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How i decided to paint my model

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  • Member since
    February, 2015
How i decided to paint my model
Posted by Billmc on Friday, January 26, 2018 3:58 PM

So i have a difficult question, one where there may not be a answer!. I would call my self more of a a artist painter, meaning i do not replicate my builds from a actual plane, tank, ship Etc!. There is a number of reasons, but mainly, this is how i enjoy to model.

I get a lot of questions why?, hard suggestive ideas on alternative methods i should peruse!. I am not one to ever tell anyone how to paint/build, and really like everyone to enjoy my builds and leave the judging to competition judges, and there personal judging to them selfs. Is there a good way to reley this with out sounding stand offish?. I do alot of research, applly some, change a lot, but its always mine. I enter my builds for competition, but mainly to share my love of the hobby.

I would love to bridge the gap between my builds and others with difference of oppions.

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Friday, January 26, 2018 4:09 PM

Just tell them they have some valid points (if they do), but you build and paint for your enjoyment, and you're not a dyed in the wool rivet counter.

After all, if it's not fun, why bother?

  • Member since
    March, 2005
  • From: Lancaster, South Carolina
Posted by Devil Dawg on Friday, January 26, 2018 5:39 PM

Ditto Ditto Ditto

Devil Dawg

On The Bench: 1/48th Hasegawa F/A-18F Super Hornet;  1/48th Eduard/Hasegawa Ultimate Sabre with "MiG Mad Marine" markings; Revell Of Germany 1/144 Boeing E-4B Airborne Command Post

Build one at a time? Hah! That'll be the day!!

  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, January 26, 2018 5:55 PM

I like to build my models as realistically as possable. I will spend as much time doing research as i do on the actual build. I get really frustrated at times if i can't find evidance for something or think somthing might be wrong.

But if you want to paint a Panther pink with yellow dots, go ahead. Its your model.

If i offer advice on a point of accuracy, i hope i do so in a polite and not a patronising way. And if the builder says thank you but thats not what i am aiming for, thats fine with me. But there are die hards in both camps who think otehrs should follow there method, and theres nothing you can do about that other than say thank you for your suggestion.

'I am a Norfolk man, and i glory in being so'

On the bench: Dragon 1/72nd Ar 234B-2b

                      Airfix 1/72nd SM.79

  • Member since
    July, 2012
  • From: Douglas AZ
Posted by littletimmy on Friday, January 26, 2018 7:02 PM

I give you some "advice" that model railroader's have known for year's .

There is a prototype for anything !

Build for yourself .... If other's give you "grief", make up a "plausable story".

( It always worked for me . It doesn't alway's work for "police" interrigation's tho... )

 Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage".




  • Member since
    February, 2015
Posted by Billmc on Saturday, January 27, 2018 6:58 PM

Thank you!, model building has really re- open my artistic side, and i love to transfer those visions into my builds, and no poke a dots here lol, there just not looking like there bigger counter parts. I really look forward to sharing my visons with the rest of my club.


  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Saturday, January 27, 2018 7:07 PM

Feel free to share here as well.  We all like to see other folks work.  We can always pick up something from it.

  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Saturday, January 27, 2018 11:12 PM

An artistic license is one of the few that you can grant yourself. It's amazing to me how few people take advantage of that, although I do appreciate the careful research that some enjoy and apply to their work. Each to their own. I hope you enjoy your modelling without feeling any pressure to conform to prevailing schools of thought.


  • Member since
    December, 2002
  • From: Fort Knox
Posted by Rob Gronovius on Sunday, January 28, 2018 10:00 AM

While there are many times I try to replicate the actual vehicle down to the proper markings, there are probably more times I just try to make a generic representation of the tank. For instance, I've built a Tiger tank and added the markings on a tank that should have had zimmerit coating, but didn't want to bother adding it.


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