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Scale Effect Gloss/Chrome Paint For Staff Cars ?

August 11 2015 at 7:17 AM
Stirling Lowery  (Login StirlingLowery)
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We often see modellers paint staff cars in military colours - using the same methods used to paint most AFV`s with realistic results, however there were many staff cars used by the military of all nations which retained their original manufacturers paint scheme of "gloss & chrome " which are alien paint schemes to most military modellers resulting in unrealistic efforts when trying to reproduce the scale representations of gloss and chrome in 1/35 scale, the large scale auto modellers have mastered these paint effects - although producing an intentional "showroom" paint finish,- which are the best methods of painting realistic looking 1/35 scale gloss/chrome factory issued civillian/staff cars with restrained urban weathering ?


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Matthew Stirling
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You can buy chrome spray paint. For a good gloss coat...

August 11 2015, 7:29 AM 

Apply several layers of clear gloss, lightly sanding or buffing between each coat.

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Scott Dimmick
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Better off using Semi-gloss/Satin instead

August 19 2015, 12:21 PM 

If you go for a high gloss finish on a 1/35 scale staff car, IMO its going to look like a Toy Car. That is the biggest issue your going to run into trying to finish it.

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David Nickels
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Some options

September 8 2015, 4:25 PM 

It will depend a lot on the type of car. And, a lot of vintage cars have polished metal parts versus chrome. So you want to make sure you are depicting the right material to start with.

For something like Hitler's car, you would want a pretty clean, glossy finish. The car would be well maintained and in tip top shape. That doesn't mean you can't apply some light weathering to the wheels and chassis, which will make it look more realistic.

For a field car, I would go with a satin finish. Or, start with gloss, and tone it down slowly with some clear overcoats on the top, leaving more gloss on the sides. This will give a good faded finish look. Again, weathering will tone down gloss. I finished the Bronco Fiat Topolino (Blog on Track Link) this way with a faded satin finish.

Chrome or polished metal can be done with Alclad II airbrush lacquer. Its very durable and can be very bright, if you desire. Even the Alclad Chrome, which is their brightest shade, looks better than the toylike chrome you see in most car kits. Polished Aluminum is good too, and they make many other metallic shades useful for cars.

Don't forget to tone down the glass with a light layer of dust on field cars

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