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Right! – How much weathering is too much?
I personally think these Viggens are overdone myself – you don’t see them like that in real life…waitaminute!? Oooops!
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Ulf Lundberg said on February 10, 2017
This is deeply disturbing. Do you mean to say, that we should actually take the time to study photos, rather than following the current trend in the modelling community;-)
Rob Pollock said on February 10, 2017
Gary Stevenson said on February 10, 2017
If I had seen a model of the Viggen painted up like that I would have said it was overdone but looking at a photo…..!
Well you have to hand it to the swedes, they love to mucky-up their jets!
Craig Abrahamson said on February 10, 2017
And why do they have to have such fast jets? They have to constantly keep turning to stay in their own airspace LOL 🙂
Bill Koppos said on February 12, 2017
Jeff Bailey said on February 23, 2017
Hilarious! Makes sense!
Bernard E. Hackett, Jr. said on February 10, 2017
Naw, Ulf. There was a group of American painters in the early 20th century called (by their critics) “The Ashcan School”.
Nowadays there’s the “Spanish” school.
Realism (whatever that is) can be taken too far.
My rule of thumb is when I say, “Maybe a little more…” Then, I stop.
Gary Stevenson said on February 13, 2017
Wise words sir…..always leave the table feeling you could eat one more mouthful.
Phil Steele said on February 10, 2017
It’s easy to OVER DOO weathering. I try to use reference photos if possible. Otherwise I’ll keep it light.
Phil, great point, as in the photo heading this article. I remember the first Koku Fan photo of an F4 underside I saw. It was a revelation.
Louis Gardner said on February 10, 2017
I did a lot of weathering on my recent early F4U builds. But that was after I studied numerous pictures of the original planes. Those Corsairs based in the Solomon Islands were pretty beat up and grungy. It made things worse when the planes were sometimes shared by two Squadrons. That meant that the planes were constantly in use and very little time was left for cleaning after the routine maintenance was done.
Excellent point though.
Cool picture too.
Exactly Louis! – I’ve come to the conclusion that as long as YOU are happy with it…..’nuff said!
You nailed it on the head with that statement buddy.
Greg Kittinger said on February 10, 2017
It IS easy to get heavy-handed if you’re not careful. However, adding some wear and grunge as appropriate does give a model more dimension I think. Sometimes we get eager and cross the line a tad, but hey, it’s all modeling!
….and in the case of this pic, in real life too! 🙂
Robert Royes said on February 10, 2017
You all make great points. It is a great photo though.
I thought it was cool too.
Johannes Gerl said on February 10, 2017
Cool idea, Gary. Like it a lot.
How about this one?
“Modelling is art. Why let only naturalism count?”
Hell yeah! – I feel a Dali-esque Wessex coming on…….
Terry Schuler said on February 10, 2017
Good topic Gary, a lot of good responses, and I must agree with almost everybody, especially Halvar, that modeling is an art.
Too much or too little is always on a modelers mind, and we’ve all seen heavy weathering and none at all look equally good. So what does one do ?.
I think a lot of times, our models actually look better than the real thing, especially when you actually look at the oil leaking warped skin aircraft we are trying to recreate. So from there we have to always go from pristine to somewhat worn, but not totally trashed. Too recreate this, takes experience, and learning. I have to admit within my own skills I think I’m very good at shading panels but have a lot to learn about paint chipping. Eventually you will find what works. Take a few chances, learn by your mistakes, talk to your model buddies , enjoy this hobby !
Editor said on February 10, 2017
There are many clichés in the modeling world, such as “so and so aircraft were used in peacetime so they were well maintained (which is supposed to be the same as: clean)”. Heh. Well maintained can be very far from clean, especially on the undersides where all the oil keeps ending up, peacetime or not, jet or prop. Add also all the paint bleaching due to UV and other elements. Both shown very well on this wonderful photo (thanks for sharing).
I’d also agree with Halvar that modeling is art, so photorealism, (if ever achievable), is not the only possible way to go. For centuries, artists have been improving on the dirt and grime of reality, with good results :). Or exaggerated it. If it looks good in modeling, it is good IMHO.
I find it best to model to please myself & don’t enter competitions or compare my models to others. They look good to me & I suppose that’s satisfaction enough.
Since our local model club has instigated a ‘bring & show’ section to our meetings, I’ve been taking pics & find that some look better than others – with or without weathering.
C’est la vie huh~?
California Steve said on February 10, 2017
So submerging model aircraft in a wash mix is allowed?
Great information and comments guys.
Whatever floats yer boat Steve…. If it looks good to you, go ahead & do it.
…..but have fun doing it!
Tom Cleaver said on February 10, 2017
If you’re going to do what some (including you, without that photo) would say is “too much,” it’s good to have photographic evidence as a guide. When you don’t, you can just think of the environment it’s being used in, the nature of such use, and pretty much get a good idea where to go (airplanes on the Eastern Front on both sides are going to be grungy, with muddy wheels and wheel wells, etc.). Of course all that comes from research. The most important aspect of modeling.
Well put and absolutely agree. Consider the conditions and use photo evidence when possible.
….research to me is one of the most enjoyable parts to making models Tom, I can sometimes take half as long looking up details on a particular ‘plane than time spent actually making the kit!
And it’s so relaxing.
Seamus Boughe said on February 11, 2017
I have always looked at modeling/weathering as a linear scale with “Artistic” on one end and “Realistic” on the other, then I try to shoot for the middle (although, at times I have found myself a little right or left of center). Thing is, as long as I am happy with it, then I couldn’t give a rusty f**k in a rolling donut what others think. I model for myself, not for others.
Dirk Derks said on February 12, 2017
The nice thing about this hobby. You can do it, exactly as you want to. It is never wrong. Picture is great.
Or is it fake and are we watching a 1/48-1/32 model?
Regards, Dirk/The Netherlands.
Chuck A. Villanueva said on February 12, 2017
Also consider that the paints used on aircraft today are different from what was used from the very beginning. How they are applied today, for instance on US Navy aircraft, the paint itself is radar absorbent, literally by just touching an airframe with your bare hands it will absorb the natural oil on your hand. Just hanging out on our HH-60H Seahawk doing pre-flight checking fasteners, I would do it bare handed at times, My PC (plane captain) would remind me put your gloves on. So the aircraft would weather quite quickly even at home, much more so while on the boat. Keep in mind as stated the environment where the aircraft are operating out of, combat operations or just deployed for training.
Very informative Chuck – touching the airframe – paint-spray touch-ups etc etc. All help to making the aircraft look ‘used’. Thanks to everyone for commenting.
Seems I’ve created a monster!
Bowman Roberts said on February 14, 2017
Viggens in photo.
Guessing, no, betting they don’t look like this before the next day’s flight!!
Don’t know what they did in this day’s flight; but, aircraft DO get dirty from use. Crews clean most of that off after they land.
Now in primitive conditions, like in forward bases, likely didn’t have facilities to clean aircraft as they would in improved areas. Just get the mud off moving parts.
Great topic. Great discussion with many good points.
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