How to Turn Plastic into Wood

How to Turn Plastic into Wood

This video shows how to paint a styrene kit so that it looks like realistic wood.  Turning plastic into wood is a key skill in modelling.

The key is not just to paint realistic colours but also to add a little texture to bring out the detail.  Most plastic kits represent wood with flat smooth surfaces which are not very realistic.  It is key to remember the scale you are modelling in and how battered the wood is.  Really distressed wood is clearly seen but most wood just needs a light texture to enable us to bring out the detail.

Also, many kits do not add breaks between wood planks so adding these in can bring a sense of realism.  Wood planks are not 20′ long!

Materials

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The Real World

Sun Bleached Railroad Ties
Sun Bleached Railroad Ties
Heavily Creosoted Transfer Table, Fairborn, Wales
Heavily Creosoted Transfer Table, Fairborn, Wales
Railroad Ties, Portland,Maine
Railroad Ties, Portland,Maine
Bridge Wood, Portland, Maine
Bridge Wood, Portland, Maine
Buildings have Wood too, Portland, Maine
Buildings have Wood too, Portland, Maine

Index

00:08 The Real World
00:23 Method
06:40 Final Result
07:09 Mini Kathys
09:25 Close

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6 thoughts on “How to Turn Plastic into Wood”

  1. Jean-Luc Perrenoud

    Thanks for your video. But please speak slower and clearer. We’re not all English people!

  2. Is the Mig Dark Wash P220 a black or brown wash? I looked around the internet here in the colonies and could not find it available.

    1. Hi Dave

      The Midmg dark wash is a warm black. It is certainly more red than a straight black but any really dark enamel colour could work.

      Hope that helps and thanks for the interest.

      Kathy

  3. Hi Kathy. Thanks for another great video. Do you have any plans to make a tutorial for producing silver/grey weathered wood effects?

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