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A newbie on 1/72 scale models question on using brush painting

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A newbie on 1/72 scale models question on using brush painting
Posted by Skywalker2453 on Thursday, May 31, 2018 7:30 AM

Hello everybody,

I'm Cenk Ozerdem. I recently started building 1/72 scale aircraft models. I have bought ground crew sets also. I don't have airbrush, I'm brush painting my models. 

I started using Tamiya Acrylic paints, I directly applied on 1/72 figures (pilot & ground crew) and so far it seems ok. However in the forums I always read that Tamiya is for airbrush and Vallejo Model Color is for brush painting. My question is what happens if I directly apply the tamiya paint to the figure? what happens if I don't use primer for the figures. 

When painting the plane I will use primer. Can I use brush to prime the plane? 

For the already painted figues with tamiya, would you recommend to start over? priming and using Vallejo model color?

Thank you for the patience since there are tons of questions. 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, May 31, 2018 9:04 AM

Welcome aboard.

Tamiyacan be brush painted, but over larger areas you can have problems, if you go over an area you have just applied paint to you areas likely to remove as much as you apply. You need to apply one coat then leave to dry. Useing a primer will help it adhere, but you will still have thge same issue. I have switched alomost completly to Vallejo model colour for figures, both 72nd and 35th.

I wopuld not bother repainting the figures, i am guessing you areattching them to a base and won't be handling them. If your useing the soft plastic figures, especially the Airfix type, the paint will flak off over time if handeled, no matter what paint is used.

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:54 AM
Hello and welcome aboard,be sure to explore the other forums besides the Intro forum for your questipns and posts,they will get more attention.

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Posted by checkmateking02 on Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:49 PM

Welcome to the Forums!


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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, May 31, 2018 2:14 PM

Welcome to the forum, but please post questions about painting, in the Painting forum. 

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Posted by Tanker - Builder on Sunday, June 03, 2018 5:33 AM

Skywalker2453 ;

 You need to post this in Aircraft and or Painting  . As to the rest .Many will help including myself . T.B.

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Posted by Toshi on Monday, June 04, 2018 1:34 AM

Welcome to FSM Forums!

Please post your your question(s) in paint section.  Their are many that can help you there.

Your friend, Toshi

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Posted by keavdog on Monday, June 04, 2018 1:47 AM

Agree with the rest regarding the proper forum, but for brush painting - Toshi is your friend.



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Posted by Skywalker2453 on Monday, June 04, 2018 7:29 AM


Welcome to FSM Forums!

Please post your your question(s) in paint section.  Their are many that can help you there.

Your friend, Toshi



Thank you everyone, I posted in "paint" section also. 


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