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Camouflage Netting Project

 

First off, I just want to apologize for the wait in this project. It’s way over due but I finally found time this past weekend to start on this project. It turned out to be a fairly fast Tack Clothproject that can be finished over a weekend.
I was inspired to do this project after reading an article in a model magazine in which a modeler used surgical gauze to make camouflage netting for his German Pillbox.
Instead of running out to the local drug store to buy surgical gauze, I thought I would try using a tack cloth to get the same results and tack clothes are something that most modelers would have laying around anyway. The only problem using a tack cloth is that it’s very sticky and you will have to wash your hands a few times more than usual.

At the end of this tutorial I will provide a parts list with everything I used. Netting

Well, lets get started. First off, I unfolded the tack cloth until you can’t unfold the tack cloth anymore. After unfolding the entire tack cloth. I ended up cutting a 17” x 18” piece for my project, but you can cut any size you want for your project and scale. My netting is for 1/24th scale.

Next I pinned the tack cloth to foam board so when your airbrushing, the air from the airbrush won’t blow the netting around. My next decision was which colors I would be using on my netting. I decided I would use Model Master green as the main color with highlights of red and black.

Badger Paint MixerI got out my Aztek A220 single action airbrush, which makes large project a snap, plus it’s very easy to clean up after using. Just soap and water! I first mixed 75% green to about 25% thinner and mixed the two together using my Badger paint mixer. I did about two heavy passes of green and then I let it dry for a few minutes.Painting Netting
Next came the red and black, which I painted in different patters as shown in the picture and then I let the whole thing dry overnight.

In between painting the color, it’s a good idea to peal away the netting from the foam board to make sure that the paint is not sticking to the backside of the netting. I did this several times during the painting process.

Tissue paper on nettingTo add more detail to the camouflage netting, I decided to add some solid camouflage patterns to make the camouflage netting look more realistic. So what I did was I turned over the netting (Back Side) and tore different lengths, shapes of tissue paper and laid them on the backside of the netting. Tissue paper has two layers, only use one layer at a time. Then dab the colors red and black until the tissue paper absorbs the paint. The idea here is that you still want to see the netting detail on the front side of the netting.

Turn over the netting a few times during this process to the front side making sure that the paint is being absorbs by the tissue paper.

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