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Adding realism to a dirt modified

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Adding realism to a dirt modified
Posted by bigbadmarine06 on Friday, September 25, 2009 7:45 AM
I'm still waiting for my gremlin and pinto modified to come in but I have them all planned out. My question is, how do I make it look dirty, like it just rolled off the track?

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Posted by Jantrix on Saturday, September 26, 2009 12:51 AM

I've used two methods.

 The first is real dirt (finely sifted). Spray a little clear and blow some dirt on it from the table top (safety glasses!).


 The second is to mask off the areas you want the dirt and add the proper color spray paint from the area from very far away. The paint will be drier when it hits the model and have a gritty texture. Experiment and see what works for you.


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Posted by RonR on Monday, September 28, 2009 6:31 PM

I like to use real dirt and use the method a friend of mine showed me. Mix dirt with water and flick it on with a tooth brush. If you want it to stay on while being handled , I have found adding a few drop of white glue to the Mud soup. Practice on a card board box until you achive the effect you want. Here are a couple of pics of cars I have mudded up,

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Posted by the doog on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 12:19 AM

 Your best bet is to use MIG weathering pigments, used in Armor modeling. The stuff is psecially made for making tanks look old and dirty as hell.

They can be "set" using regular mineral spirits, and are extremely versatile and subtle.You can also use their Acrylic Resin to make mud that is perfect scale. MIG pigments come in a variety of colors and shades, and there is no equal for realistic weathering! 

Another great technique to try is "spattering". I STRONGLY suggest that you first practice with this technique, as you can very quickly ruin your model if you don;t get an idea first about the paint dispersion. Take some acrylic paint--craft store paint will work just fine--and then try varying consistencies, and spray the air through the loaded-up bristles, transferring the paint to the model in "splatters". It looks great if you practice and learn to control the spatter.

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Posted by Ragnar on Tuesday, October 20, 2009 1:04 AM

The use of MIG Weathering Sugested above is very good. I use them a lttle differently to create mud splatters. What I do is take a large round flat tipped brush(an old one), and touch it to Matte Medium I have put on my pallet, and then gently dab it on the areas to get the dirt/ MIG Weathering Chalk/Pigment barely touch the area, then I dust the pigment/ chalk and/or dirt on to the Matte Medium until I get the effect I want. For Tracks up North Use Charcoal and Dark Brown. For the Southern Red Clay Tracks Use Use a mix of Brown Red and Orange. Practice On Scrap plastic, or hard finished card stock until you get the colour and texture right before using it on you model.




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