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Painting brass/copper surfaces
spongya
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Posted: Wednesday, May 08, 2019 - 08:47 PM UTC
I am building the Nautilus model by Pegasus, and planning to build it brass. (I know Verne wrote it was steel, but I prefer the steam-punk look.)


How best paint realistic looking brass? I am worried that if I simply use paint (any paint) it will just look unrealistic. (Real brass would look flatter, duller if you look at it afar - so the model should somehow reflect it.

One option would be "fogging" brass paint over a black/dark grey base. But that's about it. How are metal covered ships painted? (The Monitor I guess is one example.)

Thank you.
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Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2019 - 03:35 AM UTC
Alclad paints are very good. They are airbrush-able out of the bottle and go on very thin and smooth. They are also hand brushable. Possible downside is that they are lacquer.
https://www.aeronautiko.com/product_info.php?products_id=12963
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Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2019 - 04:44 PM UTC
Hi,

Thank you - the paint itself is not an issue. The worry is the method of application. I think if I cover the model "properly" -as if it was a bare metal airplane- it would look unrealistic.

Anyhow I will experiment, and see how it turns out.

Best,

A
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Posted: Thursday, May 09, 2019 - 04:50 PM UTC
I have had very good results with Molten Metals:


Polished Copper

Brass
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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 02:04 AM UTC

Quoted Text

Hi,

Thank you - the paint itself is not an issue. The worry is the method of application. I think if I cover the model "properly" -as if it was a bare metal airplane- it would look unrealistic.

Anyhow I will experiment, and see how it turns out.

Best,


A


In the Alclad link there is a tutorial on how to achieve best results with the paint (primers, base coats, pre-shading etc.).
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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 - 07:44 PM UTC
Hi,

Thank you for the response. The thing is I was not asking about paints - I was thinking about technique. As I said scale effect means if I simply paint it brass/copper it would look like a shiny little toy. (Real metal surfaces do not look extremely shiny when looked from afar, unless they are polished to a high sheen. I am not certain the Nautilus would be polished...)

So I was wondering about the application of paint.
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Posted: Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 02:40 AM UTC
Alclad doesn't dry to a high gloss unless you polish it. By itself it dries to a slightly dull semi/gloss metallic. You can also airbrush a satin clear finish over overly glossy surfaces.