Using Cast-A-Coat for Wing Walks
Getting a convincing "scale effect" when making wing walks is not the easiest of tasks, and there are as many ways of doing it as there are modellers. No one way is the "right way" and what I present here, is simply the way I do it myself, and if you find it a useful or effective way I invite you to try it yourself.
Generally I wait until the model is painted and mask off the areas to be treated using Tamiya tape in most cases. You need to be careful when doing this as it is all too easy to build it up too much and leave a large step on the edge, which is a serious pain in the jacksie to remove.
With the area properly masked I then brush on some of the setting agent (the pink stuff) as airbrushing it on would cause it to dry too quickly. Working quickly I sprinkle the 35/16 Surface Simulation Powder, and shake off the excess into the top of whichever model box lid is handy. This not only keeps the modelling room from becoming a right mess, but also allows for the excess to be poured back into the container.
Another alternative is to mix a "slurry" Which can be applied using a brush.
At this point you can create chipped effects by flicking or scraping away the powder using a toothpick, or your favourite tool for this type of work.
Once satisfied with the texture on the surface I then spray it matte black, and should you wish to do so, the area can be shaded as you would any other part of the model. The masks are then removed, and the wing walk can then be sprayed with gloss varnish and weathered alongside the rest of the model.
Hopefully some of you will find this method useful and may give it a go, and if not perhaps it was a nice read and you may have enjoyed looking at the pretty pictures.
Cheers guys, Jay
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