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pete-k

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Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« on: July 11, 2014, 12:36:16 AM »

Hi all,


I am going to start work on the Clyde Puffer this week, as the internals are still awaiting delivery (new battery and charger to see if the monster will run). First port of call is the clinker tender that it comes with. First thing i need to do is cut it out, and then paint it before I add the wooden top to it. It looks as if it was vacuum formed out of thin plastic, as the plastic sheet is still in place around it. I have some halfords auto-body primer (white) and will prime it in this first.


My question is simple, can a wood effect be achieved using brown/red enamel paints and some technique such as dry brushing, and if so, how do i do this? As some may know, I'm new to the whole scene, so I don't mind if people think this is a silly question. Any detail possible would be greatly appreciated !


Also, how do I cut the hull from the sheet of plastic? I was thinking about using my hand-held rotary tool (like the dremel but less of the 's) with a cutting wheel, then grinding to shape with the sanding wheels. Again, as much detail as possible would be excellent as I am entirely new to this sort of thing.


Cheers all, Pete.
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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014, 01:04:05 AM »

Here are a few photos of the raw materials, for a bit more info on what it is I'm making
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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2014, 02:18:17 AM »

My immediate thoughts are:
A wood effect could be achieved, BUT think about the scale.
What you that grain actually look like at the scale you are using?
If you use too big grain for the scale you risk things looking cartoon like.
Also go an look at a few boats at the dock if you can. Most working boats have painted woodwork, or the paint has gone and the wood is grey with very little grain to see.
The nice varnished wood finish on yachts is unusual on working boats.
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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2014, 06:37:26 AM »

I hope you have something to practice on...  %)

I lay down a coat of yellow ochre first.
Then I mix a loose slurry of burnt umber.
The slurry can be tinted with other colors such as red, white, to lighten or tint the "brown.

The slurry can then be brushed over the yellow ochre base coat with a brush to create a grain.
This can be squiggly or fairly straight, and with practice you can create whorls and knots.

I took about 20 minutes to lay these down.
This is a plain yellow, and burnt umber wash over the top.
I used the wood stick to make some quick "board" lines before and after applying the burnt umber.
Two different brushes were used and varying levels of paint mixture and water.

Your base coat, and your wash can be tinted to your preference.

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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2014, 06:45:12 AM »

 %) ...10/10 for those images Umi........  in how to achieve a scale like wooden surface visual texture  :-))..... Derek
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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2014, 08:15:00 AM »

As mentioned the dinghy would almost certainly be painted on a Puffer or very dull.   Umi`s technique could be used on the wheelhouse which might have been wooden (planked).  For deck planking etc on a posh boat., some oriental "Venetian" blinds are made of thin bamboo strips that have a pronounced (cartoonish) grain that varnishes up nicely. Watch the skips and bins  :D  Also mentioned is the scale, can you see the grain at 1/32 or even 1/24th scale ?  A puffer`s deck would be mucky, they "werenae yats"    as para Handy would say, `cept his which "wass the finest vessel in the coastal trade" {-)
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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2014, 09:35:12 AM »

I did some graining on a drifter, although it might be a bit coarse for your requirements. I used a nit comb to create the effect.


http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1951.25.html


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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2014, 02:17:31 PM »

Some very good points there everybody so thank you ! After having a think about it I think I will paint it in a similar color to the main hull, or possibly a green. I know many of the working boats in Whitehaven are either red, brown, or green, and as this is where the coasters sailed I guess they would have been the same too :) now to experiment And see how it goes :) I'll get some photos up once I get some work done on it :) thanks again !
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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2014, 07:28:02 PM »

don't forget Pete that when you cut the hull from the plastic vac form there WILL  be a pronounced sheer on the bulwarks of the little boat..............the bulwarks won't be flat and straight as just cut..........even on a small scale boat like that............so many who build this kit just cut straight and leave it. neil.
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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2014, 07:59:38 PM »

go to working boats page 4 and study Cam Watersons wood effect on a model ringnetter/trawler--he used humbrol paint and wood stain
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Re: Wood effect using enamel paints (Humbrol)
« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2014, 06:55:20 PM »

I recently bought a booklet on wood effects for use on plastic modelling. Its produced by AK Interactive paints at 9.95 free p&p to the UK. Its very informative and covers a clinker boat about your size.
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