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Old 10-03-2006, 01:29 AM   #1
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Default How do I weather a model?

Well, I'm building an X-wing, and I'd like to not make it look "factory fresh." Would an "oil wash" be a good idea? How would I do it? Any other weathering tips?

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Old 10-03-2006, 01:49 AM   #2
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Here's some advice from acknowledged masters...

http://www.starshipmodeler.com/tech/aw_wx.htm

http://www.starshipmodeler.com/tech/mp_wash.htm
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Old 10-03-2006, 05:07 AM   #3
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Howdy from Mike,

Alex if i may, i would like to offer up my two cents worth of advice.

Weathering is a ton of fun, but also must be done right or you mess up the entire look of your prized model and all that hard work.

See if you can get good jpgs of the studio model and use that as a guide to see where they weathered there models and how much.
A big thing about weathering is knowing when to stop and not over doing it.

Mike Trim taught me to look at how nature, speed, applies wathering be it a aircraft or car see how dirt settles or oil streaks on planes. To see how speed will drag oil or where dust and dirt hold on a plane how it it dragged by wind.

I use Dry pastels as it's safer than airbrush unless your very comfortable with your airbrush. Why dry pastel and they must be DRY PASTEL not oil. I find it's a way to safely weather and you have more control over placement and how much. Plus if you messed up on a area or to dark heck wash it off with a Q-Tip . I bought a box of pastels with every color in the rainbow also found at hobby shops. So i can blend to make rust or oil or earth you name it. I find a old model paint brush or buy cheep ones as you will destroy them as you need to press firmly down and rub in places or drag . Now get a small bit of sand paper rub the Dry pastel on to it so it creates a powder. Dab a bit with your brush and get into deep cracks or lines with deep detail areas and use your brush to blend it around your detail it wil pop your detail. Once your done now don't over do it or it will look like the pilot hates his craft for not taking care of it spary the model with a clear matt coat to seal all your weathering.
Happy weathering it makes a world of differnce to a model to make it look real. If you email me i can send you a jpg of a Battlestar Galactica viper i did, i even melted a small hole threw the wing and before glueing the wing togehter i placed electronics wires in between remelted in the hole to melt the plastc cover off the wires then weathered. looks like a laser blast went threw. my email is mangoldmc@hotmail.com
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Cheers Mike - this just reminded me to disable guest posting!!!


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