These days, we modelers face an embarrassment of riches when it comes to quality metallic finishes. But as good as many of them are, none of them seem up to the challenge of capturing the worn patina found on so many late World War II and Cold War-era bare metal aircraft. I’m not talking about aluminum that’s been battered flat here. The look I’m referring to is still shiny, still reflective, but definitely no longer in pristine condition. Like so…
So I decided to see if I could us the semi-translucent qualities of Alclad Airframe Aluminum and play with the underlying coats to get something that exhibits that sort of worn variation while still being fearsomely shiny.
And I made some videos about it.
Long story short? It works! At the very least, the potential is there! The key seems to be using a very dark gray as a marble coat – whether it goes down over a prior metallic (like Alclad High Speed Silver) or gloss black.
Nothing like actually trying shit to get a sense for it.