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How to replicate heavily faded NMF?

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Title says it all.    I'm building a Korean War F-51D and these aircraft had the crap kicked out them.   Here's an example of what I'm trying to replicate:

 

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What are your suggestions for something like this?  Keep in mind, if it's a flat aluminum paint, will I be able to gloss it for decals and then overcoat to restore it's dull finish?

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I would try adding Tamiya Clear Blue to whatever version of Aluminum paint you are going to try and use. HTH

   Mike Horina

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Looks to me like a very pale grey paint with a touch of aluminium added would be good for this. The clear blue is a good idea.

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If you are foiling, some egg shells in with some pre-grained foil in water (shiny side down of course), for just a few minutes then a quick blast of flat or semi-flat. Works like a charm. 

 

 

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12 hours ago, Neo said:

Correct me if im wrong but that plane looks like its painted gray and bot nmf

 

 

I could be wrong too, but it actually does appear to be NMF, just heavily dulled by time and weather. You can see areas where the stars and bars/codes have been scratched off, and the same gray looking surface is perfectly represented under them, with no change in color or wearing of the gray color.

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I've used Gunze Surfacer 1200 and added various shades of their metallic paints

for contrast for this (not LS of course but 1/48):

 

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Touched up a few areas with Alclad. Worked for me.

 

Lothar

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Just paint it flat aluminum.  Make a slurry of brown mixed with yellow and thinned heavily, and mist over the whole plane. Then, like suggested above, go back with a brush and add brown, tan, and rust washes to parts of the aircraft.

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I've been playing with Indian Ink it's water based a bit like concentrate wash you thin to what you want.

Bob

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