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First Wash Attempt - Need help

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
First Wash Attempt - Need help
Posted by dariencharlie on Saturday, March 1, 2003 12:12 PM
I tried a wash for my first time and don't think I am getting it quite right.

The surface is airbrushed Hubrol enamel. The wash is artist water colors, an almost black color.

Being my first time, I tried on a couple small parts, the landing gear doors and struts. (It's a 1/72 WWII Soviet fighter).

I slopped it on, and then wiped off with a damp paper towel, trying to wipe off generally but leave color in the recesses, nooks and crannys.

I mostly succeeded int overall darkening the shade of the entire surface a little bit.


Is darkening the overall shade part of the intent of a wash?

Should you wipe off right away, or let it all dry first?

Does it sound like perhaps I don't have the water color thinned enough?

Perhaps when I am ready to do the entire plane, and have first given it an overall Testors dull coat, that will make for a better surface for the wash?

Help appreciated!
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Panama City, Florida, Hurricane Alley
Posted by berny13 on Saturday, March 1, 2003 1:28 PM
Check out the February 2003 issue of FSM. There is hints on aging a Helldiver and how to weather an F-14 Tomcat.


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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, March 1, 2003 2:15 PM
yes that is a very good weathering special, it really helped me with as little as i know I can use all the help I can get in painting tips too :)
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by dariencharlie on Saturday, March 1, 2003 7:24 PM
I'll check that out, thanks.

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