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Dust Magnet!!
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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 08:43 AM UTC
Hi there

A word of warning for anybody planning on using oil paint to simulate wood grain for a WW1 aircraft fuselage...

From my experience on the interior, I said this technique seemed to be a dust-magnet, but having done the exterior this afternoon, I think it re-defines the phrase!!!

It might be the weather, the fact I used a man-made bristle brush, or just the oil paint itself, but I could actually watch the dust being attracted as I worked!!!

Once the oils dry, I'll see if I can remove the dust without taking the "grain" with it...

Ironically, although (because?) I think I probably got the grain effect pretty much "to scale", the result will be next to invisible... oh well... :-) next time, I'll go far a stronger effect... (and call it artistic licence!)

I'll post some pics when it's safe to touch the model...

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 09:15 AM UTC
:-) No Rowan, can't get that one? Apples and Pears, stairs, whistle and flute suit, dust and magnet ?
Your interior looked very good, it will be a pity if the exterior is spoilt. What thinner are you using? I've never had a problem with oil paint atracting dust.

(Maybe it's the smoke )

Mal
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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 09:28 AM UTC
Hi Mal,

Actually... no thinners at all!! (so we can count that one out... :-))

The idea seems to be to apply neat oil paint over an acrylic basecoat, and streak it with a second (clean) brush...

Maybe I had a real static problem... as I say, you could sit and watch the dust coming to join the fun!!

I'll finish this one, but I don't think it'll be my finest hour... :-)

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 09:58 AM UTC
:-) Ha see your drift, I think you could be right. The man made brush might be producing the static? Bummer, if thats the case only a change to none man made brush will help. One from Brum
Mal
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Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2003 - 07:21 PM UTC
Here's a pic of the dust problem!



Today's job will be to try to remove it... very carefully with a pure bristle brush... :-)

While I'm at it, I'll try to vary the grain a bit for a more "panelled" look - but the real joke is... most of this will be hidden under a "field applied" mottle!! :-)

All the best

Rowan
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 07:46 AM UTC
Bummer, That sure is some dust magnet. Would look good but for the dust :-)
Mal
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Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 07:57 AM UTC

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Bummer, That sure is some dust magnet. Would look good but for the dust
Mal



Hi Mal

It might have looked good one day... but I lost faith and patience, and stripped the lot off!! :-)

I've re-done it with... wait for it... water colours! :-)

If I was worried the first effect was too subtle, the second try is propably a bit OTT, but "what the Hell!" it's only a model... (what am I saying????) :-)

Anyway, I've already put a coat of Klear on it... it dries SOMEWHAT quicker than oils... and no problem with dust (Yip! Yip! Coyote!!). I'll post an update tomorrow. Progress at last! :-)

All the best

Rowan