How to paint wooden propeller with oil paints – The Great War
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How to paint wooden propeller with oil paints – The Great War


Hello, everyone and welcome to the first part of my new video series focused on the Great War. In this tutorial I am going to show you how to paint wooden propeller with oil paints. In the end, the propeller should look like this. I have chosen two different propellers for this video. One is with two blades and the second one is with four blades. Both are in 1/48 scale. Actually, the scale does not matter much. You can use the same technique if you have a model in 1/32 or 1/72. Ok then. Now we can start. First I must fix all the imperfections such as mold lines and holes like this one. I glue a toothpick into the propeller for better manipulation with it. If you are not sure if you have cleaned all the imperfections, I recommend spraying the propeller with one layer of primer. Now it is much easier to see all remaining imperfections. So now is the propeller prepared to be painted. If you do not have an airbrush, you can simply paint the base color with an ordinary paint brush. How to choose the correct base color for the wood? As you can see on real planes each propeller has a various shape, and it also has different color shades. It is relatively simple. If you imitate light wood, then your base coat should be white. If you imitate dark wood, then you can use some kind of light shade of brown color. Ok, I think that it is not clear enough. I prepared a small example for you. Here I have a few shades of oil paints and several bases in different colors. Oil paints are partially transparent so it is important to choose the right color for the base. As you can see, the best option is to choose lighter shades because if your base is dark, Because if your base is dark when oil paints will be very dark too however I recommend trying some mock tests before you start painting your model so So now enough of theory and let’s paint something. I show you how to paint light wood. I use yellow ocher and small pointed brush. I paint wooden texture with a darker shade of ocher. I just mix a little of brown to yellow ocher. If you think that result is nice you must let it dry for one or two days and then fix the paint with transparent clear varnish. This is how the single-colored propeller looks like. Anyway, you probably need something like this. I show you a few mistakes which I saw on some models. The first mistake is painting dark wood straight lines. It doesn’t look bad, but from the side view, you can see that wood is bent and this is not correct. The second mistake is to paint dark wood slantwise and with a wrong direction. You can make this error when you paint the second side of blades. So how to paint it correctly? You must simply paint the shape in the right direction and check it from the sides of the propeller. However, you achieve the best results if you have a photo of the original propeller and you paint it according to it. As I said, oils dry from one to two days in thin layers, and therefore I can adjust the shapes as needed. As you can see, the lines are pretty straight but don’t forget that I need to improve the thickness of each line. I use enamel thinner for this purpose, and ultra finish pointed brush. That was a testing propeller, so now let’s paint the real one. And the propeller is finished. Now I let it dry for one or two days, and then I apply several layers of clear varnish again. As I said at the beginning, I wanted to paint a four-bladed propeller as well. I It’s a little bit harder than a two-bladed one, and I painted it with darker shades for a change. The first layer of oil paints is mixed with brown and red. This time, I don’t fix this layer with clear varnish. However, it depends on you. If you start painting dark wood immediately, you will save two days of drying. It is quite funny to paint wood texture on each blade of the propeller because they must be same. Therefore I like oil paints because you can simply change or modify the shapes as you want. It is also possible to completely clean the oil paints with enamel thinner and start again. When the work is done, I let it dry for two days as you already know and then I fix it with one layer of clear varnish. Now it only remains to paint some details and apply water-slide decals. Of course, only if they are included in the kit since some propellers don’t need them. In the end, you can coat the propeller with one or two layers of transparent clear varnish. As I am thinking about it, this technique requires a lot of varnishes. 😀 And here you can see both propellers. Although this technique is not difficult, it requires some practice. And it is definitely worth it to put this on the world war one model plane. Thanks for watching and see you next time when I will continue with the second part of my video series. It will be again about painting wood texture

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95 thoughts on “How to paint wooden propeller with oil paints – The Great War

  1. i m thinking you are not a master model maker .i think you are a MAGICIAN
    ladies and gentlemen please watch DAVID ''MAGIC HANDS ''DAMEK 🙂

  2. That moment when a modeler is so freaking good that you actually just straight up believe the original shot at the start to be the actual scale model :DD

  3. I was gonna say that wood grain looks huge and unsuitable for a propeller, but then I saw that photo and realized I didn't know enough about propellers 😛 Never knew they made them layered like that, but it makes perfect sense.

  4. I think what would have been a good addition is to talk about the setup for your oil paints. From what I can tell they are not thinned and straight out of the tube?

  5. Wow! This is a great tutorial. I have always been avoiding wooden propellers like the plague. Now I'm inspired to give it a try. I'm looking very much forward to the video in the series. 🙂

  6. How old are you David? I ask because you’re already what I would call a master model maker. Goodness knows how much better you will get as you get older. Beautiful work.👌🏻😎

  7. on my paper Fokker Dr. 1. 1/33 scale i made the propeler exactly how they used to make them in real life… only that i used carboard "planks" that after i sanded to the corect shape i painted it using as guide lines the very faint glue line between the "planks" and it looks verry realistic… the big problem is the sanding to the corect shape …. geat tutorial plasmo, although i only build paper models i enjoy a lot your videos.

  8. Hi David, I want to thank you for all your work as it serves me as inspiration to tackle new challenges, as for this video, after your seen your techniques I feel confident enough to try it myself on my next plane with a wooden propeller. Then again, thank you asked have a good day!

  9. A really interesting video , im just getting back into modelling after a break of around 20 years , aircraft from the 20s and 30s are one of my interests , so watching the video was very informative .

  10. Hi, thanks for the tutorial, always a great joy to watch. I have a question about the Mr Color GX100 Super Clear III and its combination with the Mr Color Levelling thinner. Can you please indicate the thinning ratio you use and at what psi you set your airbrush? Thanks.

  11. PLASMO, could you please make a tutorial on how to use an airbrush correctly, and also how to clean them.
    I would find it really helpful

  12. I added English and Czech subtitles. Here is English .srt file if you want to add more of languages. https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ao19oQfAAAEZjhm0jnlFtWq1PzrR

  13. Beautiful work!
    I was watching another channel covering a different technique to get a similar effect by using watercolor pencils (scale-a-ton). I was curious, what is your take on this method?

  14. Thanks David for your tutorial, it shows with a bit of patience, time & effort what can be achieved. Looking forward to the next video. All the best.

  15. You can put oil paints to cardboard palette about 10-30 minutes before painting to let linseed oil from paint to soak to the cardboard. Paint will dry a lot quicker and will have more matt finish.

  16. Fantastic work as usual. I haven't made a model in years but im planning a wwI biplane (biplanes were always my favourite) thats been shot up. So the challenge will be realistic bullet holes through the fabric im loving your work man… totally addicted to this channel

  17. Meu Deus cara olha isso é perfeito de mais essa hélice faz a verdadeira parecer de mentira rs legal de mais isso aí cadê os BR huehueheu

  18. Would you put reference marks on each blade to help get everything even? Sure someone like yourself probably doesn't need them but thinking more for someone like myself giving it a go for the first time. Very nice video and work. Just subscribed.

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  23. Dave:

    Thank you so much! I made a LOT of notes on your the WW I instructional videos. This will make a big difference in my models.

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