From: PDX (and now) London, UK
On the subject of plastic models. I have several Japanese 1/700 CVs. For those in the group that have done this in the past, how do you represent the wooden decks? I have found just painting them a single color with a darker wash brings out the individual wood details, but it is still just one color. I know those decks had a variable wood color and had marks from engines warming up, tire marks, etc. I have thought about some colored pencils, but that is going to take a bit, so if anyone has invented the wheel already, I am ready to listen!
I have been getting back into building 1/700 scale. While looking for photo etch, (which I've never done and scares me paralyzed just thinking of all of the tiny things I can break in two) and I noticed somewhere a stencil for the paint job of an IJN flight deck. All of the cool white arrows and other stuff. I think you'd have to do the weathering on your own. Tamiya makes some kits for weathering, but I think thin glazes of various darks should do it. There are some great paints like 'gun metal' that really get that slightly oily dark look.
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