More Lightning continued...
After the water color light tan wash I applied a coat of varnish for protection. This darkened the colors. Here you can see that the blu-tac has done its job of a semi hard line between the grey and olive drab. Also you will see the difference of the front landing gear of the Lightnings. The oleo arm on this is in the forward position while the other is behind.
The varnish will help with decaling but it surprised me how dark it changed the color.
The interior of the landing gear doors also was dirtied with a dark wash over the zinc chromate.
Yes a clear coat will darken the base color, basically what's happening is that the clear coat is shinny and will reflect a part of the light illuminating your model, the reflected light bounces off and doesn't get to the base color, and because of that, this part of the light rays doesn't lighten the base. (It's a bit more complicated then that but easier to understand)
Thanks Wouter and Steven...yes the basics of science and light refraction. Amazing how light reacts to certain material and surfaces causing the effects we see and not the reaction of the paints as one would percieve. The play of light is used in modulation or forced highlights much in the same way without the use of varnishes I think.
Oh dear...just realised I suddenly stopped this post and left it hanging. Ah...yes now I remember why, my sister had come up from Sydney for a visit for a whole month and I played host and toured the country scouring favorite eating spots as Asians do.
So I'll continue where I left off if you guys are still interested. Will get on to my laptop tonight as all my piccies are jn there.
The matt varnish has brought back the color about halfway and the white spots have disappeared but some have appeared because I didn't wipe my sweat stains away properly so it's not a weathered effect. Some glue has crept under the canopy, nothing I can do about it but to next time be skin-flint with the amount of glue applied.
close ups can really show up all the blemishes and dust.
From this distance the dust and blemishes aren't noticeable.