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    India Ink Wash

    Iíve heard of this, but never looked into how it works. I saw it in a video tutorial on YouTube, for scenery, and the modeler uses...

    1 teaspoon if India ink to a pint of 70% isopropyl alcohol. He dabbed it on with a foam brush (which goes on extremely dark) and letís dry to a beautiful faded look! Dry brushing enhancing colors afterwards lends remarkable results!
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    I'm forgetting all these tricks. I used to do it with mixed results. My finishing dull coats made it run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    I'm forgetting all these tricks. I used to do it with mixed results. My finishing dull coats made it run.
    What did you use for the finishing dull coats...brush or airbrush, or can spray? I think the only way to get positive results would be a airbrush application. The other thing I would be cautious of is a dull coat product, which I believe has a lot of chemicals in them, which could react with the ink or isopropyl. I like using a home brewed dull coat solution or either Future acrylic based, or diluted white glue based (though this can get sketchy in the latter).
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    Testors Dull Coat is exactly what I use mostly. Sometimes Tamiya. I have learned to use very little because it often reacts badly with the paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Testors Dull Coat is exactly what I use mostly. Sometimes Tamiya. I have learned to use very little because it often reacts badly with the paint.
    I tried Testor’s before and it worked well enough for me, but I hated the chemicals used in it...plus my wife is chemical intolerant so, I must always exercise caution there. I just use the Future concoction.
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    Future is gloss though. Great for dipping cockpits in to get rid of scratches and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    Future is gloss though. Great for dipping cockpits in to get rid of scratches and such.
    Yes, Future is definitely gloss! I love it right out of the bottle for placing decals for instance. Buuuuuuuuuuuut, if you mix 1 part Tamiya Flat Base to 3 parts Future, you’ll get a very flat dull coat! ...all acrylic, people...if you accidentally inhale that stuff, you’ll still live!

    Great point on the cockpit *glass*...dipping the clear plastic cockpit canopie in Furture, and placing it (on edge) on your cutting mat will give you a glass-look. The Future will look way too wet when dipped, but it condenses down in drying. Brilliant look and makes aircraft pop!
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