Bandai Y Wing

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  1. Gixergs

    Gixergs Well-Known Member

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    Not wishing to put any more pictures of my Y Wing effort in Starbucks thread of his excellent Revell kit build I thought I'd start this thread and answer his question at the same time. I can not praise the Bandai kit enough my only wish is it was bigger. I was asked if I intend to weather it and yes I have started and will busy away at it as time allows. I used a wash of acrylic black and will then highlight areas and put some bare metal scratches on to give it the beat up look. I'm hoping a covering of flat lacquer will take away the plastic look. ywingbandai2.jpg ywingbandai3jpg.jpg
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    You´re right, this is really a beautiful model and it has a stand! I like your weathering. I am not very familiar with weathering, but I started to weather mine too. I am still looking around to get reference photos and tutorials for weathering.
    At the moment it is hart to see that I did some weathering and it still looks very plastic:(.
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    Gixergs Well-Known Member

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    I was originally just doing a wash to emphasise the panel lines but as I was removing the excess I noticed it had dulled the plastic and made painting the white redundant (yay the easy option) I just diluted black acrylic paint to the point that it was basically dirty water then wiped off the excess leaving the panel lines filled and streaks along the body. Youtube has a wealth of modelling videos including weathering tutorials and also videos of the Y Wings in Star Wars. I'm hoping a flat varnish will stop the plastic look.
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    Gixergs Well-Known Member

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    This is a model tank I made although I don't think it's as clear as I hoped but I weathered this using watered down colour brushed on then excess removed I then highlighted raised detail with a lighter colour then added spots of a bare metal colour here and there I just need to decide on what sort of base to put it on then I can decided on whether to make it muddy looking or dusty. jpz4.JPG
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    Very nice!! I built thee Tamiya Bren Gun Carrier maybe 25 years ago, and used rust scrapped off of some metal into a flat clear pain. I made it very thick, then wiped the tiny spots off a bit, and sprinkled dark rust on top. It took a few tries, but the rust really looked like rust, and it was!! :)
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    Excellent start so far, Gix! :)

    The base of the Y looks a bit "flat" because it hasn't got any colour on it yet. A decent weathering should bring out the details. :)
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    Gixergs Well-Known Member

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    Funnily enough I was just starting on the base this morning before getting to my other duties, I'm still not sure if I'm using it or having the Y Wing in a hangar
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    Pre-chores paint on the base hopefully I'll get chance later to tidy up and make good then get on to doing the pilot. ywingbandai4jpg.jpg ywingbandai5jpg.jpg
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    I like your weathering - makes the model more realistic. And thx for the tips.
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    Gixergs Well-Known Member

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    Thank you I think part of the charm of the Y Wing is the fact it's obviously an old war horse that's been through a lot so I think the weathering is a big part of giving this impression
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    Wow great link. The base colour should of dried more like that of the model in the link but for some reason the Tamiya paint had other ideas, I think the wash might of reacted with it either way I've stripped it off and will start again. I thought of doing the upright black myself but haven't worried to much about it yet as I'm still not sure if I'm going to use it. Cockpit painted and waiting for plot. Sorry it's not a better picture.
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    Take the link as inspiration. ;)

    Building Star Wars and BSG models has one major advantage: You can explain ANY errors, flaws etc. in the build as "battle damage". Even if it means damage caused by fighting with the kit and equipment.

    ...

    Oh, that would mean that EVERY SW and BSG model is a battle damage itself..! :D ;) :)
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    Almost done now I think
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    This is some dirty work here! :D ;)

    It's looking fine! :)
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    Here's something you might want to try......After you paint the base coat, and it's completely dry, brush or spray a coat or two of Future floor finish. This will protect your initial paint job. then, when that's dry, make a wash of a dark color, black, charcoal gray, or a brownish black acrylic - a couple of drops of water to a puddle of color, and a drop or two of liquid dish soap - This will improve the flow and help you remove the excess. Take a soft brush and slather this mixture all over the surface and into panel lines and details. I do this one section at a time, and let it dry for a bit - not too long! Then, take a slightly damp paper towel or a 'baby wipe' and start wiping the excess away, from back to front. You can use a q-tip to get into tight areas too. You can build up layers until you like the result. You can also dry brush some of the original color on top, or a lighter shade to pick out details. When you're satisfied, give it a coat of your favorite clear flat to seal it. This really needs to to be sprayed, because brushing it on will disturb the weathering. I know because I completely ruined a model that way! .......Make sure you mask off the clear parts first!
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    I made a mistake......I meant to say wipe the excess wash off from FRONT to back! And as you do you can create some streaking effects, as though the ship has flown through smoke, fire, explosions, ect. Sorry about that!!
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    Gixergs Well-Known Member

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    That's pretty much what I do with the probably vital exception of the floor finish :) Thanks for the tip I have the Bandai Falcon waiting in the pile so I will try your technique on that.
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    You're welcome! Future is amazing, it's one of the best friends a modeler can have. It also goes under the name of Johnson's Clear, Pledge floor finish, and possibly others. Just make sure the label doesn't say cleaner and finish - that one has ammonia in it - God knows what that would do to the model!!
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    Thank you I will track it down