Hand drawn airport, Or Foils?

LAXaviation

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What do you guys think is better to build a model airport. Paper foils or a hand painted and hand drawn airport.
Let me know
 

B767Avia

Well-known member
Use thin paint pens and for sure a ruler, run some practice, and you should be good in no time! If done right it tends to look much better than printed paper.
 

redriveraviation

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Staff member
This is an awesome topic. Honestly, drawing them is really nice as you have so much flexibility. However, printing is nice so you can get some extra detail in most cases.
 

Purpleplane

Well-known member
Use thin paint pens and for sure a ruler, run some practice, and you should be good in no time! If done right it tends to look much better than printed paper.
That's definitely good advice. I've found that matte finish photo paper does a much better job if you want it printed.
 

josecolme

Member
I can't decide on either. You can get great detail with either. And honestly, both are a lot of work. One being on the computer designing and the other painting. I recently made a little ramp as a first attempt in this. I painted with my airbrush and used digitally cut masks for stripes. I liked the result but I can only imagine a full sized and detailed airport.
 

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Sithan400

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I can't decide on either. You can get great detail with either. And honestly, both are a lot of work. One being on the computer designing and the other painting. I recently made a little ramp as a first attempt in this. I painted with my airbrush and used digitally cut masks for stripes. I liked the result but I can only imagine a full sized and detailed airport.
Great job! Did the same with different spray paints and a lot of careful masking and some modeling. After the weathering - the results were gratifying and more realistic than a plastic mat. Fitting for the ultra realistic models that they are for.
 

josecolme

Member
Thanks.
Great job! Did the same with different spray paints and a lot of careful masking and some modeling. After the weathering - the results were gratifying and more realistic than a plastic mat. Fitting for the ultra realistic models that they are for.
Thanks. This was a first attempt though. I'd like to work on some weathering on the whole ramp for the next one.
 

Sithan400

Active member
Thanks.

Thanks. This was a first attempt though. I'd like to work on some weathering on the whole ramp for the next one.
The weathering process is where it gets tricky. Depending on the technique you choose and the type of paint used for the base, the process could totally ruin the initial effort. Patience and research are a must. In the end I feel it's the better and more gratifying option and takes away a little of the urge to keep buying models. These lovely birds need a lovely nest too.
 
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