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Bravo Two Zero24 Sep 2012 8:56 a.m. PST

Title says it all gentlemen.

I sprayed my 1/48th Hobby Boss KV-2 and it turns out it was a hunter green. must have grabbed the wrong paint from the store.

Now I need to lighten the green. I don't want to spray again as I would make the finish look thick.

So aren't there some light green powders ot there on the market that I can "rub" on to make this beast look somewhat more correct in paint scheme-wise.

wrgmr124 Sep 2012 9:12 a.m. PST

Dry brush on a lighter green.

Warlord24 Sep 2012 9:25 a.m. PST

Hey Bravo:

I have a method on my website.

Have a look here:


I have spray my vehicles with a darker color but for the "bleaching" affect I mix 1:1 Tamiya lighter color/rubbing alcohol and dapple the entire vehicle and because it is alcohol based is dries completely flat (no caking) and you can let dry and repeat this step until you get the effect/color you would like.

You could very LIGHTLY spray a flat white over it also (I have done this also) and when you apply the method above it will lighten up even better, but spray the flat white VERY light.

Hope that helps


Personal logo elsyrsyn Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2012 9:32 a.m. PST

I've also heard of deliberately frosting a coat of dullcote by overspraying with alcohol to give a faded look on model RR rolling stock. I would definitely try it on some scrap material first, though. As for the powders, you could try some chalk pastels from the art/craft store.


Mako1124 Sep 2012 9:32 a.m. PST

I'd go with a sand color, to help lighten the overall color, if you don't use a lighter green.

Dust (sand colored paint), when airbrushed or drybrushed on, significantly lightens the overall color of the models.

Warlord24 Sep 2012 9:35 a.m. PST

The problem with chaulks/dusting is that when you put a dull coat on it – they darken right up.

I will hit mine with a dull coat and then go back over it with the chaulk lightly.


Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member24 Sep 2012 9:46 a.m. PST


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2012 9:48 a.m. PST

Do what the Russians did.
Take it out and leave it in the sun and weather. Throw some dirt on it too. grin
Drive through woods, streams, rain, wind…

That shoudl fade your paint pretty quickly.

Bravo Two Zero24 Sep 2012 9:49 a.m. PST

Sweet. That is what I was wanting to hear. Many ideas. I was going to just hit it with the dull coat to see what happens. I don't want a ton of layers here. I will try the powers for the time beaing. In the day I used The dry artist chaulk on sandpaper and then moved this to the tank for the "rub" I recall applying several times after dull coat.

Memories coming back. Now I don't have to find some excuse to leave work. Thank you all. wrgmr1, Warlord, elsyrsyn, Mako11.

Again I say SWEET!!!~

Warlord24 Sep 2012 9:54 a.m. PST

Glad to help buddy, post some pictures when you get it complete – I am sure it will come out fantastic!


Personal logo Rrobbyrobot Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member24 Sep 2012 10:02 a.m. PST

I'm with Warlord. It'd be cool to have a look see. KV2s are awsome.

Bravo Two Zero24 Sep 2012 12:48 p.m. PST

Once I correct this hideous super-ultra dark green I will get some pics going. I was so super stoked about having the model and having it put together I botched the paint selection. Have a KV1 from Hobby Boss on the way. I love this model.

I would have no issue stipping the model except there are tiny "fiddly" bitz like the MGs bow and rear turret and the hand rails that would not hold up to being stripped.

Warlords article on dappling is the direction I will consider at the moment. To bad work will have me busy for a few days as I want to see this beast finished. Football also got in the way yesterday.

Patriots were robbed by the way.

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP24 Sep 2012 2:47 p.m. PST

I just finished two Hobby Boss KV-1s and a KV-2. After much experimentation I found that Testors Model Master FS 34102 Medium Green is the optimum color. I then ran a wash of water/black ink over the vehicle and let it dry. Then I dry brushed the same FS34102 out of a bottle over the vehicle. They came out looking pretty good with what I feel like is the right shade of Russian green.

Mako1125 Sep 2012 2:18 a.m. PST

If it's too dark after sealing, then add the drybrushed sand/dust color over the sealant, afterwards.

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