Thanks so much for the positive comments.
Have had several emails and PMs requesting a step-by step of the FAKELITE treatment I do on the periscope, prism housings so here's a start of the fakelite treatment that I first experimented with on the Panther's prism housings. I was in a hurry to get the Tiger's cupola together so I didn't take the time to document a step by step but here is the loaders periscope. I'll paint and photo the remaining steps in the next few days.
Actual bakelite varies greatly in coloration and color mottling pattern so there is plenty of room for artistic license and more ore less colors depending on what you like. Overall color can vary from lots of red/orange to a very dark brown. I have seen varied coloring even in the same cupola.(granted it was restored).
From my PantherTools used
- Red Primer
- Rust colored paint
- Light Brown colored paint
- Dark Brown colored paint
- Black colored paint
- Fine tipped brush
- Medium sized brush
- Small mixing cup
- Small piece cut from a sponge (I prefer the synthetic, yellow ones used for drywall work that can be purchased at a hardware store for about a dollar.)
I use only flat colors of Model Masters but brand is not important. Use the one you are comfortable with. Step Onepaint the scope housings with your favorite red primer and let dry
These are Mike Stannard's excellent prism housings I'm using as examples.
Will add to this post to complete the remaining steps soon.
"So long as one isn't carrying one's head under one's arm, things aren't too bad." â€“ Erwin Rommel