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From Cashier Paper Roll to a Rusted Steel Coil

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This little quick 'how-to', is for a future project I am planning a 1:24 scale diorama, which is going to involve some major scratch building and many detail objects. So stay tuned. If you know me than you know how I always like to find a cheap method of making things. It may not be the most perfect method, but the end results looks amazing. Within my own eyes, at least. 

My methods used here are:

  1. A cashier paper roll, which I sprayed the entire roll with Citadel black Chaos, my absolute best black spray primer on the market for modeling. I personally think so.

  2. I brushed a mixture of light, dark rust, white, black, and grey pigments until I was satisfied with how it looked.

  3. Then I took some oderless thinner and dabbed it on the entire roll covering every part of it. A tip is to not soak up the pigments too much. I went against this tip, only when I wanted a 'caked-up rusted' look, as in one of the photos. Let it dry.

  4. After the thinner had almost dried up completely, I sprayed on a dull coat on the entire surface.
    ...and Voila!








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8 hours ago, Hutch6390 said:

Great tip, thanks for sharing 👍.  In my early working life I got through thousands of those rolls, never saw any looking like that, though :D

Thanks, but I have; and I still work with them. ;)

7 hours ago, Huntsman’s Close said:


Thank you. 

7 hours ago, RWG686 said:

What did you use for the three bands around it ?

Very realistic looking.

Thanks. I used strips of 3M tape. :)

7 hours ago, Jessie_C said:

It looks like paper strips cut from a nice luxuriously thick piece of paper from one of those fancy-dancy stationery shops. It might even be artisanal paper.

Could be. I just got a bunch these at a second hand store for little or nothing, and decided to buy them. I always thought, it would come to good use for modeling. Infact, you can use them just as-is, as paper loads on trucks. We have a paper factory not too far from my work place, that have paper rolls that look like my rolls before the weathering. 

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