Ammonia Paint

I use a type of paint that I’ll call “Ammonia Paint.” I call it that because (to me) it smells like ammonia. Not a strong ammonia smell, but just enough to let you know it’s there–like the horseradish in Horsey Sauce.

Hey, it’s good. The sauce, I mean. I can’t help it if some feeb at Arby’s thought “Horsey Sauce” was a good name for food. “Hey kid! Want some horsey sauce?”

There are many kinds of paint that can be used with a brush to get a reasonably good finish on a plastic model, but I find that the ammonia paint works well and is easy (for me) to get. Tamiya, Gunze, Vallejo–all are good paint but all have “issues.” Revell Aqua Color is kick-ass paint but if you buy it you have to stay in the cult and never, ever leave. You can’t mix Revell with other paint, just like you (probably) can’t mix Vallejo Model Air (c’mon man, you didn’t think I mean Model Color? That shit sucks!) with Revell and so on.

My point (big breath) is that the all-star ammonia paints can be mixed WITH EACH OTHER so if you’re in Vegas and can’t get your usual MM Acryl but CAN get Badger Model Flex you can just press on, mix it up and stir it up and it’s all good.

Oh yeah, I forgot to say what the paints are.

Testor’s Model Master Acryl (and I think the bastards changed the name of this to just “acrylic” or something) is an ammonia paint.

Badger Model Flex is an ammonia paint. The late, great Polly Scale was an ammonia paint.

An airbrush company makes excellent brushing paint.

Xtracrylix. Xtracrylix is an ammonia paint.

Water based. So thin it with WATER.

That’s it. Not counting the de-funct Polly Scale, that’s the fantastic three. Badger Model Flex, MM Acryl (or whatever) and Xtracrylix. You can mix them all with each-other so you can supplement your colors with whatever happens to be the best match and not worry about “compatibility.” You thin it with WATER. Distilled water, if you’re going for some kind of personal best type thing. You stick with these three and you have no hassles, except for the unfortunate “glossy” finish on the Xtracrylix and some of the MM Acryl Luftwaffe colors (which also suffer from expert-itis) but that, my friends, is a story for another day…


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3 thoughts on “Ammonia Paint

  • July 15, 2019 at 8:17 am

    1 out of three available ain’t bad. Right? RIGHT?

    Don’t even get me started on MM RLM 70/71, or ‘RAF Dark Green’. I remember you telling about them some years ago, and me thinking ‘oh, they can’t be that bad surely? (purchase)’. I wonder what they actually matched some of these shades to back in the day, and why somebody there doesn’t say ‘well, you know, everyone seems to say they suck. Maybe we should, uh, reformulate them?’.

    Papa Rustoleom probably wouldn’t give them the cash anyway.

  • July 15, 2019 at 8:19 am

    Forgot to mention. It is now called “Model Master Premium Acrylic Paint”.

    Get it right!

  • July 15, 2019 at 9:37 am

    But what about paragraph 5c? What about 5c??

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