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Way to show paint finish wear on modern aircraft

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  • Member since
    July 2013
  • From: Chicago area
Way to show paint finish wear on modern aircraft
Posted by modelmaker66 on Saturday, November 30, 2019 2:32 AM

Hi! guys! Happy holidays! I was wondering the best way to show paint finish wear on modern aircraft that looks like like spotty bleaching of paint or stippled looking salt wear on navy jets. Let me now what you do. It's kind of an advanced technique so I need pointers.

  • Member since
    April 2003
  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Saturday, November 30, 2019 2:53 AM

Checkout a few youtube videos on black basing.  I'm super new to it so I dont have a lot of help here.  Others like lawdog can certainly help.

Thanks,

John

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Saturday, November 30, 2019 8:34 AM

I use an airbrush to chalk the finish on upper areas.  I mix in some white with the paint I have used for the finish.  Then put a very thin coat, very transparent, on top of fuselage, top of wings and stab/elevator.  Like many weathering techniques, less is more.

This technique dulls and fades decals too, making them more realistic.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Saturday, November 30, 2019 8:53 AM

Don Stauffer

I use an airbrush to chalk the finish on upper areas.  I mix in some white with the paint I have used for the finish.  Then put a very thin coat, very transparent, on top of fuselage, top of wings and stab/elevator.  Like many weathering techniques, less is more.

This technique dulls and fades decals too, making them more realistic.

I do sort of what Don does, but I start with dry-brushing instead of the AB. Lighten your base color -- just a tiny bit to start, so you can barely see any contrast -- and sort of feather/scrub the color, concentrating on centers of panels and wear areas.

The 'hairy stick' lends itself to a slightly more 'random' look than the airbrush, but can produce effects nearly as subtle with a little practice.

BTW, I base coat with acrylics, and usually dry-brush with enamels. Easier and cleaner to remove a bit, if you're not happy with it. Big Smile

Greg

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    July 2014
Posted by modelcrazy on Saturday, November 30, 2019 9:49 AM

I use black basing and color modulation.

Steve

Building a kit from your stash is like cutting a head off a Hydra, two more take it's place.

 

 

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