Overhead Crane Pt II

Primered
Primed_Assembly-800Everything put together and primered.

As usual .. I see “things to do differently”. If I were to do this again I would drill a hole for the ends of the chains into the spool .. but that needs doing before you reach the final assembly point. On top of the spool is a shield (believe it keeps the chain from jumping out). If you were to drill holes into the spool that needs to be done prior to installing that shield. The other thing .. dammit .. decide what chain you are going to use and make the grooves in the spool/pulley fit the chain! Duh!
Primed_Assembly2-800Here it is in place – the next thing is to paint the sucker. I don’t want to rust this up .. it’s being used. I think it needs a darker gray under-coat/base with a lighter, weathered gray perhaps. What rust it will have will be light .. along seams .. that sort of thing.
Under-Weathering
Oil Wash

Oil Wash

I used some cheap Oil Paint (Burnt Umber) to give a thin wash over the gray primer. I am trying to replicate a sense of that grayish-brown you see where paint has worn away. This also flows into the cracks and crevices creating false shadows. Once I am happy (or as happy as I am going to get) I will seal everything with a matt spray in prep for the top coats.

Sponging
Sponging

Sponging

Took a piece of sponge (the gray stuff they pack around Bachmann models) .. and using some of the same Burnt Umbra oil paint I sponged over the surface. Think this will be ‘good nuff’ for this bit. Let the oils dry .. that will actually be relatively quick as thin as it is. Once that happens some matt spray to seal the surface – then hairspray and paint and chipping

Yellow
Tamiya Flat Yellow XF-3 with a little Khaki XF-49 thinned 50% with water

Tamiya Flat Yellow XF-3 with a little Khaki XF-49 thinned 50% with water

Ok. The model was sealed with matt, then two coats of hairspray and finally Tamiya Flat Yellow with a little Khaki. It was thinned 50% with water instead of Tamiya’s thinner – I don’t want a lot of adhesion. Chipping is next.

Chipped
Chipped

Chipped

Chipped the yellow paint using water/Windex. Waiting for this to dry .. next step is a pin-wash. I’m going to use MIG Brown Wash.

Pin-Wash
Next was a little pin-pinwash1-800washing. You can make up your own easily enough .. a wash is just paint that’s been thinned. You can use acrylics, enamels or oils .. the last two are slower to dry and give you more time to ‘play’. I used MIG Brown Wash .. which is a pre-packaged thinned enamel. What you are doing is creating a shadow effect around bolts, along joints and crevices.


Comments

Overhead Crane Pt II — 3 Comments

  1. ED,

    Great job on this scratch built overhead crane. Nice easy to follow schematics and actual model photos. Thanks for sharing.

    Later, Dave

    • Dave thanks. I posted this up on a couple of forums and love the feedback – the suggestions people make helps fight through the mistakes or find how to work around something.

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