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Carbon Fibre Effects :

There are a few different ways to get a Carbon Fibre effect on your kits. You can buy vinyl or water slide decals but they can get complicated very quickly. Here I will demonstrate a quick and easy way to paint on Carbon Fibre.

What you need :

  1. Mesh (in this case) or an open weave cloth suitable for masking.
  2. The piece you wish to paint with the effect. In this case it is the torso from the 1/288 Agguguy already base coated with Black.
  3. Silver paint.
  4. Black paint and Clear Colour of your choice (not pictured).
  5. Airbrush (not pictured).

Step 1 :

Firstly, take your piece that you wish to give the carbon fibre look to and give it a layer of silver paint with your air brush, making sure you get a nice even coverage.

Step 2 :

Once the paint has time to dry (if it is a lacquer like I have used here then it will be dry enough for the next step in 15 minutes or so depending on the thickness of the paint and temperature of the room (I had mine in front of the heater to get it to touch dry quicker), take the mesh (or open weave cloth) and hold it against the piece like pictured. It is important to get it as close and still as possible so as to lessen the risk of paint bleeding through under the mask.

Step 3 :

Now lightly air brush on black paint over the top of the mask. Be careful not to spray too much paint as mentioned before, it can bleed underneath and make a mess. If you aren't sure on the amount to spray, just spray several light coats and then remove the mask. If it needs more, just re align the mesh with the paint and spray a few more times.

Once done, remove the mask and you should have something similar to this :

Step 4 :

Go back over the piece with a very light misting of black to blend in the edges of the squares and take away the 'sharpness'.

Step 5 :

This step is optional, but if you wish to go over the piece with a clear colour then now is the time to do this. In this case, I have used Clear Orange.

There you have it, a quick and easy way to get a Carbon Fibre effect on your models. There are many different patterns you can try (this pattern is very square - a diamond pattern would look a lot better) depending on the masking material you use.

Experiment and see what you can come up with.