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Weathering canopies?

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  • Member since
    April, 2018
Weathering canopies?
Posted by Oxboy on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 12:38 PM

Do you guys do anything to canopies to make them not look so new, shiny and/or polished compared to the rest of the weathered model?

 
Thanks.
  • Member since
    September, 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 2:23 PM

Oxboy

Do you guys do anything to canopies to make them not look so new, shiny and/or polished compared to the rest of the weathered model?

 
Thanks.
 

It's probably a minority who do, and when it's done, it's specifically for the effect, such as for an aircraft in a diorama, where a pristine, crystal-clear canopy would look out of place.

Usually, we're looking to allow someone looking at the model to see as much of the detail under it as possible.

I remember the subject of the look of weathered plexiglass coming up in a thread about making the canopy as clear as possible.  It was pointed out that plexiglass would indeed weather, accumulating fine scratches, if nothing else, and if the subject was a wreck, or an object not undergoing some kind of regular maintenance, the canopy would quickly become opaque with scratches, dust, and dirt.

But like I said, I can only think of weathering a clear part, when it's necessary to tell the story, like Shep Paine did in a couple of his dioramas for Monogram.

Best regards,

Brad

The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.

 

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  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, May 02, 2018 9:25 AM

I have occasionally airbrushed a very thin coat of Testors dullcoat for this effect.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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