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Postby Bilco » Fri Jul 26, 2013 1:55 pm

I bought a couple of Pepper7 plastic jerrycan castings a while ago, and finally got round to thinking about painting them this week. While considering what might be the best colour, I fell to wondering if it would be possible to make them look like translucent plastic with a liquid inside.

The first job was to give them a quick spray with white car undercoat. When that was dry I masked off the upper part with masking tape to give a level line all round. I made up a weak mixture of Tamiya Desert Yellow and painted that onto the lower portion of one can, then added a little Humbrol pale green (an ancient acrylic I found in the back of the garage) to give a different effect and painted that on the other. When that was dry I removed the masking tape and painted a very thin mix of white to the rounded edges, hoping to show the varying thickness of the plastic. Finally, I gave the cans a coat of Silkcote varnish, hoping to impart a plasticcy sheen to them. This is the result ...


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A cruel close-up - but does it convey the impression I'm after?

If I wanted to be clever - and I have more of the castings - I could make the liquid level slope and have the cans tilted, but this'll do me for now.
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Postby demaine22 » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:00 pm

8) I think I can safely say Bill that those look great! I may get a couple of castings from Steve when I next see him and give it a shot!
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Fri Jul 26, 2013 2:46 pm

Very convincing Bill. 8)
Of course, Rivet Counters will want you to pour out the liquid :!: :twisted: :lol:
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Postby Heywood Fan » Fri Jul 26, 2013 8:44 pm

Thats inspired, brilliant! I also think I'd like to give that idea a shot ;)
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Postby Glen A » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:46 pm

Looks great Bill 8)
When I first looked at them, I did think there was liquid in them!

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Postby Willow Creek Traction » Sat Jul 27, 2013 4:15 am

that works: will have to make a note of it. and share this page with some model RR club friends.
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Postby Booga » Sat Jul 27, 2013 5:45 pm

A very good result, Bill. The "green" one reminds me of an old can of water with algae in it.
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Postby Mark Goodwin » Sat Jul 27, 2013 10:02 pm

Bill,

These look just like the real thing and convey the illusion of translucency very well. It is difficult to believe that they are solid resin castings - a simple but very effective process. Thank you for sharing it.
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Postby Adrian » Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:58 am

G'day Bill
When I first looked at the photos I, also, thought that they contained real liquid.
Really very impressive :!:

Now you just need to paint the 'liquid' on an angle, 'remove' the lid, add a stream of liquid (fibre optics ?) and have one of your characters 'pouring' the liquid into another receptacle.
That would look really impressive.

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Postby DCRfan » Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:50 am

But the can't slosh around when the wagon is moving :cry:

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Postby Colin Peake » Sun Jul 28, 2013 7:12 pm

Very, very convincing, I wonder if that might work in 7mm scale...?

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Postby Bilco » Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:00 pm

Many thanks for all the very kind comments chaps - and all the ideas for further development! They will have to wait a while, though - I'm trying to get Wood Bros ready for Pewsey.

As part of the sprucing up of Wood Bros I'm adding the odd little touches to the locos, and one of the plastic jerry cans has found its way onto Diema-like ...


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Only another 8 locos to do .... :shock:
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Postby RoGNer » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:19 am

:shock: wow - i too thought it was real liquid inside them - excellent idea!

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