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Who Makes A Good Steel Color Paint For Doing Tank Suspension

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Who Makes A Good Steel Color Paint For Doing Tank Suspension
Posted by johnfromiwo on Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:52 AM

Im Doing A M3 Stuart And For The Idler And Return Rollers They Were A Steel Color. So What Brand Makes A Good Steel Color For Brushing?

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Posted by hogfanfs on Saturday, September 7, 2019 7:26 AM

I use Testors Model Master Steel #1780

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, September 7, 2019 7:44 AM

Not sure what effect you are going for,bare unpainted steel not in contact with anything would weather,or do you mean bare steel on the bottom of the rollers where the paint wore off 

Tamiya XF-84 Dark Iron ?

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Saturday, September 7, 2019 8:11 AM

Tojo72

Not sure what effect you are going for,bare unpainted steel not in contact with anything would weather,or do you mean bare steel on the bottom of the rollers where the paint wore off 

Tamiya XF-84 Dark Iron ?

 

 

The idler wheel was all steel, no rubber rim, so it would become a polished bare steel from use. Also the areas of the support skid on top of the bogie units, sprocket teeth, and end connector guide teeth would also get that look as well on metal to metal contact areas. Those areas can get pretty bright during use if not in muddy terrain. I like using Testors steel, or sometimes even add some Chrome Silver to brighten it up more.

 

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, September 7, 2019 8:52 AM

Needs more rust.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, September 7, 2019 12:29 PM

stikpusher

 

 
Tojo72

Not sure what effect you are going for,bare unpainted steel not in contact with anything would weather,or do you mean bare steel on the bottom of the rollers where the paint wore off 

Tamiya XF-84 Dark Iron ?

 

 

 

 

The idler wheel was all steel, no rubber rim, so it would become a polished bare steel from use. Also the areas of the support skid on top of the bogie units, sprocket teeth, and end connector guide teeth would also get that look as well on metal to metal contact areas. Those areas can get pretty bright during use if not in muddy terrain. I like using Testors steel, or sometimes even add some Chrome Silver to brighten it up more.

 

Yes,thats what I would use,like steel road wheels on Tigers,Panthers,and the like.For old untreated steel,I do like that Tamiya Dark Iron.

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Posted by M. Brindos on Saturday, September 7, 2019 1:03 PM

Another effect that I like, besides steel and aluminum dry brushing, is painting the surfaces NATO Black and rubbing them with a graphite pencil. The effect has has a perfect sheen of rubbed steel.

You don't even have to use black as a base color. I've used a graphite pencil for all sorts of fresh/bare metal finishes such as hatch rims and warn contact areas on hulls and turrets. Works especially well for machine guns.

Test it out and see for yourself.

Oh, and if you still have any laying around, an old no.2 lead pencil will give a darker iron look. Easy effects to use and look realistic without much effort.

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, September 8, 2019 11:54 AM

M. Brindos

Another effect that I like, besides steel and aluminum dry brushing, is painting the surfaces NATO Black and rubbing them with a graphite pencil. The effect has has a perfect sheen of rubbed steel.

You don't even have to use black as a base color. I've used a graphite pencil for all sorts of fresh/bare metal finishes such as hatch rims and warn contact areas on hulls and turrets. Works especially well for machine guns.

Test it out and see for yourself.

Oh, and if you still have any laying around, an old no.2 lead pencil will give a darker iron look. Easy effects to use and look realistic without much effort.

 

I have used regular pencils often. Are you saying a graphite pencil is different than regular pencils?

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Posted by M. Brindos on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 12:11 AM

Graphite pencils are not the same, no. The artists pencils range from very soft to very hard.

 

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Posted by GlennH on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1:10 PM

Thanks. I will look for a soft one next time I get someplace that sells that stuff.

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Posted by T26E4 on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:05 PM

GMorrison

Needs more rust.

 



Only if the Stuart hasn't moved recently.  Every time it moved, its idler and return rollers would be rubbed clean of any oxidation.

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