Friday, August 9, 2013
Revell 1/72 PT Boat - Part II
I came home last night to my wife waving a small package under my nose that had come in the mail that day. This could only mean my airbrush tips had finally arrived, and knowing that I'd been waiting so patiently for them she couldn't resist teasing me. Once in my possession, I ripped open the little box like a giddy child on Christmas morning and retrieved two shiny new VL-1 and VL-2 airbrush tips. With a renewed sense of purpose, that evening I returned to the workbench to paint the PT Boat.
I had initially thought that after starting the Oscar several days ago that it would be difficult to find the inspiration to jump back into this project. After all, I've never painted a boat before and planes are far more appealing. But it was soon proven that my fears were unfounded.
Painting a PT Boat is similar to painting a tank, and though I haven't painted armor in a while it was like riding a bicycle. The modulated paint and weathering is all the same. So I began as I normally do, using the three layer blend technique that I picked up from Matt over on Doogs' Models. Hands down the most influential techniques I've learned since dry brushing.
It begins with an all over coat of black, followed by highlighting the panels with white...
Then a thin coat of olive green is applied over that, leaving the shadows dark and the white areas a lighter shade of green. This was followed by another layer of olive green mixed with yellow and was applied to just the upper most surfaces. A little tan here and there for streaks and fades, and I've got the basic paint job for a weathered PT Boat. I think any way.
Of course, there is much more left to do to accomplish the final look. I need the keel painted red, then I can start painting small details and utilize washes and dry brushing to help weather it some more. But I'm pretty pleased with it at the moment.
The only question I have is what base am I going to put it on?
I'll think of something....
Thanks for reading!