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JohnsonEdward

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Hello everyone-I'm looking for advice from the community on techniques to pre/post shade and mottle a SR-71 Blackbird. If the primary color is flat black, how does one go about detailing a subject that has such an already dark overall color? Your advice is greatly appreciated!
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TedUSA

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Bob's video on the Corsair Build shows his weathering and detailing on a dark blue finish. I'm a beginner and have not painted/detailed any darker paint jobs. I've seen other modelers use browns and grey shades [even a very thinned down white] to highlight panel lines and panels on dark colors. On other paint jobs where the base color is dark [black] I have also noted that they add various numbers of drops of white and grey to the paint to "fade" random panels. very subtle and time consuming as you have to start over by clearing out the AB after each shade and then start back with more of the base paint and mask the panels off a few at a time. Of course you can add one, two, three, four drops or more in sequence until you have reached the maximum lightening/fading you desire.I would take an old piece of styrene and paint it the base color, then check my mixes on it, let them dry and check the hue before I shoot the plane.when you are satisfied you overcoat the entire plane in another coat of Matt to "blend" your work. some modelers use pastels to introduce faded panel areas to their darker base colors.Sorry I can't be more specific. hope someone else here with some real experience will pick up the thread and give you some honest help!
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I am a complete newbie getting back into the hobby after a very long absence so take anything I say accordingly.  Ted described exactly what I did on a recent Flat Black build which I call "Back in Black" and can be found here http://genessis-models.websitetoolbox.com/post/testors-f19-stealth-148-back-in-black-7070094?pid=1284224417#post1284224417.

I started with a black primer.  The base coat was a Vallejo Nato Black.  I then highlighted the panels (note that there were no panels on this kit so I had to create them) with thinned Nato Black mixed with a few drops of white.  Then I added some post shading to the lines, vent areas etc using a highly thinned Vallejo black.  If my kit had panel lines, I probably would have masked off a few separate panels and painted them another shade of black or very dark grey. 

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JohnsonEdward

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Thanks, gentlemen. My thoughts exactly. If the principle of pre-shading is to darken areas and recesses, then if the primary paint is flat black, then logically it should be lighten to accommodate the pre-shading effects. Post shading and bleaching when then simply be a lighter shade of the primary coat.
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