Weathering the Model

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    Weathering can make or break a model!    Unless you're building your model to have a just off the assembly line finish, it will show wear and tear; especially those involved in the field as much as the Go-Go Birds were.

    I used several techniques to apply wethering, including the cut-brush splotching, which was then lightly covered and accented with passes from my Air Brush.

    NOTE: All decals and markings are to be applied BEFORE weathering!

    The next two pictures show how the model looked after most of the weathering had been done.

    Notice that I removed the 20mm Cannons before weathering to prevent possible breakage.    I guess after tearing details up in the past from attempting to work around them, taught me a lesson.

    The best way to simulate actual weathering affects is to look at pictures of the real aircraft and make it look like they do; which can be done easily using the above means.

    On nearly every Chinook I've ever seen, especially WARtime Chinooks, there was the ever present oil slick around/under the engines!    This is something that really makes a model Chinook look like a real one!

    Shoot a light blast of Black onto the area with the airbrush, then touch the tip of a brush you've dipped in old dirty thinner on the finish; the thinner "blossoms", creating a very realistic looking oil slick.

    Weathering is real easy to over-do, so referring to photographs and stopping BEFORE you think it's done, is a great practice.

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