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Rusting, Chipping and Weathering

the damp interior
Up until now this has moved along really well. I will be finishing up the first round of pigment application and getting ready to move on to the next stage of weathering.

In wanting to get some part put together here, I turned my attention to the interior floor. This will be a damp, moldy and neglected area. Since this is covered...for the most part, it will be much darker and well, damp!

I need to first lay down some substance. I chose to start with AK's Dark Earth pigment. Using some White Spirits to dampen the corners, I began to stipple the pigment in to the corners and where I think things like dirt, rotting leaves and other junk would build up.

Next I wanted to add some of the moldy coloring I believe would be seen in this damp area. Using AK Dark Slimy Green, I applied this in the corners where you would see some ponding from water.

This was quickly followed up by some AK Slimy Green Light.

After applying the Slimy Greens, a quick light wash down with White Spirits to soften the looks. This is done with a "humid" brush. Dip the brush and quickly dab 1 to 2 times on an absorbent towel and run the brush lightly over you work.

The very next application was with some AK Wet Effects. I will have another coat going on here and there, before I am done.

After a little drying time, the chassis is starting to come alive.

I have made some headway on the hood as well. Using the same process I used on the exterior of the cab to reveal the rusty color beneath.

Here we will take one last look at the cab after the first round of chipping and before the next stage of weathering.

I think at this point I could say "OK, I'm done"....nope!!! There is still plenty to go. The next stage will bring out the faded look the exterior would get from UV (Ultra Violet) rays from sitting in the sun.

Just before I get started on the next stage, I laid down a real thin layer of clear coat to yet again protect the layer below. This ever so slightly modifies the colors of the rusting as I did not spray a lot. This next stage will lighten things a bit.

Here is, yet again, another layer of hair spray/chipping fluids. This will allow me to manipulate the fading I am applying next.

After allowing this to dry I choose some Tamiya Deck Tan and Light Sea Grey. I mixed these colors to 15% tan, 15% grey, with about 70% Thinner. So this is almost to wash capacity but will still react like paint.

You can see how the underlying paint and rusting immediately lightens in tone.

Allowing this to cure for the night, I will be chipping and scrubbing very little of this away, to make room for more weathering layers. Building up layers is key to the depth of the weathering. I will be getting back to this in later updates.

About the Author

About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...


Finally I got the time, to sit down and read this feature thoroughly. The SBS is very well writen and the work OUTSTANDING. Thanks Todd, for taking the time to do this brilliant feature.
AUG 27, 2012 - 09:09 AM
LOL...only off a couple weeks here Jesper...sorry bout that!!! Thank you for the kind words, it is most appreciated!!!
SEP 22, 2012 - 09:07 AM
it's been a while since I've done done heavy rust effects and enjoyed your approach and presentation very much.well done sir! Chris
OCT 18, 2012 - 07:45 AM
Great Job thank you for showing us this!
OCT 30, 2012 - 08:21 AM
Excellent tutorial, great photography as well
MAR 22, 2013 - 11:56 PM