How To Paint

I think that it’s time that I faced up to the fact that this may be the one thing I do really well. Big sigh. Here we have applied a second coat and done the stippling to “feather” the edges of the camouflage. I explain how this works in this blog entry. I have seen …

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I am very close to admitting defeat. No matter how I arrange and re-arrange, there does not appear to be any way to produce a simple “tutorial” on how to paint camouflage. My soldiers, I am truly sorry. Perhaps we will see Jerusalem next year. The problem is that once you know how to do …

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The secret of Brush Cleaning Kung Fu has been passed down by Wu Chi Masters of Ancient China. It was encased in the tanned intestine of a snow leopard and carried by specially trained monkeys to a far off monastery where it has remained for one thousand years. It was never to be revealed to …

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The secret to brush painting has two parts. Part one. Get the right paint. I’ve done some reviews where I’ve tried to point out some good paint. Revell Aqua Color is best, followed by Testors Model Master Acryl, Badger Model Flex, and/or Tamiya or Vallejo Model Air in a pinch. Part two. Good brushes made …

Continue reading Brush Painting 101: Lesson 4

So far, we’ve painted some stripes that resemble invasion stripes using only a brush and some strips of painted decal. Now we’re going to paint a camouflage pattern and then using a stippling technique to give it a “feathered” edge. First, I just paint on some Polly Scale U.S. olive drab and sand and let …

Continue reading Brush Painting 101: Lesson 3

I determined that the stripes needed decals to make them as “clean” as a mask and spray job. So I took a piece of clear decal film and painted it with the Insignia Blue (Vallejo Steel Blue). IMPORTANT: Do not paint the piece of decal material right up to the edge. If paint is taken …

Continue reading Brush Painting 101: Lesson 2

I think there is a need for “more basic” information on using brushes to paint. So I’ll do what I can to provide that. I’ve been pondering the whole “brush painting doesn’t work” meme and trying to figure out how to respond to it–so I’ll do some entries here showing basic techniques and hope it …

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There is nothing quite as arrogant as the accomplished athlete who sneers at the slow-footed fellow who comes in last in the 10K run–“How is it possible to run that slow? I could crawl faster than that.” Yes. We’ve all heard “that guy.” Now, I find myself in the uncomfortable position of being unable to …

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I’m not brush painting the invasion stripes. In fact, I’m omitting them entirely. Some might call this “chickening out” but I prefer to call it finishing the aircraft in the scheme it wore during the majority of its time in service. Yeah, that’s it. I’m basing my decision on various factoids delivered by this article …

Continue reading Big Chicken: P-51B Part 6

I’ve given the model two coats of Vellejo Metal Color (Aluminum). I’m still learning to apply this material with a brush, and because I’m basically inventing all this stuff from scratch, progress can be at what I’d call “a stately pace.” It just amazing stuff. Every time I use it I’m tempted to give up …

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