Lee Turner is one of the best in the model building hobby for creating realistic weathered modeling. His work is so good that many get fooled thinking it is an actual car and not a model. He draws upon techniques demonstrated in other model domains like armor and aircraft. Lee uses acrylic paint for the base colours and weathering. Tamiya is a favored brand. While they don’t make railway colours you can pick out from a range of browns that Tamiya offers.
The object of this posting is to shine a light on the talents of Lee Turner and to debut a technique he developed for a special custom finish for a client. Follow the pictures and text to learn how to apply the ghost of lettering past.
To start with, Lee made a photo copy of a decal set. Then with a sharp #11 blade and steady hand cut a stencil out of the copy.
Lee then shot Tamiya Hull Red through the stencil.
The new decals were applied. At this point, you will realize that the contrast needed some attention.
The car base colour was thinned a applied lightly over the car side including the lettering. This was followed with a thin application of tan and dark brown. The Hull Red was applied lightly with a sponge over the ghost of lettering past. A final touch is to apply a highlights with an airbrush.
One of the key aspect of Lee’s weathering approach is that you can remove a layer with a sponge and little Mean Green Super Strength Degreaser from Wal-Mart.
I think you will agree that Lee Turner is a master at his craft. The artful application of colour creates highlights and shadows to add realism. He can lift a nice model to an extraordinary work of model art.
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