Lee Turner sent me a few pictures of his most recent work. He is painting a number of figures and items to go into a car he is building to add to his collection. Figure painting has always challenging for me but Lee offers a few tips as to how he does it.
Here is Lee’s short course on painting figures:
I have come to really enjoy figure painting and I have found doing African American skin realistically a challenge. I start all figures with a coat of Tamiya fine primer and then airbrushing Tamiya flesh on the face and any exposed skin. Tamiya’s color is the most vibrant and makes a great base for any skin tone. The figure is then sealed to protect the base layer with Krylon matte finish from a rattle can. Shadows and tinting the skin to various shades is done with my old favorite, Vallejo dark brown wash, this makes for a transparent layer that allows the base color to show through to add a lifelike warmth to the figure. So many times I have seen representations of darker skinned people they look like they have been dipped in chocolate! It never looked right to me. I’ll use artist markers in black, brown and red tones for shadows and rosy cheeks or to even look red faced. The markers are not permanent and can be blended with a Q-tip to soften the shadow and color.
Radio was the entertainment source for long-distance train travel. Lee Turner built this classic for his project. It is complete with lights.
NEW PROTOCRAFT TRUCKS AVAILABLE
Two new fifty-ton freight car trucks have arrived from the Boo Rim factory in Korea.
PC-219-P Coil-Eliptic 50-ton freight truck in Proto:48. The addition of an elliptical leaf spring replacing the middle coil spring provided a dampening effect of the friction between leaves which tended to resist sudden movements and reduce oscillations. Protocraft’s model is based on Symington-Gould (Gould Coupler Corporation of Rochester, N.Y) drawings. Both Symington and the Buckeye Castings Co of Ohio, were the chief exponents of coil-elliptic trucks which were adopted as a system standard by the Pennsylvania Railroad and several smaller lines such as the Chicago Great Western.Protocraft’s all brass construction, based on Symington’s drawings, has ball bearings in each journal box with working journal box lids, leaf springs are hinged and fully workable, full brake detail and rolls on Protocraft’s unique sintered 70% steel and 30% stainless steel blend for a very hard rolling surface, and is fully equalized. Axles are all stainless steel for added strength. Left unpainted, wheels will rust, and this is desirable in the model as in the prototype. Treads take a shiny finish for a realistic running look. Fabricated in Korea by Boo Rim Precision. $52.95/pair
PC-218-P Vulcan 50-ton freight truck in Proto:48. This truck was popular during the 1920-1930’s and using the Vulcan patent, had cast steel side frames with separate journal boxes. It is distinctive by the extended side frame casting past the journal box on each end. The design enabled the journal boxes to be bolted directly into the pedestal jaws, eliminating the need for the bottom retainer bars such as the Andrews side frame. Protocraft’s all brass construction has used American Steel Foundries drawings, has ball bearings in each journal box with working journal box lids, full brake detail and rolls on Protocraft’s unique sintered 70% steel and 30% stainless steel blend for a very hard rolling surface, and is fully equalized. Axles are all stainless steel for added strength. Left unpainted, wheels will rust, and this is desirable as in the prototype. Treads take a shiny finish for a realistic running look. Fabricated in Korea by Boo Rim Precision. $52.95/pair