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JS-2M (early) build – Part 6:Weathering (wash)


  • I started out by using my standard wash for green vehicles – AMMO “Dark Brown Wash for Green Vehicles wash” (A.MIG-1005) – on one of the lower sides. However, after leaving for 15 minutes or so, clean up with a brush dampened with enamel thinner acted as a very effective paint stripper in one or two places. I have never had this happen before. Perhaps thinning the primer I used created a less than usually stable platform for subsequent layers? Otherwise, the only other explanation I can come up with is that in the most inaccessible places the paint was insufficiently protected with  varnish. However, I was under the impression that AMMO acrylics paints dried with a satin sheen, already protecting them for future treatment with enamel mixtures. Although I like the colours available in the AMMO range, and the convenience of spraying directly from bottle, I will likely have to evaluate them further before committing to use them on a future project, as I cannot allow the possibility of this happening again. Whatever the reason, I was not going to risk this happening elsewhere on more visible regions. Thus, I prepared a dilute mixture of Winsor & Newton “Burnt Umber” in enamel thinner and applied that to the vehicle. I was very tender in cleaning up any overspill and left the model to dry for 24 hours.
  • What did work well was my first use of an AMMO oilbrusher (“Olive Green”, A.MIG-3505). I just used the brush on certain high points on the horizontal and back surface of the hull and turret, followed by “polishing” with ear bud. I am not sure if you will see this exactly described in any modelling book (I guess it is a type of paint fading?), but I tend to do this with single colour vehicles to create some colour variation. Perhaps the effect looks a bit stark right now, but it will be toned down subsequently. Anyway, these oil brushers are nice and will find more use with me in the future.

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