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Discussions on specific A/C building techniques.
The Magic Mix
armouredcharmer
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Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2009 - 09:09 PM UTC
Hi Gang,
A friend once told me of a way to mix Windsor and Newton ink with washing up liquid and water to produce a shading effect on vehicles and uniforms,now, like an idiot i`ve forgotten what it was !.
I recently tried to do it again on a kit but only succeeded in turning the whole thing black !!.
Can anyone out there put me out of my misery by telling me what the ratio should be ?
gaborka
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Posted: Sunday, October 04, 2009 - 10:02 PM UTC
While probably I cannot tell you the exact ratio, I presume the whole mix should be very-very thin, more like a sligthly tinted thinner than thinned paint. It is a good rule of thumb to keep washes very light and thin every time, since it is much easier to apply a second coat than removing any previous one.

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pigsty
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2009 - 04:12 AM UTC
Winsor & Newton ink? Really? It contains shellac and it's not light-fast - I'm not sure I'd trust it on a model, much though I love it.
Grumpyoldman
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2009 - 05:21 AM UTC
Shellac is thinned with denatured alcohol. NOT WATER, so I wouldn't use water to thin it.
pigsty
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Posted: Monday, October 05, 2009 - 09:41 PM UTC

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Shellac is thinned with denatured alcohol. NOT WATER, so I wouldn't use water to thin it.



Winsor & Newton recommend thinning with distilled water. I use tap water and it's fine. But I only use it on paper, not models!