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1/350 Aircraft - windscreens
Posted by Clerk831 on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 7:28 PM

Hello everyone more experienced in modelling then me. I'm about to start 1/350 scale USS Wasp which comes with aircraft and helicopters in clear plastic. My question - does one try and mask the glass or would one just paint everything. The pictures on the box show all glass painted what looks like a flat black or dark green. I would appreciate any and all advise. Thanks

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:30 PM

I believe that it all boils down to a matter of preference. Some mask the windows and leave them clear, others take the time to paint them to match photos (gold tinted canopies for fighters or green overhead windows on helos, etc.), while others still simply paint over things to hide the fact that there are no interiors on these tiny aircraft. Odds are good that you already have a mental picture of what you want things to look at the end of your build or at least an opinion on how it should look. Go with your gut instinct.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:07 AM

At a recent show (HIDS) I saw a great 1:350 WW2 Japanese carrier with the greenhouses of the planes covered with simulated canvas.  Looked great, no need to worry about masking.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Clerk831 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:18 AM

Thanks for all the suggestions.  I believe I will take the time and just mask the windows.  Now one more question - the vehicles that came with this kit were molded in grey plastic so can anyone suggest a color that I can use to paint the glass for these.  The only color I can think of is white but I think that would be too bright.  The vehicles are humvees and some supply trucks.

 

Once again - thanks for all suggestions and advice.

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  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Thursday, March 23, 2017 9:44 AM

Depending on the era, you can do them in camo, desert sand or some kind of OD.

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Posted by Gear Head 6 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 6:34 PM

If it's a 1/700 or 1/350 aircraft or vehicale, molded in clear plastic you could paint the non window areas the nterior color and over paint it with the exterior color or camo pattern.   If it is molded in solid colored plastic the best you could do, if it's a subject with tinted clear areas, is paint it a metalic color and over coat it clear blue, black or whatever.  You have to be good with a fine point brush.

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Posted by KnightTemplar5150 on Thursday, March 23, 2017 10:27 PM

A gentleman I know used armor building techniques with this ship. He masked off the windows of the Humvees and other little vehicles in this kit, sprayed the desert camo, painted details, and then removed the masks prior to sealing with a flat clear coat. He cut arcs from Tamiya masking tape with a template he'd drawn up and placed them on the windshield in the arc that would be cleared by the wipers. He hit it with Testors Dullcoat shot at low pressure from his airbrush and just lightly frosted the area. When the masks came off, it was a pretty convincing effect. Just enough there to look like dust - tough to pull off at such a small scale!

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, March 24, 2017 9:09 AM

Because the interior of vehicles are in shade, a gloss black is common for painting small scale windows.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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Posted by Gear Head 6 on Saturday, April 08, 2017 2:23 PM

Testors grimmy black, actually very dark gray green, is perfect for windows on small scale vehicles even if the windows are only engraved.  It's also good for molded in vents in just about any scale.

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  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, April 30, 2017 8:18 AM

Hi;

   What I usually do is paint the window areas with a high Gloss metallic sky blue . It's my own mix made with Model-Master Light Blue ( Russian Aircraft Bottom Blue works great ) . Four drops . Testors Chrome Silver , Two drops . These drops are about the size of very small peas . One whole bottle of testors Model-Master Boyd's Gloss clear , Mix well and then have a ball . T.B.

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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Sunday, April 30, 2017 10:51 AM

Gear Head 6

Testors grimmy black, actually very dark gray green, is perfect for windows on small scale vehicles even if the windows are only engraved.  It's also good for molded in vents in just about any scale.

 

The grimey blacks I am familiar with are flats, so you would need to glosscoat the windows after painting, to simulate the highlights and reflections from the glass/plexiglas.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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