Chipping done and filters laid!

Renault ft 17 meng chipping and filters

Well, the model is gaining color and is ready for weathering. As you may remember, the scratches were to be done on a chipping medium, which is a primer under the base paint that destabilizes its adhesion after water activation. This procedure should be done up to 2-3 hours after painting while the paint is still fresh and not chemically cured. In my case, due to other measures I had to take in the meantime, it took days 4. Yes, days, not hours 😀 Did it work?

Don’t blame the player; blame the game, I could say. The day after the painting fell on a holiday. Then I got down to the figures because I couldn’t wait…. and it flew by. Of course, I had it in my mind that I had already tried scratching our Chipping Medium after a few days, and it could still be done quite freely. However, I did not do it on the camouflage. Here, as if you don’t look at it, there are as many as 6 coats where one color covers the other (base, highlight #1, highlight #2, and that x 2 colors). Because of this, the green and brown colors already seemed insensitive to scratching when the sand color scratched without particular resistance. Maybe not as “fresh,” but the disproportion between the shades was clear.

On the other hand, thinking about it, after all, it’s the same in real life! Camouflage laid on one of the coatings, first “dabs” to the first coating. To bare steel is definitely less frequent. Since I didn’t put any more medium on the sand paint, I decided to comb the model a bit with a wire brush to get into the sand paint. And that was a good idea, I think. I also touched up some of the upholstery with a sponge in places where I really wanted to, and the medium just decided otherwise ;).

And so I know…

The chipping on the model is exaggerated!

However, I did it intentionally. Let’s recall the scenery in which the model will stand. The trenches of the great war! Because of this, the model will be really dirty and additionally covered with mud. I assume that 80% or more of the upholstery will be covered by dirt, dust, and earth. So, for at least some of the chipping to have a chance to show up, a lot of it had to be done.

The next step, which I had already done and is shown below in the photos, was to apply 2 coats each of Modellers World Ultimate Filters acrylic filters. Sunlight Yellow on the horizontal surfaces and Reddish Brown on the vertical surfaces. Definitely, the colors of the model gained depth, and the whole thing was visually merged and unified. Now, it’s a perfect base for a wash. And since the filters are acrylic, I don’t have to lay down a clear coat before the washes, as I would have to with oil or enamel filters.

I already have material for a whole episode, and we’ll do the weathering for a separate video. Also, most likely, the next post will be early access to the video.

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chipping on the scale model
chipping on the scale model
chipping on the scale model
chipping on the scale model ft 17 meng
chipping on the scale model ft 17 meng

Let’s look back at how the model looked before the filters and chipping:

And how after *the same camera setup):

chipping on the scale model ft 17 meng
chipping on the scale model ft 17 meng
chipping on the scale model ft 17 meng

 

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