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Re: Scale effect painting on ships
These rules are useful (if not complicated), but are only applicable assuming the color used is correct to begin with. Paint a piece of scrap plastic with the desired paint, and when dry, hold it next to the model and judge if the color looks "right" or needs fading for that particular scale. Same thing for military vehicles, tanks, etc.
Yes, many of us on this forum apply scale effect on our 1:700 models.
As far as I'm concerned I stick to a rule I found on SteelNavy years ago (don't know its origin): I add a percentage of white equal to the square root of the scale denominator.
for 1:700 : square root of 700 is around 26, so I add circa 25% of white.
Two exceptions :
- Light and transparent colors (white, yellow, buff, red, green): I add 5-10% of neutral gray (Tamiya XF-19). This gives a very realistic effect on whit IMHO, taking away the "toy effect".
- Navy Blue (5-N) : I add 30-40% of white as this shade is particularly efficient in masking details.
I do apply the same rule on my aircraft.
I know others have different rules but do use a scale effect too.
Some modelers prefere to apply a light heavily diluted gray coat on the whole model when finished.
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