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Printing Translucent Backdrops




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Si Beech


I botched up a number of models as a kid trying to paint the impulse engines or warp engine lit bits but stumbled upon the idea of printing the translucent bits. Use an ink jet printer and the ink jet transparencies used of overhead projectors. Make sure you get the right kind of transparency paper for your printer. Most office suppliers do them. Use a drawing or painting software to produce blocks of the appropriate colour to the right scale. You can create grades of tone from yellow to red which look great when lit from behind. You then cut out the print and glue it in place on the inside of the model.

I also did the engines for my ERTL Millenium Falson in a similar way. I drew the engine detail on Photoshop, printed it onto the thickest photopaper I could find and glued it onto the back of the model. The ink is tough enough to survive a varnish if you're careful but I suggest using a spray method rather than brushing.

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