Chevy Bel Air '51

This is, as long as I remember... My first civilian car model, what a fun !

Since I was eager to try out some effects on the bodywork, I started from here with a coat of Preshading Primer.

I then stained the protruding sides with a generous layer of Scrap Hard.

 

 As it has dried up, a further staining with large drops of Scrap Hard again.

Here is how Scrap Hard looks like when it had dried up.

At this point we start the painting process with SDW Shading Colors. A first coat of TESC62 Ivory on upper part. To get a dotted-pattern effect, the paint is airbrushed unthinned, at a low pressure -less than 14-10 psi-, and spraying more paint than needed -overspray-, pulling back the airbrush trigger. One of the positive features of the SDW Shading Colors, is that you can even airbrush them unthinned at the lowest pressures, without clogging the airbrush. By not diluting them, the more the pressure is lowered, the more you get a pattern effect. You will better see it in the following steps.

 In the rear area, this first effect of soft pattern is clearly visible.

Further lowering the air pressure, a bit of TESC02 White is aibrushed here and there. The pattern effect is now more contrasted. Anyway, as the paint does dry, the finish is smooth.

 

The actual color is given by various combinations of TESC02 White, TESC03 Cyan Blue and TESC45 Sky Blue. You can alternatively use the paints of the TESE07 Primary Set, with Cyan, White and a dot of Yellow.

These paints too are airbrushed at a very low pressure, leaving some primed areas to show off here and there.

 

 

As the paint has dried, a couple hours are enough, it is removed with a hard bristles brush.

And here your beautiful cracked and flaked paint effect !

With a mix of TESC62 Ivory, TESC02 White and TESC99 Matt Additive

Thin, neat streaks are created, pulling the paint low to high.

The prominent metal bumps are first painted with TESM05 Gun Metal

While the thin profiles are painted with TESM02 Light Metal. SDW Shading Metal paints are best for brush painting.

 

To be continued...