Vol. 3 Issue 5

May 2011

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HAPPY MAY EVERYONE! In the newsletter this month we have a terrific little article by Rich Divizio about a weathering trick you might find useful. Also, make sure to check out our New Releases for this month too.


The Microscale Family would like to wish all the Moms out there a Happy Mother's Day. It is also the month of Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day, a time to remember those who have given their life in defense of this country and also to make a special effort to recognize the servicemen and servicewomen who protect our freedoms.


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railroadReminder: the April "New Releases" are also available.


May 2011 New Releases

Weathering Tricks of the Trade 

Using Guache/Hairspray/Micro-Sol together to generate realistic weathering techniques 

BY Rich Divizio     

For a very detailed discussion on the usage of gouache(similar to watercolor paints) for weathering models follow this link to Model Trains Weathered Forum.

When weathering with gouache, using hairspray with Micro-Sol will develop an eaten away patchy rust appearance.

When the hair spray dries on the plastic, where gouache weathering has been applied, it's sealed. Now, if you take some Micro-Sol on your other brush, and wipe it on the hair spray dried area, the Micro-Sol eats away at the hair spray with a nice controllable flow, creating some nice patchy spots, as you manipulate the brush around, creating the look you want. Don't limit yourself to just manipulating with the brush, wipe some areas down using a cosmetic sponge and you will get that streaking rust I have right there on the roof.

I must note though, that my base coloring on my cars, is gouache. Gouache has a kind of skin to it when dry, and is much better than using the polly scale paints. Gouache is just easier and nicer to work with when wanting to do effects.  


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The only condition is that you write an article that will be of interest to other Microscale modelers and that you use some Microscale products such as Microscale Solution or Microscale decal set(s).

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2009 Catalog IN THE WORKS

Each month we will be letting you know what we're working on for the near future. Please remember to check out this newsletter each month for details of upcoming releases.   
Coming Soon...
ARMN Rebuilt and Contemporary Reefers includes TrinCool
Illinois Terminal 2nd Generation Diesel Stripes
Great Northern Heavyweight Passenger Car Revision     

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