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Offline The Big Gimper

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Painting Cloth/dope covered wings
« on: February 26, 2012, 08:11:19 AM »

I going to paint via spray paint an aircraft silver to represent bare aluminum.  Should the cloth covered portions be a brighter or duller silver? Also gloss or satin? I do not think matt would be preset as the dope IIRC was a glossy finish.

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Offline jcf

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Re: Painting Cloth/dope covered wings
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2012, 12:30:08 PM »
Generally go brighter, assuming that by 'brighter' you mean a lighter shade of silver, for the fabric covered areas as it provides contrast and simulates the difference between the doped fabric and lacquered/enameled/polished metal areas.

This Fury pic is a classic example:

Coloured dopes are generally glossy to start with, but dull fairly quickly without maintenance, they
would relatively quickly go flat and fade due to weathering in WWI, particularly from ultraviolet effects.
Aluminized dopes are not as glossy due to the high content of aluminum powder acting as a flatting

So with spray paint, brighter and satin for the fabric, glossy for the metal bits.

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