Paint Chipping and scuffing effects on your model ...

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Paint Chipping and scuffing effects...

You can add paint chipping and scuffing effects by drawing the desired markings on the dry paint surface using a silver pencil. However make sure the paint is totally dry!

Another method is to paint the area with the required undercoat colour first (this can be steel, aluminium, copper etc). Once dry apply masking liquid to the areas where the chipping effect is required.

Again, once dry, paint over the required top coat and when this is dry rub off the masking to reveal the metallic paint underneath, this from experience takes a lot longer however gives a much better effect.

On a surface that has been painted with an undercoat, lightly mist with water and sprinkle on table salt. Leave this to dry and follow up with a top coat of paint. When this has dried the salt underneath can be rubbed off revealing simulated chipping down to the undercoat.

Achieving a paint wear and chipping effect...

Worn paint and a chipping effect is a brilliant way to achieve a dirty, and realistic looking scale model aircraft.

To get this effect, prime the entire model aircraft with a grey plastic primer. Wait until this application is dry then coat the model with flat Aluminium paint and dry overnight (recommendable to wait 24 hours to dry).

Using an acrylic paint, spray the model aircraft colour scheme and let dry for about 1½ hour. At this point, you should be able to hold the model and not leave fingerprints.

Take some tape, press it onto the surface of the scale model aircraft and peel off fast. Apply this effect wherever is necessary (e.g. wing roots, propeller blades, cowling, etc).

This should pull up some colour leaving the silver showing through. It takes some work and if the paint is too dry, you will need a stronger tape, like duct tape. Coating the model aircraft with future floor wax will cause the paints to blend, leaving a high-quality paint chip effect.

Paint chipping on the Wing Root...
On World War 2 aircraft is was quite common for the paint between the fuselage and the wing root to be damaged by the pilot and ground crew walking up and down to the cockpit.

For this you can use a silver pencil. Using the tip of the silver pencil start creating the chipping by applying small dots on the wing root. Applying dots will give you better control of the pencil and create a more realistic effect. DO NOT DRAW on the model or it will look like it was drawn.

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