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1/12 scale Datsun 240Z paint help neededI

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  • Member since
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  • From: Cincinnati Ohio
1/12 scale Datsun 240Z paint help neededI
Posted by Tracy B on Monday, July 16, 2018 9:57 PM

A couple of weeks ago I started the Tamiya 1/12 scale 240Z/G (great kit even if it doesn't include left hand drive conversion parts) I want to build it pretty much box stock. I don't want it pristine. More of a well taken care of vehicle. Anyone have suggestions as to how I can gently weather the struts/suspension parts. I was thinking maybe a wash. It is now SG Black. What color wash should I use? Also dry brushing is not my strong suit! All suggestions will be much appreciated.  Thanx everyone Tracy B.

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Posted by khier on Thursday, August 02, 2018 7:23 AM

I am not in the weathering area exactly like you. I would add pastel to washing and dry brushing and check scale millitary vehicles and model railroad videos on youtube.




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  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Thursday, August 02, 2018 8:08 AM

Yes, I agree with khier. However, I am not a weathering expert, so those in the know may have better advice for you, or perhaps tell you that my advice is bunk, which may be true. Nonetheless, here's some stuff to try...

I would try washes of black, brown, and maybe gray, depending on the effect you are going for. Tamiya sells ready made enamel washes in those colours. If your painted surfaces is enamel, you may want to make your own washes in acrylic.

Pastels are great for chassis weathering also. I went to an art supply store and bought a selection of cheap, individual pastel sticks in earthy colours. I use an exacto blade to scrape some 'dust' from the pastel stick onto a paper, then use a largish soft brush to dab into it and dust things up a bit.

A bit of drybrushing can be helpful too. Put a bit of flat paint on a brush and dab most of it off onto a rag or paper towel. Then use the brush to highlight the high spots of chassis components, etc. Any hobby paint can be used, but craft acrylics are very cheap, clean up easily, and dry quickly. Though dry brushing is very useful, for chassis weathering I primarily use the wash and pastel dust.

Definitely try these techniques on a scrap chassis before comitting to that big Datsun kit. If this is all new to you, it would be worth quickly building up and painting some chassis parts for practice. The process is simple, but it can take awhile to properly develope the techniques (too much, too little, wash first, dust first, etc, etc). It will take some practice to get the effect you are looking for. The secret is to not over do it. And as khier mentioned above, check some military modelling forums for better weathering info. Those guys live and die by their weathering.

Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
       - Antoine de Saint-Exepury


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Posted by Dale Gribble on Thursday, August 02, 2018 11:21 AM

Take a look at the terrorist trucks I posted in the trucks section .... They are weathered with Tamiya weathering kits . There's many many color  choices from bare steel to grease ... 

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  • From: Canberra, Australia
Posted by aussiemuscle308 on Saturday, August 04, 2018 12:13 AM

Yes, using a dark wash will highlight the details. once applied, use a clean cotton bud to take most of the wash back off so it doesn't look heavily weathered. also, using brown rather than black will make it less of a beater.

For my this Dodge, i wanted used, but not a beater, so the weathering was less intense than what i'd normally do


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