In this small guide, we want to take a look at faded/melted paint effects, that you can recreate without using any oils while you are still in the normal painting stage. I saw this effect on an old german F-104. You can see how the black paint looks like its melted and faded into green and vice versa.
How it works
At this stage your general camouflage pattern will already be finished. The next thing you want to do is using some white acrylic paint. I for once used Mission Models paint and thinned 1 drop of white paint with about 2 drops of water.
Take your brush and apply some of the white paint onto it. Before you start with creating streaks, you want to remove most of the paint on your brush by wiping it on a paper towel (just like you do with dry-brushing). You will be surprised how much white paint will still be on your brush after that, but thats just the right amount for the follwing.
You then start to streak the white paint very lightly onto the desired area. In my case i wanted the green color fade into the black. Dont worry, it will looks messy at this stage and you will probably think, that you just screwed your nice paint job. But now the magic happens.
In order to get rid of the white appearance of the streaks but not the streaks itself, you will have to start blending it in now.
The white color will be easily blended by airbrushing the main green camouflage color right onto the streaks. But since the green color doesnt really do good on covering black areas, the overspray of the green on the black wont be that noticable. This means, only the white streaks will end up being green while black remains black. Of course, doing a little bit of corrections by redoing some of the black areas is recommended.
And there you have that! Thats already it!
You can use this technique on aircraft, tanks or just anything!
While maybe not overly realistic in most situations, its definitely a nice looking effect you are someone like, who prefers to go for a visual appealing look of your aircraft.