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Planes and Punting Inactive Member15 Feb 2017 11:33 a.m. PST

My girlfriend picked me up a 1/32 Panzer IV over the christmas break and as I'm painting it I'd like to try to blend the edges of the paint. I'm going for a late war, OD/tan-yellow/brown, color scheme but I feel as if the edges are too hard. I've debated taking a wet brush along the edges to try to re-soften the paint and then take a brush to that to smear them together-but that worries me that the mix will change the colors altogether. Any suggestions or tips?

Mako11 Inactive Member15 Feb 2017 11:54 a.m. PST

If you have an airbrush, and/or a spray can, you can use raised templates to get that effect.

Some use bluetack and cardboard, or other temporary adhesives to raise the material up a bit.

Stipling with a make-up, or other sponge will work too.

Depends upon the paint on the vehicle, if there is some there already, and if the paint you're planning to use has solvents in it.

Stipling with acrylics I would think should be fairly safe, if the previous coat has had time to dry completely, but I don't really know for sure, since I haven't done it myself.

wrgmr115 Feb 2017 1:02 p.m. PST

Use a wash add at least 3/4 water 1/4 paint. Then work your way into the centre adding more paint to mix.

zoneofcontrol Inactive Member15 Feb 2017 4:59 p.m. PST

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T Corret Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

As Mako11 said, one way to try is finding matching acrylic colors for the two base colors and mix them 50/50. Using a fine liner brush, run a thin line of the mix at the paint border. Working quickly, stipple that wet line with a slightly wider clean dry brush,(I use a very small artist flat brush with a tap and turn motion straight down) staying right on that line. At 1/32,you may need more than one try to get a soft border.

uglyfatbloke18 Feb 2017 2:53 p.m. PST

Have you tried a filter? I got some Mig Ammo stuff for 3 tone camo on my wife;s 28mm Hanomags and Panzer IVs, but I've ended up using it on all sorts of things including her Canadian Shermans and my Japanese 20mm tanks and it has improved everything..there again, I am a skill-free zone, so none of it was good in the first place, but for the sake of a couple of quid for a bottle it's maybe worth a try.

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