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Chris Bond

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Clear or flat finish
« on: January 11, 2013, 01:09:03 AM »

Here's a real beginner question, do i leave my Rc frigate glossy or should i go over it with dullcote?
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Re: Clear or flat finish
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013, 03:39:25 AM »

Here's a real beginner question, do i leave my Rc frigate glossy or should i go over it with dullcote?

A glossy finish doesn't look natural on a model, but then again, neither does a matte finish. I prefer a satin finish for best effect on a model.
When a prototype is painted the paint is most times a glossy finish, however, that would look too garish and "plasticy" on a model. A satin finish gives the right amount of sheen to represent that new gloss finish.

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Re: Clear or flat finish
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013, 04:44:36 AM »

So middle of the road sounds like the go then
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Re: Clear or flat finish
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2013, 06:20:50 AM »

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... A satin finish gives the right amount of sheen to represent that new gloss finish.
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So middle of the road sounds like the go then...


However, a frigate would not have a gloss finish in real life.
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Re: Clear or flat finish
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2013, 11:54:01 AM »

You could be right, however, on a model a dead matte finish looks lifeless. It would appear the Royal Navy felt the same way (tonque in cheek) about their brand new frigate about to go out on sea trials.
 You can see the sheen on the free board of the vessel and the wave reflection down at the water line.  There is a definite satin sheen to the vessel.
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Re: Clear or flat finish
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2013, 12:24:16 PM »

Hi,
 
Always go for the satin finish...cannot miss!
 
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Re: Clear or flat finish
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2013, 01:33:27 PM »

Modern RN ships seem to have a gloss finish up close, I have some shots of a Type 45 leaving Pompey, with quite a glare off the sun, reflecting off the ships sides. However, on a model, matt to satin. The glossy look diminishes rapidly on the real ships, as A) they move further away, and B) the nasty, cheap paint starts to loose its sheen!
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Re: Clear or flat finish
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2013, 01:48:06 PM »

Err Sorry oldiron, you need to rename your piccky D32 (HMS Daring) as a Destroyer, not a friggit
 
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Re: Clear or flat finish
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2013, 02:37:57 PM »

Err Sorry oldiron, you need to rename your piccky D32 (HMS Daring) as a Destroyer, not a friggit
 
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Oooooh   picky picky picky

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