Weath­ered Scale Ac­ces­sories

RC Car Action - - HOW TO -

Pro-line’s back-half cage is set up to hold some scale ac­ces­sories, so I threw some in to make my truck look more au­then­tic. Scale ac­ces­sories, like the ones from Pro-line, look re­al­is­tic, but they look a lit­tle too new out of the box. I took a lit­tle time to weather them to give them that “used” look.

I used sil­ver enamel paint to give the parts a worn look of bare metal show­ing through the paint. Don’t dip your brush in the paint and just slather it on; it takes a lit­tle more work than that to get it right. Af­ter dip­ping the brush into the paint, wipe it off on a pa­per towel un­til most of the paint has come off. Lightly run the brush over your parts, leav­ing just a trace of paint be­hind. On the lift, I fo­cused on the ar­eas that would see wear on a full-size lift, such as the bot­tom and rail. The shovel and pry bar re­ceived some paint on the ends that do all the work. The high-lift jack has a lot of nooks and cran­nies, and that’s per­fect for a black wash, which gives the part some depth to look more re­al­is­tic. You can make a black wash by tak­ing some thin­ner and a small amount of enamel paint (about a 30-to-1 ra­tio will work) and use that as your wash, or you can buy it in some hobby shops. Once you have the black wash, dip a small brush in it, and use your brush to spread it lightly all over the jack. Stop when you’re happy with the look.

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