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Old Nov 17, 2012, 12:03 PM
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Airbrush Rain Drops

Hi!

I have been doing a complete overhaul of my Jouster and decided to try my hand at some airbrushing. I watched a bunch of videos on YouTube and thought, it can't be that hard, so here we go.

I repainted the fuse with Krylon Fusion Gloss White and waited several days for it to dry. I taped up the area that I wanted and sprinkled on some water drops. Pulled out the airbrush and used some bright blue enamel paint and sprayed it at a very shallow angle. I still have to wait for the water to dry, but it's looking way better than my first attempt (which I didn't use enough paint).

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Old Nov 17, 2012, 09:34 PM
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Nice try
some airbrush info here
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Old Nov 18, 2012, 02:47 PM
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Thank yo for the link. There's some great ideas in there I just might have to try myself.

Here's some more pics of my progress. It's not exactly what I had in mind, but it's getting there. I'm still learning how to use the airbrush and the paint/thinner ratio might be too much on the thinner side. The other side will be better.

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Old Nov 20, 2012, 05:55 AM
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Ahhhh!!!!!! The old Jouster lives!
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 03:40 PM
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A quick note if you want your drops to pop a coat of clear over the top will help give the three-dimensional look.
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Old Dec 15, 2012, 09:13 PM
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Thank you for the tip. I am still playing around with the paints, angle of spray, thinner and clear coat to get the best effect. I have already removed the paint three times and am still getting use to the airbrush. Practice makes perfect. The I also found out that the effect is very delicate (rubs off easy) if you don't follow with some kind of clear coat. I'm using the enamel paint (model master) from the hobby store and feel that I might need to get some different paint that works better with an airbrush. In the meantime, I still have to finish installing the servos and rudder. I really like the dual action airbrush, I just need more practice with it.

Here is the video I use for inspiration to keep at it.
Airbrushing Water Droplets (8 min 30 sec)


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Old May 19, 2013, 01:06 PM
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Well, after a break from the Jouster to finish up some other projects, I decided to get back to airbrushing the Jouster fuse. I wasn't really happy with the way the first attempt came out, so I re-sanded the fuse and tried the raindrop effect on the tail. It came out a little better, but still not as perfect as I had hoped. Even with a few thin coats of some Clear Gloss, it looks just OK. So I then decided to add a chrome/silver leading edge to the tail with some shadow effect and it looked a little better. I also added another thin clear coat to help lock in the silver and shadow.

Here are some pics of the results.

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Old May 19, 2013, 01:16 PM
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On to the next step...... Panel Lines and Rivets!

After watching some videos on how to do this, I gave it a try and it didn't come out too good because of the white fuse. Panel lines are supposed to be black. I also did some practice rivets to get a feel for the technique. I re-sanded the fuse, again, and then decided where the panel lines will go. I airbrushed those areas in black and bought some 1/8 inch pinstripe to use for the mask.

Here's some pics before I apply the pinstripe mask.

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Old May 19, 2013, 03:21 PM
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You're hired! I'd love to see my old Cumic done up in a scheme like that!
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Old May 19, 2013, 03:42 PM
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You're hired! I'd love to see my old Cumic done up in a scheme like that!
Thanks!! I just applied the pinstripe to create the panel lines over the black. I used 1/8 inch wide pinstripe from the auto parts store. I would have much preferred 1/16 inch, but I will have to make do with what I can find locally. The cheap pinstripe also didn't have an absolutely perfect edge but it will be close enough.

Now I have to decide what color to paint the fuse. I already have some chrome enamel but I also have some pearl blue acrylic that would also look really nice for the panel colors.

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Old May 19, 2013, 05:28 PM
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I decided to paint the fuse silver, since I am going for that metal panel look. I also used some 220 grit sandpaper when I re-sanded the fuse and now the small grooves made by the sandpaper makes the silver panel really stand out.

Now to let everything dry for a day or two and then give it a thin coat of clear gloss to help keep any smudges to a minimum as I handle the fuse to finish the painting.

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Old May 20, 2013, 05:08 PM
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Ahhhh!!!!!! The old Jouster lives!
Is that the Jouster I built from Harley's plans? If so I'm happy to see that it's still around.
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Old May 20, 2013, 05:56 PM
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Yup! That's the one!! The fuse is getting the new paint job, some new servos and an LiFe battery with regulator. I'm also redoing the rudder and elevator with some lighter covering. I'll then focus my attention on the wing and install some smaller servos and new covering. I also have to straighten out the warps in the flaps and ailerons. If all goes well, she'll be back in the air by fall.

I'm really tempted to put our names under the canopy, starting with yours. I have forgetting who had it after you. I think it was Eric ???? and then me.

I just gave her a light coat of clear gloss to help keep the paint from smudging while I finish the painting.

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Old May 22, 2013, 07:05 PM
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Made some more progress yesterday and today. I airbrushed the rivets using the template I made and then went over the masking tape edges to highlight the panels a bit.

I'm not perfectly happy with the way the rivets are turning out. I will need to make a new template after this project to better apply the rivets. I'm also thinking of adding a bit of highlight to each rivet to help it stand out a bit more and to help clean it up. I haven't decided how best to do this, yet.

More to come....

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Old May 23, 2013, 08:56 PM
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After looking at a ton of pics of real/airbrushed/Photoshopped rivets, I saw that I needed a touch of some white highlight. So back to the workbench to touch-up the rivets.

It came out much better with the white highlight. The next step is to remove the pinstripe to expose the panel lines. I am thinking of adding a few decals first. I have to find some thin decal sheet that I can use in the inkjet printer. Maybe some "No Step" decals here and there.

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