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Turned aluminium cowling effect
gastec
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 07:25 PM GMT+7
My first ever attempt at a turned aluminium cowling effect....













Base colour is Tamiya XF-16 Flat Aluminium with a little light grey added to dull it down. When dry, I made the swirls with an acrylic paint pen I sourced from an art supplies shop. Utilises a ball type pen nib, flows freely and easily controlled. Much easier than using a paint brush.



I expect you'd need a finer pen (if available?) for anything smaller than 1/32 scale.

Gary
drabslab
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European Union
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Posted: Thursday, January 04, 2018 - 07:49 PM GMT+7
Very nice effect and very wel done

This demonstates that some good thinking can replace complex techniques to achieve some effect.
Kevlar06
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Washington, United States
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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 06:12 AM GMT+7
Really nice work-- can you tell us who makes the acrylic pen you used? I see the name "Mitsubishi" on one side-- I'm trying to figure out if I can get the same thing here in the States. You're right--it sure beats using a paint brush-- and there's are probably lots of other applications as well-- thanks for pointing it out!
VR, Russ
redcap
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Posted: Friday, January 05, 2018 - 08:17 AM GMT+7
Highly convincing and for a first attempt, a very impressive result indeed.

Gary
JackFlash
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Posted: Saturday, January 06, 2018 - 05:40 PM GMT+7
Nice.
CaptnTommy
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Connecticut, United States
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Posted: Monday, January 08, 2018 - 04:30 AM GMT+7
Excellent technique!

Look for pictures of the real thing, I have a color picture of the Spirit of Saint Louis. that shows a Wash or stain on the surface, I think is oil or varnish for protection of the metal. An interesting look.

I am going to try your method.

Captn Tommy
WIggus
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Posted: Friday, February 09, 2018 - 01:44 AM GMT+7
This looks fantastic Gary. I'll definitely try this sometime.
Jessie_C
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Posted: Friday, February 09, 2018 - 05:35 AM GMT+7

Quoted Text

Excellent technique!

Look for pictures of the real thing, I have a color picture of the Spirit of Saint Louis. that shows a Wash or stain on the surface, I think is oil or varnish for protection of the metal. An interesting look.

I am going to try your method.

Captn Tommy



The stain on the Spirit of St Louis is a varnish which was applied at the Smithsonian Institute to preserve the painted flags; they didn't expect it to turn yellow the way it has (and you thought it was only modellers who have yellowing problems). They're now searching for a safe way to remove the varnish without taking the flags with it. If you want to portray the aircraft as it looked when new, don't put the stain on
Mgunns
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Posted: Monday, February 12, 2018 - 09:18 AM GMT+7
Very nicely done and I am sure that using the pen allevites the agony of using a paint brush. I will try that on my next build that requires that machining affect.