Good to see some more from the LRDG and SAS under way!
Just some quick notes on the Chevy: The 'rubber' tyres are prone to splitting; one way of avoiding this is to paint your wheels and tyres using acrylics only
- this seems to stop a slow chemical reaction between the polystyrene wheels and the synthetic material of the tyres.
The rear axle assemblies were the same colour as the rest of the chassis; more than likely 'Canadian Sand.'
A really good site to check out: http://blindkat.hegewisch.net/lrdg/lrdg.html
This should help, especially when it comes to arming and equipping your 1533X2.
There are several good books available on the LRDG - the best of them are 'Kiwi Scorpians', 'Bearded Brigands' and 'The Barce Raid' by Brendon O'Carroll.
'R' Patrol setting out from Siwa Oasis (LRDG base). Note how light the paintwork is. R patrol trucks carried a green Maori 'Tiki' on the right front of the upper clamshell bonnet and a Maori word starting with R on the left; usually white on dark green or black.
A posed photo of a 'T' patrol vehicle showing the use of the 'greedy board' posts doubling as weapon mounts. T10 painted on the oil cans. The oil cans in the kitset are too short by a couple of millimetres.
The Guards patrol this time - once again note light paint finish and greedy board posts doubling as weapons mounts. The greedy boards were the wooden extension pieces on top of the main steel bodywork. photos from http://www.lrdg.org/
Look forward to seeing your projects as they progress. If you need help on anything let me know.
On the jeeps you can tone down the chipping by mixing a medium grey with your silver/aluminium paint.