Weathering the Paint from Bright to Dull

I've read and seen alot of How-to's on weathering. But they jump from a bright, nicely painted model to Washes and Muds etc without mentioning what they did to get the painted model to a weathered dull sheen. I've experimented on my "practice hull" til the poor thing has like 20 coats of various liguids and weighs twice what it used to.

I have 4 Tamiya "practice" models stacked up that I would like to give a fitting end before I start my Dragon box. Tell me please, what is the conventional way to get a bright, shiny model into a weather-dulled sheen?

My most finished model is a Stug III. They all are base coated with Tamily XF60 (Dark Yellow) with XF58 (Olive Green) and XF64 (Red Brown) camo. (Was practicing camo patterns) There is no topcoat yet.

My thanks and appreciation in advance.

SMH Replies I would add very little weathering in the form of outside the cockpit were from pilot climbing in and possibly a chip or two on front edges of the wings and give it an overspray with a Tamiya clear coat from a rattlecan.

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May 14, 2015
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by: SONARman

An accomplished modeler friend of mine who's won many awards in competition suggests the following way to 'filter' and/or add highlights, 'wear', 'mud', 'spatter' to all types of models and figures. I have experimented with several kits - as well as on my 'painting hulls', with great effects, and it is very inexpensive.

Basically, using an old brush - in many sizes for various effects - streaking, filtering, adding 'highlights - mix oil - base pastel 'chalks' - purchased at the art supply store in all those 'burnt sienna' and 'pastel' shades - mix shavings of these oil- based 'crayons' in a cup with 'Ronson' / lighter fluid until the shavings dissolve almost if not completely [I use Ronson as that was the recommendation - but charcoal / lighter fluid may work as well]. All kinds of 'special effects', 'weathering' , 'highlights etcetera can be achieved. Before the 'stains' dry, you can wipe the subject off with a cloth to bring out surface details, or you can add all kinds of shades, and when a 'thick' solution dries, clumps of color remain - just like 'mud'. Remember MUD? Mud comes in red, light blue, greens, browns, greys - thin washes make excellent filters. Try this technique on an old 'paint horse' / hulk or 'test' model first - experiment. Cheap, easy, verrry effective in a number of areas - Ronsonol and oil-pastel shavings - a great 'tool' - and the Ronsonol/'mix' will not harm the plastic or the 'base' finish, either! Try it. Be careful, have fun .. Cheers!

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