Re: painting laminated props

Matt Bittner (
Wed, 6 Sep 1995 09:39:16 -0500

On 6 Sep 95 at 14:04, Martin Lawder muttered:

> I find that painting realistic looking laminated props most difficult. I
> usually first paint the prop a light colour, and then paint the darker
> colour (using photo's as refernce for the laminations).
> Have you any tips, ideas on how to simplify this to simplify this
> you carve your own from wooden laminates? Or just build british aircraft
> with the props covered in linen paited grey :-)

That's the way I've been doing it. I airbrush the lighter color -
usually Polly S' Rust - then brush on the darker - Plaka's Brown.
I've found a keen eye, and steady hand definitely help. Pictures are
also very helpful. Then spray it gloss, put on the logo's, spray
gloss again, and you're all set. Also, most props had brass (?)
"bosses" (the metal part to hold the prop to the prop shaft) and can
either be represented by painting the stock prop - if the detail is
there - or adding Fotocut's bosses, sometimes without painting, and
before the final gloss coat.

I too would be interested in hearing how people laminate props,
especially in 1/72nd and 1/48th. Where do you get your wood? What
are the "acceptable" colors? Etc, etc, etc...