This easy way to create your own canvas can make your model look much better.
- mix liquid white glue (for wood) with water, until you obtain a white paint-like fluid.
- "paint" a sheet of paper tissue with this mixture. (one or several layers, try out what works best for your model)
- drape the wet paper tissue over the kit's plastic canvas, and make it fit. Trim / fold away the edges. The end result should look like your original canvas, but white and soggy.
- be patient till it is COMPLETELY dry. The result should be hard. Radiators and hairdryers may help it dry faster, they can also help you ruin your plastic model. Be patient. (in the meanwhile, you can work at other parts of your model of surf around on the web to find a better text explaining you this procedure).
- once it's dry, you can paint. Of course, too much paint could make your canvas soggy again. Be careful. Paintbrushing is always the best option.
- of course there's no need to copy the original kit's canvas. You can make your own. you can leave it closed, open, neatly folded, carelessly shoved away, etc...
- same technique applies to make blankets
- if you take some time, it results in good sleeping bags, even kit bags,...
- with some experimenting, you can use this technique to remodel soldier's clothes or uniforms, blankets, etc...This applies especially to large scale figures (120 mm series..).
Here's one fine example of the result of such canvas (but you'll find dozens on the web !)
TEST FIRST ! Before you mess up your finished model, I strongly advise you try the wet-tissue technique on an old model or on any other object. In fact, always try out ANY new technique to get some experience if you don't want to ruin a good model.
And of course, please add your own experience on this subject !
If you decide to give this a first try, I"m interested in learning about the results.