Painting Props?
Posted By: Dave Pluth <>
Date: Tuesday, 8 September 1998, at 4:21 p.m.
Hi all,
I'm wondering if anyone out there can give a few hints on painting the silver/black props. I've tried a couple of different ways of doing it, mainly without much success.
Re: Painting Props?
Posted By: Dan Salamone <>
Date: Tuesday, 8 September 1998, at 8:05 p.m.
In Response To: Painting Props? (Dave Pluth)
I take the blade and trace around it with a mechanical pencil, over some masking tape. After getting the outline, I remove the blade, and draw in the rounded end of where the black/silver met on the back of the blade. Paint the blade black, mask the area after drying with the blade shape, and then paint the silver. Sometimes, if I am worried about paint bleeding under the paint is to spray a clear coat over the tape sealing the edges....
I'm sure there are many ways to do this, I remember hearing somebody painting Bare Metal foil black, and applying this on the rear of the blades. I have never had good results with BMF though..:-)
Re: Painting Props?
Posted By: Francois P. WEILL <>
Date: Wednesday, 9 September 1998, at 3:24 p.m.
In Response To: Painting Props? (Dave Pluth)
Hi friends,
As a 1/72nd scale modeller, I've never experienced any difficulties with this kind of operation. I paint them with a brush and no masking at all...
The only trick I use is to paint silver front part first and clean with a Kleenex any paint going on the rear side before iot hardens. Then, I coat the reverse side matt black gray (if some aluminum paint is still present at the rear edge, it colors the black limit at the edges and gives the impression of a weathered part (looks pretty like what could be seen on photos). The best looking polished aluminum effect i've got came from the Humbrol "chrome" tinlet.
Don't see the difficulty at all... Sometimes the best aerograph may be bettered by the old hand painting by brush, it seems...

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