sure what type it was to deal with it more effectively, so I gave it as much sanding and smoothing as I could. Here's the kit as I received it -
Didn't take long to finish up the rest of the build once that was taken care of. I have to say that this kit may be in a Tamiya box, but it's definitely an Italeri kit! The fit and precision are not nearly the same.
After a quick spray session with Tamiya acrylics using the kit supplied mixture:
And not long after spraying both camouflage colors using highly thinned Tam acrylics:
That's where she is so far. Need to paint the tires a dark gray (far too much contrast), put on both decals, and do all the detail painting before launching into the weathering!
You mentioned about the reboxed Tamiya item but I never figured a second hand kit was coming that sometimes demands more work than a sealed kit. Good work so far and stay sure the real fun starts here.
Keep us posted amigo.