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>> Home > Forum > Building Related > Anchor Chain
Anchor Chain
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cormorant
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 163
25th Jan 2017 18:13  
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I have some yellow metal chain which I plan to use on my Perkasa as anchor chain.
Has anyone any thoughts on how I can colour it to make it realistic?
Thanks
Steve

figtree7nts
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 319
25th Jan 2017 18:45  
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Hi Steve,

In the past I've taken small chain like that and I've put it in a cup of sea water. It all depends how much salt is in the water. keep it in the water about two weeks or even longer. the sea water will oxidize the chain naturely, it just take time.
Or
Next best thing is to paint it, you could probably go to your local hobby shop and buy a weathering kit. which will have rust paint availible in the kit.

Ed


"Fair winds calm Seas"
cormorant
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 163
25th Jan 2017 19:57  
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Hi Ed.
I was thinking of painting it, but how to do it with such small links? My first thought was thinned down acrylic and dipping it several times to try and get and even coat. What do you think?
Steve
PS. How is the tug and did you decide to build the Pilot Boat in the end? This is mine at a recent evening regatta https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pTQgjg8ZuY

Trillium
(Commander)





Forum Posts: 65
25th Jan 2017 20:19  
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You might find this useful, although I haven't tried any of the methods: http://www.wikihow.com/Patina-Brass
I've used the special patina fluid shown here:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/9298547/8-oz-black-patina-chang...

Roy

jarvo
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 443
25th Jan 2017 22:30  
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Another possibility is the stuff the railway guys use, its made by Slaters, they use it for blackening the side rods etc on locos

Mark


Etherow Model Boat Club
figtree7nts
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 319
25th Jan 2017 23:25  
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Steve,

I have in the past painted my chains, using acrylic paint.
I watered down the paint, very thin verscosity. I then dipped the cain just for a few minutes then pulled it out and left it to dry
It did work but I also left 2 meters length of brass chain in sea water and it did oxidize nicely. I guess it all depends on your choise. I've used both techniques, with success mind you.

As for my tug I've almost completed it, I'm waiting on some glue. I ordered from CMB, I should be recieving it in the post by friday. Then I'll be able to glue together my superstructure.
And finish that boat.

I'm also working on my Box Barge. which is completed but not sealed or resined yet.

As for the Pilot Boat it's in the works, Just have to clear it with the wife of course! I really admire yours as you did a great job on it. I show it to the wife a bunch of time, giving her hints that the next project I want....👍

PS. I tried seeing the video but, didn't see which one it was.
I have seen the night time video you made awhile back.


"Fair winds calm Seas"
cormorant
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 163
25th Jan 2017 23:58  
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Thank you everyone for all your tips and help. I'm sure I will get a decent finish.
Sorry Ed, didn't realise you had already seen the night time video. Must try not to show off so much.

Steve

figtree7nts
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 319
26th Jan 2017 01:35  
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Steve,

I would show it off, if I had a Pilot Boat as you do.
It's a well made model, I view the video quite often.
Eventually I'll collect one. 👍
Good luck on the chain, please let me know how you make out.


"Fair winds calm Seas"
Haverlock
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 403
26th Jan 2017 10:59  
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You can use Liver of Sulphur (Hepar Sulphuris). Used to be available at the pharmacy. It will darken/blacken silver, copper and brass.


"that's not a bug its just an undocumented creature."

Sir Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett, OBE (28 April 1948 - 12 March 2015)
cenbeth
(Admiral)





Forum Posts: 166
26th Jan 2017 17:08  
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But apparently it must be fresh; it does not store well.

Dave M
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 1356
28th Jan 2017 09:31  
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I find most of my chain rusts quite well without any help from me.
Just leave in a damp spot and let nature take its course


Live long and prosper

Dave