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Tinting a canopy

Started by comrade harps, December 28, 2010, 04:41:14 AM

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comrade harps

I'm whiffing up a Lockheed S-3 Viking and nearing the canopy stage, which I'm currently dreading because I've got no idea on how to tint the clear bits, which a Vikings kinda needs. I don't have an airbrush, so something that can be done by hand, dark but see-through.

Any suggestions welcome, please.


future/kleer with a drop or two of food colouring in it might be worth a try,................seen it done to the 'glass' on 1/24 cars
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CH go get some india ink and add it to your kleer or future . You can brush it right on and it self levels. Or just dip your parts and let drip dry. :thumbsup:
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I've dipped my canopies in a combination of Tamiya's "Smoke" and Future for a good, dark effect, too.

I just used a small bit of double-sided tape attached to the short end of an "L" shaped strip of cardstock and dipped 'er in.  At the other end, I had the cardstock pre-folded to make a sort of upside-down "J" that I used to hang the strip from my worklamp's arm.
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I believe Tamiya's 'Smoke' glass tinting paint for cars is available in a rattle can, you could try that. I'm sure there are other window tinting pints available for use on model cars - why not have a scrounge around some model car forums and sites?
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Along the same lines, how about getting the gold tint for a Prowler's canopy?  They have gold worked into the glass in order to shield the crew from the radiation of all of the ECM equipment.  Would Future and a few drops of Testor's gold do it?  :blink:
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Quotehow about getting the gold tint for a Prowler's canopy?

Try Future and yellow food coloring!

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comrade harps

Thanks guys. Actually, quite like the gold tinting idea.

Ta, I'll experiment a bit and give it a go.

The Viking's nearing completion and just needs the ordance, canopy and decalling.


Quote from: FAR148 on December 28, 2010, 06:22:18 PM
Quotehow about getting the gold tint for a Prowler's canopy?

Try Future and yellow food coloring!

Steven L   :thumbsup:

Yup, that's the way to go
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i used a mix of tamiya orange and yellow on my TSR2 ( http://www.whatifmodelers.com/index.php/topic,28276.0.html) and it doesnt look too bad.  do it by leaving the  canopy on the sprue paint then remove and add the frames carefuly.
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A modeller years ago showed me the lovely 1/72 Wasp helicopter he had build with dark green roof panels. When he said they should have been clear green I then asked him why not use Tamiya Clear Green. To which he replied.... I didn't think of that. Perhaps a similar answer is required here?

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