Introduction: Bullet Effects on Scale Models
And... others :D
Today I'm going to explain you how to make very easy and cool bullet effects on your scale model ;)
On the picture: Stug III ausf G by Tamiya - 1/35 scale
Step 1: Materials
You are going to use very poor materials, let's see what:
1 - Scale model (of course)
2 - Exacto knife with a bit tip (See images for references)
3 - Matt Gun Metal (Any brand will do the trick)
Step 2: !Safety Hazard!
You will work with a sharp knife that will automatically hurt your fingers so BE CAREFUL, use protections and enjoy this Instructable ;)
Step 3: Quick Physics Lesson
You are going to add some machinegun and other low caliber shots on your vehicle therefore be careful to what I'm saying:
Because of the thick armour of tanks (and other armored vehicles) a normal bullet WON'T penetrate the chassis, so don't force through your exacto knife because this will create a non realistic hit.
Take few minutes and visit the fantastic world of "The Internet" to check how thicker is the real armour of your vehicle, you won't regret that ;)
Another important thing: if you are going to place your model in a diorama just check were enemies are: if their minifigures are on the ground you will do some bullet hits at a man-height. Otherwise, if enemies are placed on the top of a building you will need to add bullet hits on the top of your vehicle.
So remember: check and compare the minifigures height with your model.
Step 4: The Trick
Now let's work!
After studying your model and your diorama it's time to get in action:
1 - Choose a place where hit your model and start gently to push and rotate.
2 - After marking a little bit, start to press and rotate harder (not too much, you won't pierce side by side): Now you have your bullet hit!
3 - Now dip your exacto knife's bit in the metallic grey and plant the coloured bit where you have done your bullet hit.
4 - Check if it's how you like it. If not, quickly take a piece of wet cotton and rub it on the model, this will erase the color.
Check on the Internet for realistic bullet hits on armoured vehicle and try to replicate them ;)
Step 5: Done!
If you like your work, let it dry for a few hours!
Just for your delight check out other types of bullet hits on my model ;)
If you liked this instructables, please feel free to comment, I will be glad to answer you as fast as possible ;)