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D3721. Step 19.

Mick Bonwick


Pigments have been used to simulate the rusty surface of the exhaust silencer assembly.


The technique is to pick up pigment particles from the lid of the pot rather than plunge the brush into the pot itself. This means that the finest particles are being used to apply to the subject. The brush used is a filbert, chosen for its soft but firm bristles and rounded shape. I like soft, firm and rounded. Only small quantities are used, because it is only a suggestion of rust, and not a flaking, encrusted pile.



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I commented, back in June, that I was looking forward to this thread, with the hope of picking up some useful tips.  I can now say that it is proving to be a mine of information and I am enjoying your descriptions of the various processes that you use.


Somehow, no matter how good the detail, RTR plastic models look 'plastic'.  It has been fascinating to watch how you have changed that, especially in the later stages, when you have applied the fine pigment particles. The changes are subtle but extremely effective.


It may be a quite a leap from a rather oily diesel to a 19th century express locomotive but there are many thing I can take from your examples. 


Now, how to represent the use of tallow, to bring that 'scalloped' look that early engine cleaners like to create?  :)

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Now, how to represent the use of tallow, to bring that 'scalloped' look that early engine cleaners like to create?  :)


Now there's a challenge! I suspect we might be heading towards some isopropyl alcohol and a Tamiya cotton swab, but that would necessitate a new thread . . . . . . . .

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