How to make scale cockpits
One MOre Trick
One little trick that I have discovered recently
that works a subtle magic on my pilot figures
is to take baby powder and a super-soft brush
and apply some of the powder on highlighted
areas. I then spray on a protective coat of
Testors Dull Cote to protect and matte the finish.
At first, it really looks like too much and can be
scary. But when the Dull Cote hits it, something
weird happens and the light-colored pastels
and powder become translucent. I find that this
softens all the colors and any harsh gradients,
making the finish even more matte—a desirable
thing for a scale warbird.
As with anything new, start out small and work up. Detailed cockpits are small projects within the
larger model-airplane project, and the feeling of accomplishment you’ll receive for a job well done is
satisfying. Plus, you will amaze your fellow club members. Give it try. J
Before: This bulkhead hatch door was made out of
simple plastic parts, strips of aluminum-foil tape, and
bits of balsa.
Details and painted highlights aren’t just for the cockpit. Any crew compartment, like this side gunner
position in an RC PBY Catalina, benefits from added eye candy. Of course, all the wood surfaces will get
the painted highlighting treatment.
After: After applying some paint, dark wash, and highlights, the hatch door looks very convincing.
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