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« on: March 19, 2005, 11:27:54 am »
Ok, please bear with me here. This isn't exactly furry related......well.......maybe it could be?  ':p'  Let me explain:

I happen to enjoy building model kits in my spare time. I also happen to enjoy military aviation, specifically modern jets (F-16, F-14, etc.). I've got a F/A-18 fighter jet model kit at home that I'm thinking of building for a Oct. contest or possibly next year for March. What I want to do is build it if it had been assinged to the VF-1 Wolfpack naval squadron. History found here: V

http://www.topedge.com/alley/squadron/pac/vf1hist.htm

The Wolfpack squadron never had F-18's, only F-14's. The squadron was disbanded in 1993. But I'm doing a "What If" scenario if the squadron still existed. I want to color the model in such a way where it looks like an entire wolf's body was painted on the aircraft. The nose of the aircraft model would have the head of the wolf on it. To give you an example of what I'm taking about, here's a pic of an aircraft painted in tiger markings:

http://www.dutchtigersquadron.nl/Aircraft/jpg_FIATG-91.htm

So after I build the basic fuselage of the aircraft, I have two choices: One, find some wolf decals (stickers) to put all over the aircraft (I've already searched all over the Internet and could not find anything.). Or Two, I have a set of Prismacolor pencils at home and was wondering if they could be used to draw the wolf body on the model? Can Prismacolors be used on bare plastic? If not, I could paint the model overall in a dark gray color first, then use the pencils to draw the wolf body and other details on the aircraft. After that, the model would be sprayed with a protective clear coat to seal in the coloring. And if you thought coloring the model would be unique, I plan to go further and modify a little pilot figure with a wolf shaped head, and also add a tail!  '<img'>

Well, sorry if this topic isn't furry related. I guess my main question was about the use of the pencils. I could've asked all this in a modeling forum but I don't want my modeling friends to know I'm a furry.  '<img'>




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« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2005, 12:46:46 pm »
Quote (Sno-Pak @ Mar. 19 2005, 8:27 am)
...but I don't want my modeling friends to know I'm a furry.  '<img'>

They're not good friends if they would turn on you because you're  furry.

Anyways, I don't think Prismacolor pencils will come out that well on plastic. Just use paint and a brush with a very small tip that you can draw easily with, like the kind that come with those little paint sets.

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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2005, 02:29:52 pm »
Model paint is your best bet.

It's not really that expensive, either.


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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2005, 05:45:33 pm »
Feldy and SilentKnight:  I appreciate the tip on using paints to do the artwork but I don't think I'd be that good when it comes to blending and shading of different colors. I took a painting course back in high school and failed miserably.  ':cry:'  An airbrush would probably work best but I don't have one and don't know how to use one.  '<img'>  I just have a gut feeling that tells me to try penciling the artwork on the aircraft. I'm a bit optimistic that it might work. I just need a lot of time to carefully plan out all the shapes, contours, etc., that's all.
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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2005, 02:05:32 pm »
Personally I'd use a paintbrush for this since I have some experience using them. that said, I'm pretty sure most pros at this kind of thing would use an airbrush. It takes longer, but you can get *really* precise lines with it or really smooth gradients and it also gives an almost perfectly even coat. It also applies paint in thin layers, so any moulded detil won't be lost

If you use an airbrush, usually it means making stencils for all the parts your going to paint, and takes a *lot* of preperation work. From what I've heard though, the effort usually pays off and you get some really nice work (custom paint jobs for cars and probably the ones on those planes would have used airbrushes. The planes would use a computer controlled one with more variation in nozzle effects rather than a stencil, but it'd be an airbrush all the same)

only downside to an airbrush is they tend to cost quite a bit. You also have to buy specially thinned paint (althoguh I've heard thinned acrylics can work) anyway, good lock with the custom painting, hope it goes well '<img'>