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Unread June 16th, 2014, 04:28 PM
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Default Preshading - before a darker color?

I'm building something outside my usual: a 48th Trumpy Seahawk FGA Mk. 6 with Dutch markings.
Most of my usual modern jets are mainly light, which tends to favora a dark preshade.
However, the Seahawk is a bit different.
Lower fuselage is "sky" which will work really well for preshading.
Upper is a really dark sea blue.
Question: since black preshading will be all but invisible, what do you use to preshade under a dark color? Do you go white? Don't bother?
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Well... in my case, I never bother with pre-shading with dark colours. Instead, I'd use post-shading. Spray somewhat lightened shade over random panel. Here are a couple of pics of CONA F/A-18C that I did a little while back. I added a few drops of white into the Gunze Aqueous Navy Blue.

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Ya it's tough to pre shade with really dark colors. You pretty much have to post shade. First lay down your main color. Then take the same color but lightened up with white and spray the center of the panels. After that use your base color again but this time darkened and spray the panel lines. Once that's all to your lining, take your base color, thin it down and spray everything evenly. This will bring it all together. This is the method I use.
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Postshading.
Hm.
I'd heard it used with armor, but never considered it with planes/jets. It makes a heap of sense with the dark.
Thanks!
Aggressor, thanks for the specifics.
Time to try a new technique.
Hope it turns out.
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I pre shade everything, I don't post shade at all. Then give it a wash, and you'll be good
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Here's an example of the epitome of a dark color, BLACK. Here, the only thing you can do is post shade.







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Nice job on that. Thanks for showing off your handiwork.
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As long as there's a big contrast between the colours and you're delicate with the top coat it can still work well. I did this slightly differently in that I primed in black and then sprayed all the panel interiors very, very light grey.

1st colour coat

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That's an outstanding finish. Thanks for the tip.
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Post shading looks cool on a Viper too! Gunship Grey is fairly dark!




I lighten my base color roughly 30% and mix the paint really thin in the airbrush, next I turn the regulator on my compressor down to around 10-12 psi and start spraying inside all of the panels. If you think that your post shade is looking too stark, finish shading the model and go back over the areas with your original base color "mixed super thin...almost like a tinted thinner!" This will help blend the shading together and make things look more uniform.
This is my method to Post shading but Aggressor's method works really well too!!!
Best of luck with your project Sir!!!
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