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Old 01-08-2011, 03:15 PM   #1
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Tools Filthy photos!

We went to the Historic Dockyard at Chatham this weekend, lots of old naval equipment and machinery on display, in various states of repair and disrepair. I thought it might be useful for model makers if I took and uploaded some images of weathering, dirt, rust and general filth, as I've always found it handy to have "real" references when painting models.

This selection is really a "start" - if anyone wants to add any similar images they have, that would be great, the more the merrier!

At the moment this is a fairly random selection of images, but if a lot more were added, perhaps they could be organised into categories?


Cheers,

Phil
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Old 01-08-2011, 05:09 PM   #2
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Looks like my workshop at the moment...
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Old 05-08-2011, 02:15 PM   #3
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Those are some exellent pictures Exterminator, thank you.

I don't have any myself at the moment to add, but can offer some advise on how to get some great tips for those that have a bit of money to spend. Games Workshop sell a large hardback book from their subsiduary, Forgeworld.

It is called "Imperial Armour Model Masterclass", volume 1 and it has some amazing tips inside, such as the use of oils ans Johnson's "Kleer" floor polish to get realistic fluid run effects, the use of the small plastic balls from inside a "Britta" water filter cartridge as small scale rivets, and sponging on metallic paint over a crisp paint job to produce chipped paintwork.

I don't know how these tips would translate to larger subjects, and of course they only help for vehicles subject to atmospheric weathering, but some of the general painting techniques could be adapted to work on any subject.
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:17 PM   #4
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Here is my two cents worth:

I had a bit of scrap tube laying about the place so decided to try to demonstrate how you turn bright and shiny paint work into the surface of a machine that works for a living (any resemblance to Thunderbird Three is purely deliberate)

Follow the sequence of images it covers pre planning number colours and tiles. I always try to take care of the tricky stuff first, for me it's signage, whether they are logos, letters or numbers:

First some black undercoat, if the letter were to be white you would definitely start here with white paint. The number is a vinyl cut out placed after the paint is dry. after this a couple of rectangles of vinyl to represent differing shades for a panel effect.


Here I have applied 2 coats of lightly sprayed orange paint and removed the tiles. this will darken the further coats of paint in those areas. Orange is translucent and I am taking advantage of that fact.


Two coats down two to go so it's time to remove the tile masking


What you are left with is two darker patches of the same colour giving a pleasing panel effect. I have added some outlines and details with a bic black biro and thin steel ruler.






In the following images you can see I've added more lines and rubbed a little black powder into the surface which was rubbed in with some worn 320 wet or dry abrasive paper, Only go in the same direction of flight to make it look a little streaky. To further add dirtying effects cover some areas with brown parcel tape and dab around the tape edges. Once the tape is removed you will have a lighter panel.










Finally here is what I was after, still working on it but getting there, this still if from "Cry Wolf" of the 6 foot model which is gorgeous.

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Old 17-08-2011, 05:20 PM   #5
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Good example Captain - weathering is an area I need to get into so I'm always looking for tips (tips with pictures are the best).

THANKYOU!
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Old 17-01-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
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THANKS!!! keep up the good work, I appreciate all good modeling tips, keep them coming,they are great help.
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Old 15-05-2012, 06:59 PM   #7
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Newbie on here - but getting back into my modelling!

Sorry if I'm teaching you to suck eggs - but a great weathering effect I've picked up and am experimenting with is the use of salt to simulate rusting...

Loads of you tube and google articles - one of which is below...

http://www.scalemodelguide.com/guide...lt-weathering/
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Old 16-05-2012, 06:37 AM   #8
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Hi BusyBee


That's a cool tip, I for one didn't know that, will come in useful, as I'm building a model of a off shore oil rig. (lots of rust).

Hope you enjoy your stay, lots of good people here and usefull info.

Frank
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Old 17-06-2013, 08:43 PM   #9
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Very nice, thanks!!!
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Old 17-06-2013, 08:45 PM   #10
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For rusting I use "MIG" pigments. Amazing results
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