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Old 05-19-2017, 12:42 PM   #1
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Default Code 3: Enhancing Panel Lines Plus Weathering

I wanted to share my recent code 3 work with you all. *I decided to give a little weathering and "ink" the panel lines of the control surfaces, on the latest addition to my 1/72 collection, a Hobby Master 1/72 A-4E Skyhawk in the TOPGUN scheme. *Famously known as Jester's aircraft from the movie TOP GUN. *

I did this with a few of my Hobby Master Models, another one was an F-4 that was all gray. *Hobby Master stopped doing the washes, which was kind of a good thing, but the overall finish of the model seemed a bit unexciting. *The results brought my A-4 and F-4 to life, and gave off a more realistic look, and sheds off that diecast toy appearance.

I know i shared somthing like this in the past, but without an effective way to explain. I suppose you can say, i've got the hang of this Forum member Ladia asked a little more about this process. Ladia, sorry to not reply sooner, but better late than never.

Before the Code 3 work:

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Using a Pilot G-2 gel ink pen with a 0.38 thickness, and running the pen along the panel lines, making about 6-7 passes and giving a fair amount of ink. *The more ink, the dirtier the weathering.
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Next, i used my thumb and with a little pressure, pressed down, then slide down. *Use other lines for reference to make sure the smears are parallel.
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You will achieve this result
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I particularly liked the nose area. *The Navy tends to let their planes to get dirty.
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My F-4, starboard wing before code 3 work
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Again, using the Pilot G-2 .38 pen
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Smearing the ink
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It felt like getting a new model! *I developed a greater appreciation for this one, and more then never, i would take this one down from the shelf and simply admire it.
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Wow that looks impressive. Might have to try that on one of my German Phantoms.
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You might be better off using a 2B pencil.
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Thanks for sharing your weathering technique. I like that you used available household items & made your model come alive. I may give this a go instead of using a panel wash from my LHS.
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Your weathering is very impressive and looks very real. Commercial airliners also have weathering. Some airlines more than others. I would like to see your skill on say an old B727 cargo plane.

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