Believe it or not, a simpler technique would be to do some very subtle dry-brushing to bring out the texture highlights using a very light grey or nearly white paint. Those of you familiar with painting and weathering plastic models would be familiar with this technique. Easy to do, but requires some practice as it does require a subtle touch. A metallic color could be used but could easily be over-done. There is already texture in the carving. The primary goal is to trick the eye with a high contrast of color between dark and light. This gives the illusion of "depth of scale", especially when photographed.
Hi Don. I pretty much have my hands full keeping up with my wife's cutting board/glass gift engraving business ( www.wellwrittengifts.com ). I personally haven't been able to "complete" a model myself in nearly 2 years. I tend to focus in on a specific topic (like Doc's cannons) and just go for it... mostly just to see if I can do it. I prefer to do my own CAD drawings to fit my style of CNC and laser machining practices. Honestly, there just isn't enough money in commercial model kit fabrication to make it worth my time. However, I will do favors for SoS members on the side if it is interesting and specific... time permitting. I much prefer to keep modeling my hobby and art form rather than calling it a job. I do appreciate your question and take it as a compliment.To MIKE have you considered doing any thing comercialy with the cnc 3-d like capoastans etc if the plans were sent to you. THANKS Don
Lovely work - as ever. Particularly like the cannon!I've been busy since I'm back from vacation. I carefully removed the cannons from the billet, cleaned them up with an X-Acto and some files and dyed them black. The photos show the guns with one coat of poly. The detail is maintained even after dying and poly! There are no cap squares yet.
I also finished the fenders and the boarding stairs and glued them in place. No poly on any of the outside structures yet.View attachment 115435View attachment 115436View attachment 115437View attachment 115438View attachment 115439View attachment 115440