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Modélisme et impression 3D - Scale Models and 3D printing


Tutorial

Our models have to be painted. The painting of our models is done without difficulty even by a novice modeler. It takes as much time as mounting a plastic injected kit for a more satisfactory result.

The house of the Cevennes Village in N

The PLM train station in N

 

The house of the Cevennes Village :

Used material :
  • Matte light gray acrylic paint of DIY
  • Matte white acrylic paint of DIY
  • Matte ocher acrylic paint of DIY
  • Matte dark gray acrylic paint of DIY
  • Matte maroon acrylic paint for model kit
  • Large paintbrush (10-15 mm wide) with wirehaired
  • Fine paintbrush (5 mm wide)
  • Thin paintbrush (2 mm wide)
  • Paint palette
  • Sponge kitchen and water pan
  • Craft knife
  • Abrasive paper
  • Model kit glue
  • Transparent plastic sheet

Each model comes in a plastic bag.

Tips:

Practice first on a small element to fully master the technique.

For that all buildings of the same type and the same place have the same aspect, it is better to paint them at the same time.

Use white light to not distort the colors.


This model has two parts: the house and doorframes that count 6 sub-elements.

Use the big brush to remove remaining white powders, witnesses of the manufacturing process.

The model is made of sintered polyamide PA 2200. This material with a very fine granularity is ideal to represent masonry. He is flexible and strong.


Paint a light gray primer coat. We recommend using acrylic paint of DIY. The paint for model kit is too thin.

Use the large brush for this task. The finest brushes can be useful to access to narrow areas.

Then let dry.


In the next two steps, apply two coats of paint to simulate the color variations of the stone.

This is limestone which is shown. It has shades of gray (black to white) with ocher / yellow accents.

With the big brush, dab irregularly, without too much pressure, the surface with ocher acrylic paint. Dilute with a little water if necessary. Wipe too marked areas with damp sponge. Damp sponge: dip the sponge into the water and then wring out.


Even before the ocher paint is dry, apply the white paint in same manner. Irregularities must appear.

Then let dry.


We must then apply the fourth color: dark gray. The roof made with slate limestone must be more blackened than the walls (limestone blackened when exposed to rain). This step is the trickiest.

On the palette, drop a little paint. Then dilute it with water. And then apply this very dilute mixture with the big brush by dabbing. Use a fine brush when more precision is needed.

Use the damp sponge to remove the excessive coats of paint or excess water. Regularly rinse the sponge in the water tray. In general you should avoid putting too much paint and rather apply small touches very dilute.

After drying, if the color is too dark, you can dab a little white and ocher to lighten it.


Cutting door frames from the cluster with the cutter. Check that they position well into the house. If necessary adjust with abrasive paper.

Then paint the doorframes with maroon paint. You must also paint the doors on the house. A fine brush is needed here.


Then glue the doorframes with model kit glue. And finally stick inside transparent plastic sheets to represent the glass of the windows.

The model is finished.



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