Ideas for non skid

I’ve seen 1:1 scale photos that show nonskid looking like fine crushed stone.
What might work on my 1:16 M1A2 Abrams? Salt? Silt from my river?

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This is the stuff I use.

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My preferred method of applying anti-slip coating. You can get more coarse sprays as well for larger scale and rougher coatings.

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We have a river running along the west side of our property… Ah Hah! Dug, dried, and filtered silt.

Perfect sizing. Seems to take well to the well-thinned Elmer’s Glue. Ditto with Vallejo primer.

It’ll look much better than the molded in “non slip” finish.

Pix to come when it’s actually on the tank.

Cheers
Steve

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I used the terra cotta crust pot technic once and will use that for the next 1/35 build if needed its cheap and very realistic. 1/16 would be a bit more texture, i guess it will work also

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As I alluded to above, they also make a heavier “stone” texture spray that may be better for 1/16.

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re Rust-oleum “stone” Sounds good but without endless hours of masking, it’s not gonna work for me.

I like the idea of painting thinned out glue. Keeping the gravel where it belongs and being easy to target those areas.

Thanks for your suggestion.

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The masking actually doesn’t take that long. To each their own though.

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You’re spot on. I’ve posted photos in the past where the texture varies greatly. On the SAME vehicle. Not only that, but there are areas on M1A2’s where there appears to be a base of wavy lined resin like material scraped onto the vehicle before the texture is applied. It’s also very apparent on the M1117, so much so that Trumpeter added it their original molds after I pointed it out. Well, that and the fictitious undercarriage they were going to use.
Also on the M992A2 I posted photos of several months ago. (It seems every time this subject comes up I post similar photos, but I will refrain today as I sans computer this morning.)
Two methods I’ve used for this are thinned putty, and thickened white glue. Just let it sit out for a bit before working it. Then add grit of choice.

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Sand paper is no option?

It’s been done.

I forgot to add the photos. The M109A5 I chiefed had panels of no slip texture added to the hull. I replicated it with wet/dry sand paper.
This is from about 1999:

This M109A6 is based off of photos I took at Ft. Hood. The build is circa 2001. The again, they used panels is no slip material, It even had cut outs for the tie down points. I used Testors sanding films for this one. The texture is barely noticeable but at that scale that’s about all you’d see.

Rust-oleum Terra Cotta has been my go-to product for 1/35 non-slip surfaces. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be in their current product line.

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