Wood Parts

My ‘normal’ (as much as that word can be used for me) method for wood is to use Silverwood to gray the wood .. perhaps adding weathered/chipped paint on top using the hairspray technique. I am going to try something different here .. at least a bit so.

Basswood Tests

I chopped up some Basswood strips approximately the same size as that supplied in the kit to do some testing. ‘Normally’ – I just charge full speed ahead without regard to anything like trying it before .. so this is relatively new to me!

I am going to do a little experimenting with coloring the wood to see if I can get something beyond the usual gray or brown.


I am using Rit Dye (Tan), BlackWood and SilverWood from Builders in Scale

  • Rit Dye : This is Rit Liquid Dye, Tan. I used a mix of about 4 parts water to 1 part dye. I say ‘about’ as the ‘measuring’ consisted of a quick and dirty mix. This gives a nice orange look (the bottle says ‘Tan’ but is quite orangy to me). I like a dye as it doesn’t fill the pores like acrylic paint would.
  • BIS SilverWood : From Builders in Scale. This is some great stuff and I use it a lot
  • BIS BlackWood : from Builders in Scale. This is much the same as the SilverWood just quite a bit darker
  • Rit and Silverwood : I just brushed on streaks of the Rit Dye and filled in between with the Silverwood

More Color

Took some of the strips colored earlier and added color

  • Rit Dye w/ Silverwood streaks : Took the piece I had dyed earlier with the diluted Rit Tan and added streaks of Silverwood
  • Silverwood w/ pure Rit streaks : Took the Rit and Silverwood streaked strip from before and added streals of undiluted Rit dye
  • Rit & Silverwood streaks w/ streaks of pure Rit dye

Kit 3D Parts

On page 1 of the instructions, the very next thing you see is “[ ] Paint all 3D details now. Adding weathering can wait until the hoist is assembled.

The first thing I did was clean up the prints .. which took all of 30 seconds perhaps .. a half-dozen swipes with a emery board took care of that.

I had a can of red-oxide primer on hand and used that to prime the parts. In retrospect I should have bit the bullet and made a store run for gray primer as I decided to use a yellow paint and the gray primer would have been better. Still .. I used Testors yellow .. and found that it takes a good 24 hours to dry and even more – you must recoat if necessary within 3 hours or after 48. This paint is fine for model cars but I think in the future I will stick to something like Rust-Oleum which dries much quicker as I have no need to polish the surface as you might do with a model car.

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