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Colorfin Pan Pastel Weathering Set

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1 3482 Sat November 28, 2015

 

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100% of reviewers None indicated 8.0

 

Description:
Set of weathering pastels
Keywords: Pan Pastels
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Espeefan

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Registered: July 2006
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 2510
Review Date: Sat November 28, 2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 
Pros: Easy to use, lasts a long time
Cons: A little on the expensive side if I have to pick something
I see these guys all over the place at shows and meets offering free weathering clinics. Over the years I've used just about everything to weather my models, chalks, Doc Bragdons, colored pencils, India ink & alcohol, oil paint and mineral spirits, watercolors, the airbrush & paints, you name it. I've found that no one media is a silver bullet. No single method does it all. That being said, this is a nice product. Prices range from $45.00 at train shows to $31.00 or so on Amazon. I have heard that some clinic presenters offer this method as an alternative to airbrush weathering, no painting required. Well the first thing I saw on the online clinics was a recommendation to flat coat the model. So much for no painting required! Sound advice though. You'll need the "tooth" a good flat coat provides for the best performance. The pastels come in the tray shown. The one in the center has a lid, the others are open. you can screw them together making a stack, or leave them in the tray. Some sets are sold with the tray and some are stacked. Mine arrived a little beat up even though Amazon packed it well. You apply the product with soft cosmetic sponges, and you get a small supply with the kit. These are expensive if bought at the hobby shop or art supply store, and very cheap if bought at Sally's Beauty Supply. You can also use those neat little pointed Q tips women apply their eye makeup with. Micro brushes also do the trick very nicely. Gently swab the pastel onto your applicator of choice and apply it to the model. A little goes a good way. Don't dig onto the pan. You'll waste product if you do. The shades can be blended over each other, and sealing them doesn't seem to blast most of the product back off as happens with chalks. You can build up some neat shades, and it will wash off if you don't like your results. One thing it will not do is replace the airbrush. The airbrush will not replace the pastels either. They are simply different methods and should complement each other nicely. I bought a second set of blacks, grays and white to complete the weathering palette. I would recommend this product to other modelers.

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