Thx everyone for your comments. They really motivate me to go on with this build.
For Thomas I put together a little tutorial which I hope will explain how I went about painting the interior. Like the tittle says it was accomplished using the post shading technique.
First I painted the whole thing Tamiya XF-66 (foto 1), then came the panel lines for which I used Tamiya XF-53 (foto 2). It may not be visible in the previous foto's, but the ceiling doesn't have any panel lines cause I made it myself and was to lazy to scribe the panel lines. But spraying some dark lines where they are supposed to be gives the illusion they are there. The last step was lightening the base color with some white and spray a cloudy patern in the middle of the panels to create some depth (foto 3). And viola, a nice shaded interior.
Hope this was helpful.
Burkhard D Eric, that wasn't intended as a criticsm in any way. I am just puzzled that it seems to provide a model a 'more realistic' appearance despite the observation that it is rarely found in reality. As I said, I use the technique myself!
I fully share your view that scale effect is key and maybe looking at very close-up photos shot from a few cm distance doesn't do justice to a paintjob that is supposed to produce scale effect when viewing from a distance of say half a meter away.
Again, no offense intended and thanks for sharing the technique.
5. February 2012, 12:52
Eric Juvyns No problem Burkhard. I wasn't offended but, was surprised as I didn't expect this kind of comment. But as stated, I welcome every comment. Only the answer can vary in tone and content.
For good measure I put in some more foto's to emphasize the size of this model.
5. February 2012, 13:00
Burkhard D My comment was misplaced anyway, as you were talking about how to create the illusion of interior detail with pre/post-shading while I had, for whatever reason, accentuated exterior panel lines in mind. Guess I should have had one more cup of coffee in the morning before posting away. Thanks mate and sorry for the confusion.
please have my sincere thanks for explaining "your" way to me and friends here at ScaleMates! I really appreciate you doing so!
5. February 2012, 16:27
Eric Juvyns My pleasure Thomas.
Don't worry about it Burkhard, we both got carried away I guess.
On to more pleasant things, like building a A400M If only I got some more time to put into this project
6. February 2012, 18:38
Guido Haesevoets Hello Eric, is indeed a nice technique and not only on the inside of airplanes. I've also used it on car interiors, more precisely on seats. I never thought about taking images, but yours eplain/demonstrate it very well. Next time around when I do another set of seats, I'll try and remember to do them.
Thanks for the time and sharing!
6. February 2012, 21:33
MT Hopper I know armour modellers use the technique called colour modulation on the exterior of armoured vehicles to depict the differential in lighting and wear and weathering on the differently angled surfaces. You can see examples on the MIG forum. Has anyone done something like this on aircraft models?
17. February 2012, 17:28
Eric Juvyns Hey MT. I've read about this technique in the new FAQ2 book and asked myself the same question. In my opinion it is only usable on angular surfaces like tanks and armored vehicles and not so much on curved surfaces found on planes. So I will stick to the things I know and do it the old fashioned way.