Weathering Aircraft Magazine

If you’re familiar with the Weathering Magazine, then you’re probably going to be at home with the Weathering Aircraft Magazine as it’s essentially the same thing, but concentrating on aircraft and topics that are relevant to them. This magazine, as related in the introduction, is dedicated to the step by step painting and weathering of things that fly. The subject of this initial, 68 glossy page issue is panel lines. This can be a bit of a contentious issue as there are many different ways to do them and there are varied opinions on what looks realistic. What the magazine does is gives you examples of a variety of techniques and methods for you to try out and use.  Some you might prefer as they fit in with the way you prefer to work and some might be more suitable to a particular aircraft at hand.

  • The magazine starts with a Mig-29 and goes through the painting and paint fading before moving onto a panel line wash and dealing with decals over panel lines.
  • Next up is a FAA Hellcat using the pre-shading technique. This model then has small chips and scratches added to make the panel lines stand out, before some final oil effects on the panels.
  • The next section deals with how to scribe panel and rivet lines. You’re shown the tools you will need and how to use them, going through a variety of techniques, hints and methods.
  • A T-2 Buckeye is painted and weathered using liquid mask. The aircraft is quite heavily weathered, and all the various techniques are clearly shown.
  • An Fw190A-5 is next with a very neat panel line wash, some decal work and general exterior weathering and aerial.
  • The F-15J paint scheme is the star of this article. One of the images at the bottom of the article shows you a progress shot, but it’s quite the procedure to get it all done.
  • Panel line washes over metallic finishes, both acrylic and enamel, is the subject of next article. It goes step by step through a method to get good results from both.
  • Now we move to a galaxy far, far away with an X-Wing. The paint scheme is weathered and chipped to achieve a well-worn X-Wing.

So, what’s the overall opinion? You get a lot of really good step by step articles on how to finish your aircraft with paint and weathering. Panel lines are covered for each aircraft and there’s also an in-depth article on the topic as well as one on how to make your own panel and rivet lines. The magazine definitely covers the intended topic, panel lines, and also goes beyond that to show you some other techniques as well. If you want to know all that you can do with panel and rivet lines then the information you need is here, as well as a bit more beyond.

I’m looking forward to the next issue of the Weathering Aircraft Magazine, which will cover chipping.

The magazine is available from Ammo’s website.

Paul Tosney – Editor
ModelBuilder International

Paul Tosney

Paul has been with Model Builder International since almost the beginning. He started building models as a boy, and took a hiatus, but started building again a few years ago. He builds pretty much anything, but mostly WW2, with a smattering of modern and the occasional SciFi model.


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