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Posted on May 07, 2020 by Metro Hobbies
So you’ve finished that dream model kit! It sits there in front of you, you’ve made sure to follow all the advice, scraped those part lines, sanded those nubs down, and painted it up like the instructions said, but something’s missing. Your pride and joy looks a bit…plastic? Toylike?
Well, you can go a bit further into making that build a little bit more lifelike by weathering it.
Weathering adds dimension, makes tiny details pop out and turns a plain model into a winner.
The first step in weathering is a pin wash. Simply put, a pin wash is a translucent coat of thin paint applied to areas of surface detail like panel lines, nuts and polts, hinges and other surface detail. A wash adheres to the recesses around those details and makes them pop out from the surface paint adding more dimension and realism to the model.
This effect applies to all model kits - military, aircraft, trains, even cars , trucks and bikes! For our purposes here, we are trying it out on an Amusing Hobby 1/35 Conqueror Heavy Tank.
There are a few simple steps to achieving a good pin wash. Here is a quick and simple guide.
Here's a quick video we did of how this all came together:
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