“Tin-Canning” Submarine Hull: Does Anyone Know How to Do It? Need Some Feedback?
1st thing I would like to say is “These are not my models”. They are the pictures of a model I-400 JPN Sub made by “Hyun Soo Kin”. I am making the same model using the Tamiya 1/350 I-400 Sub model. I also have the Infinity Detail-Up PE kit with wooden deck, and turned brass pieces.
I have always been a huge fan of ship models that re-create the “tin-canning” effect often seen on actual Naval Vessels including war ships, and subs. For me it is a huge visual aspect of the real 1:1 vessel which is rarely replicated in models. I have seen some model makers try to create this on aircraft skins were they actually grind away between the riveted panels. It looks very dangerous to attempt and seems to be a huge time commitment. I want to know how I can do this using just paints, and weathering products. I have attempted many advanced techniques and have had much success with creating visually exciting surfaces but have not done, nor attempted to create, a “tin-canning” surface look.
So, you can see on the included pictures of the I-400 that the model maker succeeded in creating this look. I am not sure how they did it. Maybe some of you know how, and/or have been successful in creating this look on some of your models. I would love to hear your ideas, comments, suggestions, and feedback. Or can you point out any videos which may already exist which illustrate this process. I have looked and have not found anything to similar.
It is really important that I get this right because it is requested by a customer who has commissioned this build, and supplied me with the actual kit, and all the extras. I know I can create a nice looking, realistically weathered sub model, but it would be missing this effect.
10 additional images. Click to enlarge.