How To Paint

Let’s look at the three primary pigments. There are “three” primary pigments because color experts are not of this earth. I don’t know what kind of extremely potent hashish these guys are smoking 24/7, but it must be good stuff. Here are some pigments that I would consider to be “primary.” The oddball in this …

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Mixing colors for painting models of military subjects is a dark art–but not too dark. I’m going to present some introductory information here, in the hope that some enterprising model builders may take this information and build on it. Or something. Let’s start with the basics. The colors of World War II subjects can be …

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I’m sure you’ve heard of the Pareto Principle–that eighty percent of your work is associated with twenty percent of your job (that’s one way of applying it). It’s called the “eighty twenty” rule and it pretty-much applied to everything. Eighty percent of your problems come from twenty percent of your customers, eighty percent of your …

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Adding the “spots” to this particular color scheme is a real problem for the model builder–even if you use an airbrush, it’s a problem. You have to mask it (how?) and then spray, or try to fake it without masking and just assume you’ll get by on the universal “airbrushed is OK” rule. On the …

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I explained about Tamiya Flat Base plus Future equals GOOD. Well, today I had to make some more of the stuff because I ran out. I didn’t document (take pictures) of this process at every step. But I covered the basics, I think. Firstly, let me ‘splain something about folks who use a lot of …

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  After five coats of paint, we’re getting close to something that looks good.  I think a sixth coat is required and I’ll add that after this gets a chance to cure for a day. I’d like to point out that the idea that five coats of paint will fill all panel lines and leave …

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