Painting and WeatheringI paint weird, I know it, but it works for me. I never really pay too much attention to what paints Iím using so canít really tell you what I used or added exactly. I do try to keep my paints in separate draws, enamels with enamels, acrylics with acrylics, so I donít grab the wrong type. I also write the color on the tops on a white marking dot, and put a little dab of color on the dot, and grab what looks good. I used MM ODÖ. Itís my base color. I first airbrushed a little Testors flat black along the welds, shadow areas etc. a little heavier around the exhaust deflector. I then use nothing more than light dustcoats, to bring my models up to the color density I want. I then will lighten my basic color with a little flesh, or tan, and again just use dustcoats lightening sections until it looks good to me. When this is done, I just leave it to dry. Now drying for me is a long time, I work on other kits. It may sit there for weeks, before I actually feel like working on it again, so the paint is fully cured. I then will apply a few pin washes; I use enamels and have never had a problem with it lifting the previous coats. (Must be the log drying times!!!) I then will dust on some lighter color coats. Iím really not a big fan of dry brushing, and do very little of it.
DecalsBefore the real weathering begins, I added the decals. I used the kit decals for Classy Peg. They went on over a spot of Future with no problems. The kit decal is wrong, as both are suppose to be facing forward, so I needed to make one up. I tried scanning and printing on clear film, but they were so transparent they disappeared on the OD paint, so I tried on white film, this time they were bright enough, but had a ghastly white outline. I tried painting this out and it looked worse than ever. OFF it came. I then got out the enamels paints, and a fine brush and hand painted one of the printed ones on the clear film. Actually I did about a dozen, and picked the best. Then laziness set in, and instead of firing up that airbrush for a coat of clear, I grabbed a rattle can of clear Krylon, and sprayed! It came out with such force that it made the decal super thick. (My airbrushes are always set up, and this certainly is a lesson in being lazy!) I applied the dried decal the next day, and boyÖ. It sure was thick!!! A few over coats of future over the decal, and its self-leveling properties helped hide the thick decal. I also made sure that this side received a few extra coats of flat at the end! Continuing the weathering, I then applied tiny dots of oil paints, white, red, yellow, and my favorite color Payneís Grey. When I say tiny, I mean exactly that, smaller than a pinpoint, after these were on (I do a section at a time) I proceeded to draw them downward with a flat brush. The smaller your dot, the more subdued will be the results. If they arenít strong enough for your liking, you can always add more. After several sessions of doing this, I achieved the look I was after. Again the model was set aside to dry for a few days, and then a light dusting of flat. I then started to airbrush light dustings of earth colors on. Again whatever bottle I grabbed and if it was along the earth tone line, I used it. So canít really tell you exactly what colors I use. I thin these coats to about 1 part paint, 9 parts thinner, and spray at about 7 PSI, with my Iwata HP-B airbrush. Itís basically a dirty color thinner going on, in extremely light coats. If you can see it when it wet, you put too much on. So dust a little on and let it dry, and it will show up better. The darker colors I used towards the bottom, the lighter ones towards the top. You want to be barely able to see them after they are dry. This blends all the previous colors together. Knowing when to stop, to suit your style is the secret. Since I use the same technique of light dusting coats when doing my groundwork trying to keep the vehicle, and groundwork somewhat similar is important. After the vehicle is mounted, I then do a little more light dustings to bring it all together. You need to visualize the finished piece, during this process, since itís easy to over do, and hard to undo. Pastels, and dry pigment will come after the vehicle is mounted to the base. Iím afraid to disappoint everyone, but I prefer to use my airbrush and paint to represent my weathering and therefore light dusting coats account for 98% of my weathering, and I use very little pastel or dry pigments. I preferring to have these represent -well- dry dust and dirt, applied at the very end, after the vehicle is safely mounted to it protective base, where it will not be handled. I do not over coat these. Well, there you have it. I really did nothing beyond the reach of any modeler of average skill, with a little experience with basic scratch building, a little experience with a good quality airbrush, some time, patience, and a desire to have a go at ďno after marketĒ. I do apologize for the quality of some of the photos. They were shot over a period of 1- a dying monitor, 2- a low pixel camera, 3- Learning to use a new camera, and 4- learning to use photoshop. I hope you enjoyed the article, hopefully someone learned something along the way, and hopefully it has inspired some readers to expand beyond the ďI have to buy after market to build a good model.Ē For myself the enjoyment has always been trying to make and improve my models with my skills and talents. As I said many times throughout this article, there is not one technique that the average modeler cannot do. Give it a try, you may surprise yourself.
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