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Rusting, Chipping and Weathering

assembly & details
I am at the stage where it needed to come together so the weathering will be blended fairly evenly over the entire model.
I mounted the engine and of course the hood. You cans see I was impatient and began adding some leaves to the block.

After installing the hood, I went back to the airbrush and dusted lightly another thin coat Deck Tan/Light Sea Grey as I did earlier. This blends the fading from the hood to the cowl and onto the rest of the piece.

Just about ready for some washes and streaking...grime that is. I also need to come up with a "quick-n-dirty” base too.
In the next picture here, is a shot of a selection of items I will be using...

But, before I go too far, I need to add a few things that will help with the layering process. In some of my reference pictures there are clumps of leaves strewn around and jammed into corners and such. I will add these before the next weathering step as the leaves would weather too...in different stages.

These "leaves" are just colored Birch seeds. I bought this as a 3 pack at a show for about $10USD. Sorry I have forgotten the actual name of the supplier. However, with a little time and very little skill, you can cultivate your own from some Birch trees and add a bit of color to get the more natural look.
So using a little white glue, I applied these faux leaves to various areas.

Later on, I will add a few here and there at different points in the weathering process. Naturally leaves will fall and decay, and more fall, and so on and so on.

Next, taking some AK Streaking grime, I applied a dark wash to, and around, the leaves I added.

Letting this dry just a little, I grabbed some AK Slimy Grime Dark. Similar to a pin wash I placed some dark wash into the creases and corners, mostly on the horizontal plane as the moldy green slime would settle in to these areas. The keen eyed modeler would notice that I actually would need to turn the bottle around when taking the picture!

In this next shot, I went directly to a light wash using the same Slimy Grime Dark. Putting a little of the grime on the brush and a quick dab in some white spirits to thin, I lightly wash the area and then making sure to take care not to disturb the leaves, apply some of the grime to them as well.

I will let this sit for a day or so to dry completely. After a little cure I will be ready to add a few more steps.

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