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Battle Damage




Submitted By:

Peter Hitchings


About 6 months ago I built my first battle damaged kit, the U.S.S Excelsior, and it occured to me while I was making decking to go in a large hull breach, that I needed to weather the kit. I looked at getting some special weathering powder, but I didn't fancy the expense, so I decided that I would use my inititave.

I used a very thin wash of matt black Humbrol enamel, and diluted it with white spirit.It should be noted that the wash does have to be thin, other wise you could end up vapourising half of your hull!

I found this to be a really good technique for making a model look really grubby, but for maxium effect, do the thin wash before you put on any decals, other wise you will have very odd looking `clean' areas, that look really naff.

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