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Title: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 02:07:01 AM
Yeah.....I don't even know where too begin to post this here...so..oh well...here it is.....

This was done as part of a quick challenge in an FB group "Post-Apocalyptic Modelling - Welcome To The Zone!"

The task was to take a simple plastic bottle cap, and make it look like a rusted old metal one.

I really had not time to do this..but it seemed fun, so I took 45 mins and gave it a shot.


First step was to run over it with the car.

Step #2, was to spray it with black self-etching automotive primer (to make sure to create a well bonded base coat for the subsequent layers/finishes.
Belatedly I decided that some of the exposed/crushed edges needed some thinning/refining.


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 02:10:25 AM
Because this is full scale this is actually really simple....and since there were no "rules" as to how we go about finishing the cap, I took an easy-out/short-cut to the rust finish.

Third step...and this was primarily as a back-up/precaution in case things did not work as I anticipated, I randomly sponged on some dark toned AMMO rust tones. These were dried with a blow-dryer, and were immediately over-sprayed with some, DullCoat....which was also promptly dried with a blow-dryer.

Step #4; Now here is where the "easy out" came in; ..and this is not something I would recommend for a scale model, as IMO it only works/looks correct, in full scale or pretty close to it.

I randomly dabbed the cap with various thickness/thinned amounts of "Iron Base" from Sophisticated Finishes....I worked, and stippled it to build up areas and edges to vary the grain/coarseness of the eventual rust.


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 02:12:51 AM
Step #5; Next, the cap was sprayed with hairspray, and just before the hairspray was completely dry, I sprinkled randomly coarse ground salt onto the cap.

Step #6At this point I mixed an "off-white" (to replicate an old/aged/weathered white, and one that I could come back in and do lighter 'mapping' on if I so decided) color using Tamiya paints and water, and airbrushed it randomly over the cap.


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 02:15:01 AM
Step #7; I then took some Tamiya red, into which I poured/mixed some of the left-over off-white tone, to lighten/fade the red. This was airbrushed on through an Eduard metal star stencil. (Instead of just holding the mask in place, I should have put more effort into holding/attaching it tightly to the surface, so as to get a crisper edge....but I was in a hurry and lazy. :) )

Once this was dried with the blow-dryer, I applied a coat of Vallejo 'Satin Finish' (applying this at this point was not my preferred way to go, and did not yield the result I really wanted....but I was out of Tamiya 'Gloss Clear' to mix into the actual colors.


Step #8, was to scrub the salt with a brush, and use Windex and a brush to chip the paint.

Once the chipping was to where I felt it was okay, I brushed on the "Rusting Solution", and let it do its thing.


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 02:19:26 AM
The cap 15 minutes after the application of the "rusting" solution.


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 02:21:36 AM
And some shots of the cap this morning (set in what would be the apocalyptic scene :D ), after the solution had time to fully do it's job (the bottle says the solution is active for 24 hours).


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 02:22:12 AM
A bit more in context


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 02:22:56 AM
...and nothing is complete without the B&W glamour shot. :D


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: mad gerald on August 15, 2014, 02:23:56 AM
This challenge is really weird ...  ::)  ...

... and THIS looks like as it would be a part of a chocolate-coated marshmallow ...  :D



Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: marc_reusser on August 15, 2014, 03:56:32 AM
:D :D

Yes, the pitfall of using our phone for photography under fluorescent lights. :D


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: BKLN on August 15, 2014, 06:34:36 AM
I love it!


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: Ray Dunakin on August 15, 2014, 01:25:10 PM
Fun challenge, and excellent results!


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: finescalerr on August 15, 2014, 02:24:34 PM
You do seem to be getting the hang of how to use paint. -- Russ


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: Mr Potato Head on August 15, 2014, 05:06:24 PM
Yes Russ Marc may have figured out the paint! But we already knew that  ;D
It's backing the car over the bottle cap that he's still trying to perfect  ::)
MPH


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: Stoker on August 15, 2014, 06:24:12 PM
Great -err, crappy looking finish on that bottlecap! Is the tattered stuffed animal to set the apocalyptic scene like the one from Breaking Bad?

(http://www.mardecortesbaja.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/WaltTeddyBearBaja.jpg)


Title: Re: Red Star Cap
Post by: Franck Tavernier on August 23, 2014, 09:56:21 AM
The cap 15 minutes after the application of the "rusting" solution.

Marc,

I find these two photos much better than the last one...More realistic for me, probably because of the rust effect...which I think is almost perfect here!

Just my two cents...

Franck