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    April, 2017
Making a convincing wooden propeller?
Posted by Dancing Imu on Friday, August 17, 2018 1:23 PM

Hi.  I'm building a V-173 Flying Pancake and it has two absolutely huge wooden propellers.

My problem?  I'm not sure how to paint a convincing wood.  I've tried striaght brown leaving brush marks, but that just ends up looking like... well, brown with brush marks.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Tags: painting
  • Member since
    July, 2008
  • From: Albany, NY
Posted by jeffpez on Friday, August 17, 2018 1:31 PM

Wingnut Wings site has a section with various tips on how to build their WW1 era planes including how to paint realistic wood using artist oils. Take a look:

http://www.wingnutwings.com/ww/hintsandtips

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, August 18, 2018 8:25 AM

My normal technique is to apply a base coat of a yellow orange color, or a light wood color, then drybrush a darker brown over it.

Drybrushing is a technique that is falling into disuse these days.  If you are not experienced with it, I recommend practicing on scrap plastic.  I use a pallet of plastic coated cardboard, which I get from advertising flyers, especially now from candidates for election!

Dip the brush in the brown paint, only partially immersing it, and spread the paint on the pallet.  Then clean the brush with a paper towel, and pick up a small amount of the paint on the pallet, and brush with medium pressure on the part that has been painted with the lighter coat.  It takes experience to get the brush just wet enough.  Move the brush only in the direction you want the grain to go.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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    September, 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, August 18, 2018 11:49 AM

It’s really important to work from a photo.

The lamination does some things that are unexpected but are important if it is to look real.

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    April, 2017
Posted by Dancing Imu on Saturday, August 18, 2018 7:15 PM
Great, thanks! Sounds like I need to practice the technique a few times before attacking my props with it. I've heard of dry brushing before, but never attempted it. Good advice about that base coat, too. Thanks!
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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Saturday, September 01, 2018 10:46 AM

Found a couple of useful YouTube videos...

 

Using Oils:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_dszpr5iY4

 

Using watercolor pencils:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCB4I_UNJM0

 

  • Member since
    April, 2017
Posted by Dancing Imu on Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:15 PM
Wow! Thank you, those are very interesting.
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    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:04 PM

If you want to take it up a notch, check this out:

Imitation of fabric on wings - WW1 Bi planes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDlg-AIYn0U

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 11:45 AM

BTW, here is what my props look like on my Flapjack.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    April, 2017
Posted by Dancing Imu on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 2:10 PM

Nice, sweet propellers.  Four blades?

I saw the YouTube videos for doing wood with pencil.  I think that's the way that I'll go, I'm terrible with paint...

 

Thanks again, everyone!

  • Member since
    January, 2013
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 10:29 AM

Came across this product this morning....

https://www.ultracast.ca/product-p/rb-t036.htm

 

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