Weathering a plastic model is more art than science. That’s my story anyway, and I’m sticking to it! I explained in my last post the proper procedure for adding panel lines and post-shading. First, draw in the lines. Then add a coat of clear flat to “kill” the metallic sheen on the pencil lines. Then add the post-shading using ground charcoal and a Micro Brush.
Ahem. That was a good plan, but as we all know sometimes we don’t follow our plans. I went ahead and started post-shading before adding the flat coat, and then tried to apply a flat coat over the post-shading. This did not work very well. It didn’t destroy the model, it just doesn’t look as good as it could have. Kids at home–do as I say, not as I do!
The exhaust from the engines can be simulated with charcoal. In this case I use a “stub” brush to apply it, not the Micro Brush.
The ribs on the rudder can be “faked” with a Micro Brush and charcoal.
The biggest problem with the model was the “stark” quality of the very light tan over the darker colors. I ground up some sepia pastel…
…and applied it with a finger-tip.
I believe it “toned down” the starkness and made the tan color more acceptable.