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painting details on photo etch instrument panel

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dlh
  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Chambersburg, PA
painting details on photo etch instrument panel
Posted by dlh on Thursday, March 5, 2020 11:01 AM

I'm going to build several of the re-released Apollo models.  I have the photo etch/resin detail sets. The interior instrument panels have lots of details.  The panels will get a gray/blue coat overall.  Are there any tricks  to painting the tiny details within the panel?

I'm thinking something like a wash that could be wiped off the panel surface leaving it in the recessed details.  I'm not sure that a wash will give the contrast I desire.  Anyone have any advice for this?  Thanks

 

Dave

  • Member since
    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, March 6, 2020 1:32 PM

I thinned gloss black paint quite a bit, but not quite a wash.  I shook the bottle, took off the cap, leaving a thin layer of black paint. I dipped a toothpick inside the cap, straight up, leaving just a little paint on the tip.  I then touched it inside the dial.  A couple of more drops and the paint flowed out to the rim.  I used gloss black to simulate glass covered dials.  I use flat paint for the panels.  The glossy dials look just like glass instruments on a flat painted panel.

 

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

dlh
  • Member since
    March 2017
  • From: Chambersburg, PA
Posted by dlh on Saturday, March 7, 2020 9:46 AM

Don Stauffer

I thinned gloss black paint quite a bit, but not quite a wash.  I shook the bottle, took off the cap, leaving a thin layer of black paint. I dipped a toothpick inside the cap, straight up, leaving just a little paint on the tip.  I then touched it inside the dial.  A couple of more drops and the paint flowed out to the rim.  I used gloss black to simulate glass covered dials.  I use flat paint for the panels.  The glossy dials look just like glass instruments on a flat painted panel.

 

 

Thanks Don.  I'll give it a try.

Dave

  • Member since
    July 2019
  • From: Swayzee, IN.
Posted by Cheesenip1462 on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 6:49 PM
Which photo etch and resin sets are you using? I've been trying to track down some detail sets for some of the Apollo stuff, and all I can find is photo etch for the old Airfix Saturn V. Been on the hunt for nicer engine nozzles and stuff like that.
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