eraucubsfan

Iridescent Canopy tint Experiment

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Gents-

 

I was trying to figure out how to tint canopies to give them that iridescent look seen on many modern canopies.  The look is from anti-reflective coating (or at least that's what I read), and I have a similar coating on my glasses.  I wanted something that I could mix with future and other colors and be able to airbrush to build up the layers to get the effect I was looking for.  

 

I looked up acrylic iridescent paint and stumbled across this stuff at Michael's Craft Store.

 

https://www.michaels.com/10222022.html

 

I purchased some with a coupon for less than 3 dollars.  

 

I began mixing with Future to see what I could do with it. 

 

So after 1 layer airbrushed on these canopies this is what I got.  I think I will add more layers to see how well it builds up.  My test canopy is from the Kinetic T-45 kit.  Sorry for the pics, they are taken with my phone. 

 

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I will attempt to mix with other colors, like tamiya smoke, clear colors and food coloring.  I have a E-2 Hawkeye (which is what you see in the pics) that needs to have the side windows with a similar effect.  

 

Curious to hear your thoughts

 

 

 

Edited by eraucubsfan

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I think it looks promising. I wonder whether it can be thinned with Tamiya X-20A and airbrushed onto bare clear plastic. If yes, I would build the layers that way, and once all has cured, I would do a future dip. But yes, it is intriguing especially if it can be reduced and a/b with acrylic thinner, alcohol etc. 

 

Any chance you can give that a try and share the results?

 

I recently bought Alclad iridescent chrome (name not exactly sure) and I plan to use it the way I describe above on an F-18C build.

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I am curious to see how this goes!  I did a similar experiment trying to replicate the iridescent gold tint using nail polish.  You can see my thread here:

 

This was more for the gold/reddish tint on Raptors/Prowlers/ etc, and might not be the look you are going for.  

 

Might give you some more ideas to try as well.  I was pretty pleased with the results I got.

 

Edited by Fighting Eighty-Four

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I could not open the link. May be due to being in Canada. So please can you share the brand name and the name of the item? 

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@Janissary   that's a good idea.  It seems the future layers are a bit too thick.   I'll probably use Isop Alcohol to see, don't want to waste X-20.   I want to use it with Tamiya's smoke gray too

 

@Fighting Eighty-Four I honestly meant to put it in my original post, but your post is what got me thinking about it.  I starting looking for a nail polish that would do it, but that led me to the acrylic stuff. I live in an apartment right now and try not to use anything with any kind of strong order.  I actually am trying to simulate that too, I have an E-2 Hawkeye that i have to do that on.  

 

@stalal Artist's Loft® Iridescent Medium, its available for Michael's craft stores here in the states. Check amazon, they may have it too. 

 

 

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is it just my eyes, but does the canopy look cloudy after applying it?

 

Cheers

Bob

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8 hours ago, eraucubsfan said:

 

@Fighting Eighty-Four I honestly meant to put it in my original post, but your post is what got me thinking about it.  I starting looking for a nail polish that would do it, but that led me to the acrylic stuff. I live in an apartment right now and try not to use anything with any kind of strong order.  I actually am trying to simulate that too, I have an E-2 Hawkeye that i have to do that on.  

 

Ah, that makes sense.  It definitely has a strong odor.

 

I hope this experiment yields a non-smelly alternative.  :-)

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I have seen this used on an other forum but cant remember for the like which one , and out a few layers on, it looks quite stunning

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@louie Hey Bob, that cloudiness is more than likely a combination of the poor photographs, taken with my phone, and I some issues with my airbrush on the first couple of passes.  

 

@Aussie_superbug If you find it let me know,I'm curious to see what they did. 

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I wonder if someone already experimented with Lipgloss?

Lots of iridescent varietes..

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