1⁄35Bringing Out the Details
Dials and instrument panels.
The effects achieved by drybrushing to bring out the details on instrument panels are most effected by the quality of the kit’s molding. Obviously, in order to bring out the details they need to be there in the first place.
The technique is basically the same-a little paint applied sparingly. The difference being that instead of a lightened base color we use straight white.
A fine brush is used to apply the paint only into the dials and on the top surface of any knobs/buttons. Use your reference to determine if any colors are to be used. Examples of this are the red or yellow caution lights. I also like to use blue and green to add color to my cockpits. While this may not be 100% realistic I believe it does add to the overall effect. A dab of future in the dial faces after the drybrushing adds that glass look.
Well we should be about ready to assemble the interior and join the fuselage halves (depending on your kit). Next week I’d like to quickly re address the wash/drybrush techniques as they apply to armor kits, and then talk about seams. - Mike T.
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