I've got a rattle can of glossy lacquer but it smells really terrible and it's really miserable and wet outside so I've been using my Vallejo varnish instead, but I agree with you that it certainly helps having a shiny surface when applying washes etc. Will add some to the next order!
The Germans spent too much on making their tanks over engineered whilst the Russians churned out whatever as long as it worked-ish. That led to large numbers of T-34 meeting up the Germans in Kursk and they withheld the attack due to their sheer number of tanks compared to the over engineered German tanks that broke down instead... It's funny that you saw a StuG with a gap between the plates since they were the ones that really tried to make everything perfect?! I've seen two T-34's in good condition and they are a bit rough to say the least, but they did the job!
I've just done hairspray chipping on the Mk.IV and the cheap hairspray I'd bought for the job almost wrecked the whole build... Not did in not just work but it also caused the varnish, base coat and primer to lift in a couple of places... I'm a bit upset right now but it can be salvaged with creative weathering, but I'm never using hairspray again that's for sure! It's better to stick with commercial weathering products if you're unsure of the stuff you bough at the stores... Lesson learned - try on scrap before you use it on a real model...
...but every hobby is about learning new skills and techniques so even if I didn't want this I know more now than I did a couple of hours ago
I now need to plan the weathering since it's going to have to be heavier than I'd planned to cover the damage, but I think I'll just start and see what happen?
Cheers for now! With a bit of luck I might have something, or not, in a couple of hours!
15. October 2017 at 00:23:38