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Postby Rogue Sub » Tue Feb 27, 2007 9:01 pm

Anyone know a good resource for learning how to do weathering or is it mostly just trial and error?
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Postby sam reichart » Wed Feb 28, 2007 12:54 pm

David Merriman has a tape set that describes his techniques...well worth owning. Contact David through his website...
www.vabiz.com/D&E

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Postby Rogue Sub » Wed Feb 28, 2007 1:13 pm

Thank you but the link wont work just takes me to a search engine.

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Postby aeroengineer1 » Wed Feb 28, 2007 2:48 pm

That link should have been www.vabiz.com/d&e

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Postby sam reichart » Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:15 pm

yep... i fat fingered it...and fixed it in my original.. apologies...
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Postby bob_eissler » Wed Feb 28, 2007 6:08 pm

Plastic modelers are good at weathering. Check out Fine Scale Modeler & its publisher, Kalmbach Publishing has books on detailing & weathering.
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Postby cyclops2 » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:49 pm

I have only weathered 1 model to try it out. I put a clear satin clear coat over the entire model. After 4 days of drying, I started the water colors applied from a fine tipped syringe. I dripped the color faster and wider if i needed a large rust pattern. It is actually fairly easy. Plus you can remove all, most, of any mistake right away with water and a rag. When dry I recoated with the clear coat again.
Looks great 5 years old.
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Postby pier 72 » Fri Nov 30, 2007 8:00 am

Guys, guys, guys, if it's rusting you're after why simulate it when you can use the real thing?

For years now, I've been using my own method of applying REAL RUST onto enamel painted hulls without the need to over-coat with varnish.

Years ago, under my old kitchen sink I found an old, brown and powdery steel wool pad and immediately knew what to do with it. I mixed a quantity of the rust powder with water (and later with a tiny bit of dish washing detergent) then brushed it directly onto the hull of my model. I let it air dry then lightly brushed away any excess. A couple of applications may be required to get the effect you're after. Purely by accident I discovered that it permanently stained enamel and didn't wash off during sailing, i.e. no need to over-coat. Model Boats magazine published my method last year but you can have a look at it in my "Hints...." page at www.pier72.com


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Postby pier 72 » Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:49 pm

And here's my completed Revel Gato, USS Flasher using my "Real Rust" method. It doesn't wash off during sailing........

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The only place I used a clear, Matt coat was over the decals. Some of the rust even stains those areas.

Wait until I start weathering my next project, a British T-Class Sub!!!!!
NOw that's going to be RUSTY!!!!
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Postby Al Nuci » Sun Jun 01, 2008 7:27 pm

I'm by far no modeler, but a simple method that I found to apply some weathered effects were to simply place some paint thinner in a cup and add some of Testors Rust color modelling paint little by little to the thinner until you reach the consistency you prefer, the application can be attained in a number of ways, eg, eye dropper, Q-tips, etc. I've recently weathered my Revell Gato by darkening the light colored areas and by adding some rust as mentioned. I know it's not Museum quality by no stretch but good enough for my standards. :D Al, Image Image
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Postby aquadeep » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:10 pm

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your boat looks great to me and your standards have always impressed me.I will be weathering soon my XXI and I hope it comes out as nice as yours with patience Im sure it will. Great job!I want to see her at the lake soon .

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Postby pier 72 » Thu Aug 28, 2008 5:35 am

That does look good.
I'm trying something else now, other than my rusty steel wool method.
I've got some of the stuff below.

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To get this nice effect...

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Postby Pirate » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:26 pm

How's this for a weathering tip Kevin:

• Paint the sucker
• Leave it outside in the rain, sun, heat and cold.
• Bring it in and coat over all the dirt and crap with clearcoat.

There you go—weathered.
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Postby Boss subfixer » Fri Aug 29, 2008 2:38 pm

Pete lets not forget the bird droppings!
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Postby Rogue Sub » Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:38 pm

HAr har Pete,

The funny part is I no longer clean my boats when i run them. My akula is developing a nice bit of nastiness on it that i think i will clear coat over soon :)
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