BlackMike Models 9,315 Posted March 4 Report Share Posted March 4 I've been putting off long enough, I have a build that is stalled as it requires a winter camo on top of the regular camo. As I have never attempted the "hair Spray technique" before I thought I would give it a go on a test mule to see how easy or not this technique is and if I could get somewhere close to the results I am wanting. I profess to not being an expert in this so the quick run through below is simply how I went about testing. Firstly I painted the test mule with some Mr Hobby green and left to dry (for about 6 months but I think that is a bit excessive lol). I gave the test mule a couple of coats of hairspray straight from the can (on the real thing I will decant some to spray through the airbrush) and left it to dry for a short while. This stuff flashes off really quickly so I didn't have to wait long. While I was waiting for the hairspray to dry I had a look in my tub full of paintbrushes for suitable ones to test. I selected a few old ones with varying degrees of stiffness and length to see what difference that might make. I also tested a bit of Scotchbrite and a cocktail stick. With the hairspray dry I mixed some Mr Hobby matte white (using it's dedicated thinner) and sprayed it on in a random way, I wasn't looking for a uniform coverage. Using the various tools on different panels I ended up with the results below. I wetted the brushes rather than soak the kit parts as I feel I had more control over the areas I worked on. From left to right on the wing I used Scotchbrite at the wheel well this is too rough in my opinion. On the hatches I used the cocktail stick to scratch off the paint and then used the stiff long bristle brush to scrub some more. On the leading edge I used the same stiff long bristle brush. On the second most outer panel and aileron I simply used a worn 1500 sanding stick to wear down the paint and on the outermost panel I used a long bristle soft brush. The whole process only took 45 minutes (not including the original paint drying time lol) and with some more practice I think I should be able to achieve various subtle effects suitable for what I am after. Who knows, I might even get my model finished? Duncan B 5 2 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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