is in weathering. One popular technique is to airbrush panel lines
with a darker shade of the base color, either before or after the
base coat. Tom Cleaver and I have discussed this at length; he absolutely
hates the technique, while Iíll admit to being too lazy to employ
it! When this is done with subtly, the effect can be stunning, but
when its overstated, the model ends up looking like a crazy quilt.
technique that can be vastly exaggerated is paint chipping; a little
looks good, but if you overdo it, the model look like itís flown
through a hailstorm.
The key is
realizing the point when you should stop. As Shep Paine has said,
when you think the model needs a little more, stop. Realizing when
that point is, however, is the tricky part, a skill that can come
only with experience.
So, if youíre
overdoing itóor under-doing itófor your tastes, just keep building.
It isnít the hand of the artist that paints the picture, itís the
eye and the brain. The more you model, the more you train your brain
as to what you want to accomplish.
We have a nice
selection of aircraft articles in this issue, and I hope they inspire
you to go to you model bench and spend a few enjoyable hours "training