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Rusting, Chipping and Weathering

assembly & details
I am at the stage where it needed to come together so the weathering will be blended fairly evenly over the entire model.
I mounted the engine and of course the hood. You cans see I was impatient and began adding some leaves to the block.

After installing the hood, I went back to the airbrush and dusted lightly another thin coat Deck Tan/Light Sea Grey as I did earlier. This blends the fading from the hood to the cowl and onto the rest of the piece.

Just about ready for some washes and streaking...grime that is. I also need to come up with a "quick-n-dirty” base too.
In the next picture here, is a shot of a selection of items I will be using...

But, before I go too far, I need to add a few things that will help with the layering process. In some of my reference pictures there are clumps of leaves strewn around and jammed into corners and such. I will add these before the next weathering step as the leaves would weather too...in different stages.

These "leaves" are just colored Birch seeds. I bought this as a 3 pack at a show for about $10USD. Sorry I have forgotten the actual name of the supplier. However, with a little time and very little skill, you can cultivate your own from some Birch trees and add a bit of color to get the more natural look.
So using a little white glue, I applied these faux leaves to various areas.

Later on, I will add a few here and there at different points in the weathering process. Naturally leaves will fall and decay, and more fall, and so on and so on.

Next, taking some AK Streaking grime, I applied a dark wash to, and around, the leaves I added.

Letting this dry just a little, I grabbed some AK Slimy Grime Dark. Similar to a pin wash I placed some dark wash into the creases and corners, mostly on the horizontal plane as the moldy green slime would settle in to these areas. The keen eyed modeler would notice that I actually would need to turn the bottle around when taking the picture!

In this next shot, I went directly to a light wash using the same Slimy Grime Dark. Putting a little of the grime on the brush and a quick dab in some white spirits to thin, I lightly wash the area and then making sure to take care not to disturb the leaves, apply some of the grime to them as well.

I will let this sit for a day or so to dry completely. After a little cure I will be ready to add a few more steps.

About the Author

About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...


I know it's been a while since the last post here, but I just wanted to let you know that I still refer people to your tutorial Todd and they have yet to give anything but very positive feedback on it regardless of what hobby discipline they come from.
JUN 25, 2013 - 05:08 AM
Thank you very much Jeremy! I am happy to see it useful for some. Most of the techniques are really simply to use they just take some practice to get the feel down. Even better, is when someone takes something and adapts their own way, maybe even coming up with newer techniques or just improving on the old ones. Circle of learning!! Thanks again!
JUN 25, 2013 - 07:55 AM
any idea how to use AK Interactive Heavy chipping?
AUG 29, 2014 - 08:28 PM
Hello Richard, AK's Heavy Chipping Fluid works pretty much the same as other chipping medium layers: 1 - Make sure your base paint has been sealed with a clear coat. 2 - Spray on the chipping medium (Vallejo, AK, AMMO, Hair Spray...)and allow to dry (should only take a few minutes) 3 - Spray top coat of acrylic paint you desire to chip and allow to dry...not cure! 10 -15 minutes...enough to clean up your AB. 4 - Using a damp (Not Wet) with water brush apply a light single coat over the area you want to start in...typically no the entire model at once. 5 - Use any number of tools to aid in the removal of top coat paint to the desired effect you want; paint brushes, toothpicks, cotton swabs, etc It is best to test things out on an old shelf queen until you get the hand of how to obtain different looks.
AUG 29, 2014 - 09:38 PM
SEP 01, 2014 - 07:24 PM
I just spent a thoroughly enjoyable hour reading through this. Highly informative and well documented with word and pictures. J
OCT 25, 2014 - 04:35 AM
I seemed to miss your post. Ace in Sept Richard. ..thanks Thank you J. ..glad you enjoyed it!
OCT 25, 2014 - 05:35 AM
I realize this is an old thread. I was referred to it by a friend. There are several missing images on the first page. Is there a way you can edit the article and add the missing images?
AUG 15, 2015 - 11:22 PM
Thanks for the heads up on this Ivan! Not too sure what happened here as the pictures are loaded to the site's servers...I will dig a bit and see what I can turn up to correct his! Cheers, T
AUG 15, 2015 - 11:46 PM
Thanks Todd. Cool beans !
AUG 16, 2015 - 07:00 AM