hi stein i always try and give them the look of a proper working boat,i have bought myself an airgun so i can spray rust on them but i,m still practising with it.i always paint every boat by hand,but i have never been able to get the rust right i will get there in the end.have a nice day stein i love norway used to go there a lot on the trawlers when i could work.
Maybe a small spraygun is the right thing for rust, I have not tried it, but I would suggest some clear medium, either turpentine mixed linseed oil or acrylic medium, according to what sort of you paint you use. Make a stripe with the medium, and in the middle of this put some thin rust red and let is seep outwards.
I think it looks pretty well without rust though, and lots of modellers destroy their work with too much "weathering."
Just my humble opinion this, would be interesting to hear someone elses opinion on the best way to produce believable rust.
stein thanks for your input any help is welcome,i,ve got tins with nails in outside which i,ve had for weeks trying to make real rust but a bloody cat knocked them over so i,ve had to start again with that one.i keep trying differant paint mixes but no joy nothing seems to look right,i think my next go is what you say with a red oxide stripe and thin it down see what happens there.and as you say most modelers go overboard with rust and thats even worse.thanks again stein i shall keep experimenting and let you know
Great work, Colin. I love the look of this tug. Re. weathering, I think a lot of modellers are innocent of reality, and have never seen a hard-worked puffer or tug. As I have said before, after years of observation from the early 1950s, I have never seen a floating slum or a heap of floating rust - rust belongs to the realm of wear and tear, and should be treated respectfully, not lavishly or indulgently. A stream from anchor recesses, hawse-pipes and freeing-ports etc....or where the belting rubs the quay, and so on....Donald