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08-07-2012 10:17 PM  6 years agoPost 1
sstewart

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Anyone have tips on how to shadow panel lines and non-functioning doors ?

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08-07-2012 10:34 PM  6 years agoPost 2
MattJen

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I bought my machine second hand so the fuse was already painted.
a good friend of mine Bellbloke does stuff for the movies so offered to teach me weathering and how to airbrush pannel lines on an already painted fuse.

i found a drawing on the net, and also found a jpeg here on RR in the scale forum.

I used a method that could be easily removed with a damp cloth,the paint was an oil base paint so took time to dry, so if if my first attempts were rubbish it was not a permanent thing.I used masking tape and just brushed up to the tape and then removed the tape which revealed a faint line.

Practice and practice was the case in my sitaution.

From what i have read from the experts on this forum, surface prep is the key to any good finish and the more effort you put in the prep the better the final finish will look.

I look forward to this thread as more of the experts give you advice, good luck in what you do..

Matt

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08-07-2012 11:24 PM  6 years agoPost 3
torque

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on my scale machines i did, i took a soft leaded pencil and drew them in. then clear coated the fuselage. the lines were not a harsh black color but a nice gray color. i thought it looked good.

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08-09-2012 01:53 AM  6 years agoPost 4
Dr.Tim

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I use charcoal (Art Stuff) rub it on my finger and rub around panel lines and raised panels, then with some furniture spray polish I rub the open areas around were I just layed the charcoal down. By rubbing the open areas you will work the charcoal into and around the rivits as well as "Set" the Charcoal. With a little practice your results will look very realistic.

Dr.Tim

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08-09-2012 04:29 PM  6 years agoPost 5
sstewart

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Thanks for the feedback. I'll give it a try and let everyone see the results.

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