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These Scale Model Masterpieces Detail Parts are composed of UNFINISHED/UNASSEMBLED Natural Labstone castings/parts-Assembly & Finish may be Required. Assembly using most plastic cements and painting may be completed by hand or an air brush. Want to know how to weather your finished model? Scroll down to find out how! The above image and thumbnail at right best describes this item assembled (required) & its design. The above image/thumbnail best describes this item SIZE, QUANTITY, COLOR, if assembled (required) & its design. Got Questions? Always Ask first!

Staining & Weathering Tree Stumps with Doctor Ben's

This month's "Tips & Techniques" Blog article will be a more like “how I do it” than a “How-To-Do-It” and this technique works for all scales—Z to 1:1. And yes, a copy of this "Tips & Techniques" Blog article is included withScale Model Masterpieces Old Tree Stumps sets purchased from ourwww.DEBenLLC.com website and our Ebay Store.

Please note that this is a very abbreviated how-to description and that the "whole technique' is found on our website Blog by clicking on any of the images in this Newsletter.

Doctor Ben’s Industrial Weathering Pigments (IWP) are used to paint and color the tree stumps as well as rock work, scenery stains and washes, weathering and you name it. Just like the Doctor Ben's Weathering Stain which also could be use for this technique, these products are very easy to use (no previous experience necessary) by using any Isopropyl rubbing alcohol (70% works fine) as the wetting agent or to turn the dry pigments

into a highly tinted colored liquid.

There are numerous browns of the Doctor Ben’s Industrial Weathering Pigments to use for the bark. You can pick one that looks best on your layout or mix them up for a more diverse look. Also, you can apply a wash of Aged Driftwood (gray & faded) Rustic Oak (browns & yellows) and Natural Pine (green & mossy) to the colored stumps when you are done for a more faded, natural look.

Begin painting the stumps with a Dark Brown IWP using any sort of a hobby/craft paint or watercolor brush. It is not all that important that you cover every speck of the tan color used to cast the stumps. You should allow the tan to peak through the dark brown especially on the higher, raised surfaces.

Then begin dry-brushing the raised bark surface of each tree stump with Doctor Ben’s Realistic Oak (#1081). This step will NOT turn the dark brown into a lighter oak color. But you will end up with a lighter shade of the dark brown.

For wetter, damp forests, try using the Doctor Ben’s Natural Pine (#1082) either after/before the Realistic Oak or just the Pine all by itself.

It is a good idea to create “highlights” on your tree stumps. The reason for this is to create the illusion that there are lighter areas on the stumps created by the sunlight and as well shadows. This helps increase the realism of the stumps and is not just for stumps either. Highlighting facial features, rock work, protruding details all create the look of depth and thus, increases the realism of the model.

Always remember, if you do not like the way the stumps turn out, just start over. These highly concentrated stains are not thick like hobby paints so the detail is not lose by apply another coat.

For the complete "Tips & Techniques" Blog article, please visit ourwww.DEBenLLC.com website! See you there!

Doctor Ben's Weathering Stain Set #1 including How-To #2 Booklet & #5501 Junk Pile (#1077):

#1097-Aged Driftwood #1081-Realistic Oak #1082-Natural Pine #1083-Hardwood Maple #1084-Nautical Teak #1089-Rustic Barn Red #1087-Knotty Walnut, & #1090 Natural Basswood