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Tim Ballinger29/01/2019 11:24:00
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I’ve been musing how to represent the non slip walkways on a wing that provide non slip pilot access. I felt sure I would find the answer to what other folks use somewhere on the forum but not spotted it yet. I was thinking of using a strip of coarse wet and dry. Not looking for anything fine scale more in the realms of long way standoff scale !

Can anyone give me a better idea?

Tim

Denis Watkins29/01/2019 11:53:08
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Not for the purist Tim, but I used Blackboard Paint on my AT6 Texan I/C model

After a couple of days, this was airbrushed with matt varnish, and worked ok

Stearman6529/01/2019 11:54:08
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Posted by Tim Ballinger on 29/01/2019 11:24:00:

I’ve been musing how to represent the non slip walkways on a wing that provide non slip pilot access. I felt sure I would find the answer to what other folks use somewhere on the forum but not spotted it yet. I was thinking of using a strip of coarse wet and dry. Not looking for anything fine scale more in the realms of long way standoff scale !

Can anyone give me a better idea?

Tim

I've used wet & dry in the past, the grade depended on the scale of the model. My 1/6th scale Pica / Dave Platt Fokke Wolf 190 I used a medium grade, around 400.

Tim Ballinger29/01/2019 12:19:15
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Thanks, As I’m film covering I’ll probably try the wet & dry then. I’m useless with paint !

Thanks

Manish Chandrayan29/01/2019 12:45:34
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I made mine by mixing micro-baloons with flat black paint and brushed it on. Idea was shamelessly borrowed from one of the threads on this forum

Stearman6529/01/2019 13:08:27
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Posted by Tim Ballinger on 29/01/2019 12:19:15:

Thanks, As I’m film covering I’ll probably try the wet & dry then. I’m useless with paint !

Thanks

If you are using IC power I would protect it with a matt varnish, otherwise one drop of fuel will ruin it.

Tim Ballinger29/01/2019 13:11:41
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Thanks for the thought but I’m 100% electric these days.

Tim

Denis Watkins29/01/2019 13:40:22
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Posted by Tim Ballinger on 29/01/2019 12:19:15:

Thanks, As I’m film covering I’ll probably try the wet & dry then. I’m useless with paint !

Thanks

I should have mentioned Tim, the AT6 was covered in Solartex, which has a woven type surface.

Wet and dry is used as a surface in other branches of modelling too

Charles Smitheman29/01/2019 13:46:15
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I used wet and dry for this purpose years ago. It still looks good to me..

Geoff Peacock29/01/2019 16:19:46
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Get a 'taster' pot of matt black emulsion from your local B&Q or similar, paint it on, then varnish over it when it's dry.
Quck, easy and cheap.

PeterF29/01/2019 18:37:49
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Posted by Manish Chandrayan on 29/01/2019 12:45:34:

I made mine by mixing micro-baloons with flat black paint and brushed it on. Idea was shamelessly borrowed from one of the threads on this forum

I used paint with micro balloons for the walkways on my Tiger Moth, see my build, **LINK**

Tim Ballinger29/01/2019 21:37:57
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Peter,

Many thanks for the input. I did follow your Tiger Moth build but I obviously missed that part of the detail . I'm sure many have said your modelling and attention to detail are second to none , I don't think I have the skill or the patience to even come close to those standards.

My walkway will only have to pass muster from a significant distance away rather than close up. That said micro baloons and paint seems achievable and I will give it a try if my first option of a strip of wet & dry does not cut the mustard.

Again, many thanks

Tim

onetenor30/01/2019 04:43:07
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I have seen edging/binder/hemming tape doped or varnished on. Ironed flat first If IRC it has a patterned weave ( Herringbone?) but very thin fabric.

Manish Chandrayan30/01/2019 08:47:04
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Posted by PeterF on 29/01/2019 18:37:49:
Posted by Manish Chandrayan on 29/01/2019 12:45:34:

I made mine by mixing micro-baloons with flat black paint and brushed it on. Idea was shamelessly borrowed from one of the threads on this forum

I used paint with micro balloons for the walkways on my Tiger Moth, see my build, **LINK**

Now everyone knows where I lifted the idea from embarrassed

Paul Blakeborough 131/01/2019 09:53:23
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Depends on the size of model, but an "average" sized scale model walkway looks fine in wet n dry.... on my Waco I edged it with Litho as per the full size... and mucked it up a bit with foot prints....img_2874.jpg

Tim Ballinger31/01/2019 10:00:19
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Thanks Paul, looks like wet & dry gets the vote.

Tim

Manish Chandrayan31/01/2019 10:04:08
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Lovely Waco there Paul and more so because it represents LRDG yes

David P Williams31/01/2019 14:03:20
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The full sized Chipmunk I was modelling had ribbed thin rubber sheet for walkways. I used thin Plasicard and scribed lines into it with the back of a broken scalpel blade, sprayed matt black. I carved a scale 'boot' from foam and used it to stamp muddy footprints along the walkway.

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Tim Ballinger31/01/2019 16:27:44
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Seriously nice model David. As I said my efforts are a long way stand off scale; perhaps next time....

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