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repainting tired decoy shells

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decided to have a mess about with some old decoys and breath some life into them

went over them with a wire drill bit to get rid of the old flaky bits and rough the shine off a bit then went over them with a few tester pots from the B&Q walls and ceilings durable range

i think they turned out half decent and including the wire drill bit and brush i got the lot for about £10. on the off chance that anyone is intrested colours were

body and head- Monaco blue/grey

wing and tail tips- liberty black

breast-pimlico pink/brown

wings- Cincinnati grey

beak and eyes- gran via yellow

neck and wing bars- brilliant white


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If I were a woodpigeon I'd be proud to have been tricked by such fine decoys! They look seriously good. And if Pimlico Pink wasn't named with woodpigeons in mind it ought to have been. I re did some of mine and used some old Humbrol enamel potlets I'd left over from Airfix model making in the 1970s. But when I did I also often wondered if UV reflective white paint would, if used on the neck area give super pulling power? Has anyone ever tried such paint?

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