That's a hobby sort of posting. I recently bought Uschi van der Rosten's metalic pigments and well, I used to know Alex before he was Uschi you see and this kind of posts can't do him wrong.
So I spent the whole of last week thinking very loudly that plane modeling was the worst hobby on earth. I mean, scribbling the panels back after the Mr Surfacer, building and inserting a Aires cockpit in 1/72...
So what you see is the scratchbuilt underside of a F-8 Crusader wing. First image is after the Alclad work, not tops mainly because the needle is mostly out of service thanks to my usual rough handling of delicate material.
Second pic is me with some oil paints doing some sort of dark shadows -and mixing them with Uschi's metalic pigments (yeah it somehow worked). Then I found out that the pigments themselves were doing some nice shadows (3d pics). I had to take care of the Chrome one which is just too bluish for my tastes (and the current project). I then realized I could mix those pigments with regular AMMO like modeling ones, especially with blacks or greys..
4th picture is me using Uschi's trick, ie buffering the surface with a q-tip and miracle! it worked, you have a real high shine on a very tiny surface which here was the top of my wire layers, what I needed actually. Now for smaller q-tips.
Just fell i was using the stuff at about 20% of its capacities, but it was enjoyable. the real downside I see with this material is that Uschi didn't put out a wider range of colours. I would have loved a copper or gold tint, not to mention a bright silver -even if my buffering the steel pigments coat, I almost got some silver at one point.