Thursday, September 8, 2011

NKL-26 Aerosan: Paint chipping

I've had a lot of apprehensions about the "hairspray technique," which has been used to great effect by many modelers. I finally worked up the courage to try it on Trumpeter's NKL- 26 Aerosan.

 First, I painted the wooden surfaces, using oil paints and a  very old stiff brush. Dragging the old stiff brush across partially-cured burnt umber oil paint leaves heavy brush strokes that resemble wood grain.

I did a bit of minor detailing on the interior. I swapped the seat out for a more detailed one from DML's Sdkfz 251 ausf C. I also added plastic strips on the inside to line up with the re-enforcing ribs on the exterior of the hull.  I am in the process of adding a throttle on the driver's right hand side, with wires connecting to the pulleys and steering mechanisms in the back of the vehicle.

Here's how it looks after a coat of hairspray and white paint. The engine is starting to look like metal, thanks to Alclad and AK Interactive paints.

Next time, I'll be using a background color that isn't white. What was I thinking?
More to come soon!


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