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I tried the sponge method as suggested by Ratch previously and it worked fine. As IanA says, practice first til you feel confident and you can get a suprisingly good result very quickly

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Thanks Everyone !

I think ill try the sponge idea , Its a great kit just hopefully do it justice.

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I will also try some of these ideas as i have never done mottling before

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A small ball of soft facial tissue works for mottling too.  Use a thinned colour and dab on gently using an almost dry ball held in tweezers  building up the density as you go.


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Similar to the above suggestion but using an earbud instead. I will be trying an airbrush with a set of photo etched mottle masks on the 109 that I have on the go at the moment.


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There are many, many ways to paint that mottling.  The best approach is to find a bunch of photos of the real thing and copy what you see.  The internet makes research easy and you can find a dozen images if Luftwaffe planes covered in spots using simple Google search.  

The Luftwaffe fighter arm created some wild, wild camo jobs back in the day.  I wouldn't try to copy other models.  I'd start with the real thing and work my way towards something that looks like that.  It's far too easy to just pick up an airbrush, shoot some dots, and let it go.  That's letting the tool decided for you.

Seriously--look at those photos of real aircraft.  They are very, very informative.

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Dec 2012 23:45 pm 
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On the luftwaffe plains, mottle pattern is often used....especialy on the bf-109-e 4...

How does one do such a mottle painting on a model plane?

Is there a special technique or method? do we NEED an airbrush to do it?

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Hi folks,I generally use one of the eye makeup sponges on the sticks in conjunction with near dry paint.


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I'm still working on the inkjet to mottling project. I just got some clear gloss paper from these guys

http://www.decalpaper.com/

and it seems to work. It's been a struggle to find paper that works well. The Testors product is basically junk, as far as I can tell. I've tried every way I can to get it to work and it fails every time. Don't waste money on it.

Here's the latest result with some quick work using Paintshop Pro and my HP inkjet printer.

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I want to show that I am, in fact, using a decal here and not an airbrush!

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Put the decals on some sheet styrene for a quick and dirty test.

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By God, this just might work. I think the first candidate for "the treatment" will be a 1/72 Tamiya FW-190D.

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For different projects in 1/72 and 1/76, I have tried different methods to get a feathered edge effect. I am not a great fan of a cut-off brush. Somehow, the tiny dots from the short hairs stay visible. The technique I prefer is by taking a small brush with synthetic filaments (animal hair is unsuited) and loading it with a small amount of paint. I generally remove most of the paint so it almost turns into drybrushing. A combination of brushing and stippling results in feathered edges. It takes a number of repetitions before the lines (or dots) will actually show sufficiently but that also gives you more control. A layer of flat clear is recommended because the dots or lines will become somewhat shiny from the repetetive brushing and stippling.

Here's how an Sd.KFz.235 turned out with this technique:

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Very effective! :thumb:

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The decal mottling worked pretty well.

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Super results on your mottling experiment Dan, looks great :thumb:

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That looks super Dan. I may try to make Italian 'smoke rings' this way.

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fred wrote:
I may try to make Italian 'smoke rings' this way.

Mike Grant has beaten you to it Fred Link :wink:

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Mike's smoke rings are an inspiration to us all. The beauty of the inkjet printer is that you can do it in the privacy of your own home.

You can also make decals.

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patient dry brushing/ stippling chalk pastels onto a matt surface works for me. Rub the pastel onto some sandpaper first use that as your "palette". :mrgreen:

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I'll post this link again...

http://hsfeatures.com/features04/bv155am_2.htm

This guy is brilliant. An absolute master.

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Seen a YouTube video on mottling, I can't find the link, What was done was a BF-109 was painted as normal with a brush, using enamel paint, Then when the paint was fully dried the area getting mottled was coated in enamel thinners, then small dabs of the mottling colour were applied, The model was left until the thinner had evaporated off and dried
The thinners on the model caused the mottling paint to dilute and spread out, fading at the edges I haven't tried this method yet, but might in the future, to see how well it works


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