model wash techniques

Thanks for your question. I try to not wipe directly over the panel line with a swab, as it might reach down in the recess and pull the oil up. I dunno…. Dampen these slightly, you don't want them wet. I also get a little oil- I mean a dab, and put it into the turpenoid tray- we’ll call this tray B. And with a good coat of Future, you can use oils over enamels (I’ve tried it….). Thanks! If you could help with my issue, I’d greatly appreciate it, thanks so much Jon. First, make sure you have a reasonably new blade in your knife…. Seriously… like I said, it’s very forgiving. Note how the panel lines and access door behind the cockpit now have enhanced contrast. Just lightly tap around to distribute it. You can get it slopped all over- and it just wipes right off, even a day later. The main thing is to have fun- enjoy oiling up those builds! Yahoo account. Future acrylic). The pre-treatment you’ve already done should aid in drawing this thicker color into the pael lines very well. By the way, your Mustang is in the showman class. Do you keep the traditional colour scheme, or go for something more artistic and original? Outstanding article Jon. Pour a glug of the dye into a jar and a few glugs of the alcohol. You’ll likely have a little excess still left, it may just look like a slight brown tint. What if you need to use paint over it say for more detailing? I’m about to wash a 40″ RC PT-Boat. It can be painted over without any problems. Oh, My projects are the Hobby Craft CF-105 Avro Arrow. As you’re doing your wash, you’re likely to run into some decals… and they might have panel lines going through them. If the decal starts to tear- your kinife is too dull! So I’m learning it all on my own. Say you do get a huge blob of oil in one area…. And if it’s 45 minutes, no problem. But you failed to mention ‘how to’ make such a great model like this one!! Acrylic paints + acrylic clear coat: chalk As you come to the end of a scale model build, you often have a few decisions to make – do you go for a polished finish, or a more weathered look? coat (e.g. will let you know how it all turned out. Though, this is a personal technique and not necessarily the best approach. coulda been 72 hours. Thanks Jon for the “How To” article on panel line wash. Chalk It Up To Pastels My second step to weathering ships involves the use of chalk pastels. Washing Miniatures. I use the brush and pull some turpenoid from an adjacent tray into the blob of oil…. doesn’t have to be brand new, like is recommended for masking canopies. You explain your technique in a very straight forward and easy to understand manner that even a slow dude like me can understand. If the area is in a tighter space, simply use a cotton swab instead of a paper towel. I don’t mix them- I just let it sit in with the oil paint It will  draw some color into it- this is what we’ll be working from, tray A for demonstration purposes. Jon, This is a great tutorial. It should take up the oil in the problem area. 2. Finally, some cotton swabs, paper towels and a small brush- I like a “0” brush. Thanks Jon, helped me a lot as did the air brush vid. For me personally, it’s … Some of the finer Do this for all the decals. The wash is then sealed in with a clear coat (probably flat Is Future absolutely necessary for sealing the paints before washing? John. My question(s) are about the Future wax. Scale Model Tips – How to Apply Decals Correctly. Never fear…. I will assume that it is the liquid stuff, when do you apply it and how. I’m so glad to hear that worked well for you! "Sludge wash" = get a big brush and literally slop it all over the model, wait a bit (the time depends on the kind of was used) then wipe it off. You can touch things up by adding more wash in any areas that need Let it dry for an hour or so, then start to Factors Determining Weathering. The lines become darkened which makes them much easier to see. If you get a little too much oil on the brush, use on of the other pools of turpenoid to wash it off. The solution will tend to wick into Paint a mixed color wash by layering a one-color, very pale wash over another pale wash of a different color. This worked fairly well, but dried very fast, and sometimes was a bit more difficult to clean up. I have seen some folks do it directly on the flat paint, to achieve a particular look. Once you are done, you may find some areas that the wash didn’t settle in to your liking, or maybe you accidentally wiped it away. Experiment with different cross-hatch methods. You will find that the wash will accumulate in the corners and around protruding details as it moves away from the flat surfaces of the airplane model kit. 6 Motion technology: Combines up to six different wash motions for the ultimate cleaning technology. I used a different brand (Turpenoid Natural)and it ate through two coats of Future and into the paint, ruining my paint job.” Yow! If it’s in an area you can get to it with the paper towel, get just the slightest amount of turpenoid on the paper towel, letting it soak in. . When brushed over the entire area, the color will flow off of the higher surfaces and stay in the cracks. It's always a good idea to practice new techniques on an old model or a scrap of plastic or wood prior to starting your first serious model. just pull some over from tray B as needed. The color is much more rich, and turpenoid spreads much better than water…. should be sealed onto the surface with a light clear coat. I’m left-handed…. E.g. As with all scale model projects, having good reference material is a good place to start. Erik’s note reminded me that I’d seen a similar report on another modeling forum. It includes a step-by-step guide on how to apply a wash. to the panel lines and surface detail. After that- you’re done with the wash. As you can see with the P-51C I have been working on, the oil wash really makes the panel lines stand out. Load the brush with the color paint for your wash and then dip the brush in water to thin. Oils take a loooooong time to fully cure. wax (clear acrylic). I’m always glad to help folks out! Scale Painting Techniques - Shading Model Aircraft Using Washes. wash gets absorbed by the surface and becomes very difficult to remove later. Here are a few of my videos you may find useful. You’ll see it removes a fair amount of surface oil. Thanks, Gabriel. Using the “rounded” edge, very lightly begin wiping in the direction of the airflow. Q-tips. A real show stopper!! To ensure the painting is uniform and neat you should first clean all components with soapy water to remove dust, grease and fingerprint residue, rinse with clean, warm water and allow to air dry. A glosscoat is the easiest way to do that. Since I am located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I wanted to say that I used ALBA turpentine as my thinner and it works good. You may find you need to do this periodically, or you can start getting some heavy deposits of oil. Normally only one or two colours of wash are used; if more colours are used the result is likely to be classified as a full watercolor painting. You’ll notice I colored outside the lines a bit. As you’ve been doing this, you’ll notice the turpenoid in tray A is gettting lower. And thanks for the information regarding the thinner you used, I’m sure others will find that helpful. Keep up the good work, Jon! I generally apply it via airbrush for general coverage, and it makes a nice glossy surface for decals, washes, etc. I start by putting a glob of oil paint in one tray of the mixing dish- you can see it’s size next to the “0” brush. Firstly, I must say that as a proud Christian, I find your online ministry very inspiring, and know God is very pleased in you doing so. There is quite a bit of debate about how realistic this effect is- but I’ll leave that discussion to the various forums. I used the technique and it works perfectly. Pour the dust into a small mixing Login with your Facebook, Twitter, Google or That’s right, walk away. The subject - this is the obvious. Feel free to message me directly through the Contact button at the top of the page. You may run into a section that is a little tougher to wipe off the excess oil. ( snooty, unhelpful, jerky builders) brotherhood. This is where you let the paint dry then you wash on a very wet layer of black and swish it around with the brush. If it gives it a weathered look you like, you can certainly leave it. ! For a long time I used acrylic washes thinned with water and a few drops of dish soap. Sometimes it helps to have a pizza or a BBQ plate waiting to help you pass the time away. hey- why would you blame me? On the next two pages we outline some flaws of the old model of hygiene education. Thank you for a very comprehensive tutorial. Hi iceman! I use this technique, except that I just use one “blob”, but I’m game to trying something different. Learn how to weather your airplane … What I do is use some of the very thin turpenoid to get the panel lines “wet”, so when I use some of the thicker oil from the other tray, it will flow nicely. In this world you will have trouble. I have been searching high-and-low on the net for a good wash technique, and this is it. There are certainly other techniques for washes. I’ve successfully put a dull coat over them after 24 hours, put when I’ve tried to add other paint or finishing steps, I found that a week was need. Dry brushing: This is where you put paint on your brush then wipe it off. Simply keep doing that until you’ve reduced the excess to a manageable amount. They are also great to use as visual sequence reminders for the steps or items needed in order to wash hands. A pin wash is a highlighting panel lines,raised details,corners and crevices.It is very thinned enamel paint 90-10% applied to a gloss service.Using a small brush touch it to the line or the corner and capillary action will draw it down the line or around details.It can be cleaned with a thinner dampened brush after it dries. Big project, say a prayer for me will ya . As with any chemical used for modeling applications, always test it on a scrap piece if possible first! While panicing is certainly an option, it’s not really necassary. lines). Also be careful of using a wash with a thinner You can get a tube at Hobby Lobby or Michaels with a coupon for just a few dollars, and a larger tube should last quite a long time. Or 96. What you do is to wipe parallel  to the panel line. it also protects the underlying paint from interacting with the wash. It's not very scientific, but it works for me. it. LG’s line of washing machines offer innovative features including: Varied capacities: Whatever size you are looking for, LG has the washing machine to fit your lifestyle and laundry loads. Thanks for your patience. Well done Jon. Gonna get some top coat. But it does need to be reasonably sharp. This tutorial sets out the theory and practice of using a paint wash to improve the appearance of a scale model. Your straight forward tech advice is pleasing. If you’re working on a very dark aircraft… black, blue, etc., try using a shade of gray to highlight panel lines, something that is lighter than the aircraft color. that was also used for the underlying paint. ). Instead of a coffee filter would you recommend 0000 steel wool? Almost every part of a ship model can benefit from a wash and dry-brush. Using that, lightly wipe over the area where there is excess. Washes are made by thinning the acrylic paint to a watery consistency. before (top) and after (bottom) applying the wash. The beauty of oils is that they are very forgiving. Iknow this thread is nearly a decade old, but thanks so much for posting. What truly makes a model look real is when it looks used. acrylic wash (acrylic paint + water + drop of dishwashing liquid). It’s very useful for quite a few applications in modeling. It is relatively easy to master and being one of the first techniques developed it became almost universally employed. First, the model must be glossy – the wash will go on better and come off easi- er than on a flat paint. Don’t worry- the Future will protect the decal from staining. Step By Step. The pictures below show the application of a Hi John! Check your email- I sent you a detailed reply that will hopefully answer your questions. Oh yeah! I finished up the wing. I tend to give it a little more drying time in an area that had problems, just to make sure the wash stays down. with a brush to the panel lines and other detail as shown below right. Thanks for the reply Jon. Give the oils at least 24 hours to dry before applying any dull coat. Squeaky-clean has its merits, but the model that's sure to generate attention and comment is the one that looks like it might smell of hot glycol or burnt kerosene. wash (pastel chalk dust + water + drop of dishwashing liquid), Enamel paints + acrylic clear coat: oil wash maybe that’s it. Then add just Load a brush with the wash and wet down the entire part of the aircraft model that you want to enhance. And do you use the provided decals, paint your own designs, or keep it clean? The oil will wait. Thank you. (And if it doesn’t…. Just get some turpenoid from tray B, and using that, slide the excess oil around to fill in adjacent panel lines. The beauty of this technique is that it can be made with any color – even white! Then, I put turpenoid in three other trays. In order to decrease the number of verbal directions, using a visual schedule or visual cards for hand washing can be helpful. Placing the blade in a panel line, lightly drawing it through the decal. You can tell if the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol by looking at the product label. May 05, 2015 : Blending and Shading with Washes. I don’t know actually – never used the stuff. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Only the edges and surface details of the model pick up the paint, so the technique highlights surface texture and makes edges stand out. I’m going to be working on a nearly completed Accurate Miniature’s P-51C. Don’t push down, or you’ll get into the recesses and pull out what you want to keep. It should really start making the panel line start standing out. Let the capillary action draw the turpenoid into the panel line. Lots of the techniques used to weather aircraft and armour models will work really well on your Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Steampunk and other similar models and you will find links to these below… Applying metal pigment with a Rubber Brush – with Mig Jimenez – HD Video DEMO Dirt, Grime and Streaking effects 3 HD Video Demos! Way it looks- plain and simple so lost because i don ’ t down. The mixture with a light clear coat ( e.g to fill in adjacent panel lines and access door behind cockpit... 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