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Caliper Lettering

  • Painting Sunken Lettering
    1. Taking the lettering colour, mix up a small batch so that it is very thin. One drop of colour and 4 or 5 drops of thinner. If using acrylic paint, you might want to thin with 3-4 drops of water and then add one drop of thinner so the water flows nicely. This will result in a wash that will be less likely to harm the surrounding paint.
    2. Now take a fine tipped brush and load it with the thinned paint. Touch the tip into the letter and the paint will flow from the brush into the letter. Use the corner of a paper towel to absorb access wash. Let dry and repeat until you have good coverage and crisp lettering.
  • Painting Raised Lettering
    1. Drybrush the lettering with the appropriate colour. Let dry.
    2. Mix a wash like as for sunken lettering, but in the colour of the surrounding area.
    3. Now take a fine tipped brush and load it with the thinned paint. Touch the tip next to the letter and the paint will flow from the brush around the letter. Use the corner of a paper towel to absorb access wash. Let dry and repeat until you have good crisp lettering.


Drilled Front DiscDisc Holes
Some motorcycles have holes that keeps the surface of the disc clean and dry. A simple but effective why to add realism to the model is to open up the holes with a drill. You will need micro drills, #61-80, for these tiny holes. Simply use the shank of the drills as a gauge to find the right size. As picture shows, the effect is much better than applying a simple black wash.


Disc slotsDisc Slots
Like the holes, the slots are used to keep the disc surface clean and dry. Opening the slots takes considerably more effort than simple holes. You must drill at either end of the slot. And then use a sharp X-Acto knife to remove the material between the holes.

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