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  • Member since
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  • From: Arizona
Mission Model Paints
Posted by pilotjohn on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 10:02 PM

I wanted to post this short review of these paints as I was skeptical, but am fast becoming a convert.  I had seen a couple of YouTube videos on these, but I wanted to see what I could do with a specific thing.  For me that is fine lines and mottling.  So here goes.
 
I wanted to test on something that would be quick and easy, so I chose this little Trumpeter King Tiger.  I am not reviewing the kit, just the paint work.  I ordered two colors; the olive green and the red brown to do the camo work.  I also got the thinner and the poly mix additive.
 
After a quick build, I sprayed the whole thing in Stynylrez black primer.  Then I did the whole tank in dunklegelb from Tamiya.  24 hours to dry and it was time first for the olive green.  Then 24 hours later the red brown.  Before the photos, here is my method.  I used the instructions straight from the website; 10 drops of paint, 2 – 3 of thinner and 1 – 2 of the mix additive.  I used 3 thinner and 2 additive.  I poured directly into the airbrush cup and stirred it up with an old Testors plastic brush.  I used the Badger Krome with a .3mm needle and the compressor was set to between 10 and 12 at the gauge.  Here are some photos:
 
 
 
The ruler shows just how small some of these lines were that I got.  this was all freehand and no masking.  Even when doing the wheels.  Here are some things I noticed:
 
1.  Very little overspray.
 
2.  The paint is very forgiving.   When I did get a little splatter, I waited a few seconds and went over it again and it covered it up.
 
3.  Once you get a good "flow" coming out of the brush it sprays really nicely.
 
4.  Both my sessions with the green and red were about 1 hour.  I only used a cotton bud to clean off the tip when it got a bit clogged.  The bud was dry.
 
5.  the paint did tend to separate a little and I kept stirring it about every 10 minutes.
 
6.  I sprayed the cup to just about empty, filled with thinner, waited 15 minutes and then cleaned it out as I usually do with distilled water and my homemade acrylic cleaner.  Cleaned easily and 24 hours later the needle action was smooth with no problems with dried paint.
 
In conclusion, I absolutely recommend this paint for fine detail work.  Did it seem to be a "better" paint than my Vallejo Model Air/Color or Model Master acryl?  I would say it is for doing the fine work.  I have tried with the other acrylics to do that level of freehand work and the paint never seems to give me that sharpness and be that forgiving.  Now will I be counting drops of 10 and 2 and 2 just to spray a large wing; no, I will stick with my normal routine, but for fine work I would say to give this a try.
 
I am not pro, nor do I get anything out of this recommendation but hopefully if there are some others like me who struggled with doing some schemes, this has really made me do some kits I have been afraid to do.
 
John
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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 11:53 PM

Question- is there any particular reason that you waited 24 hours between applying the the olive green and red brown colors? Was it due to circumstances limiting your time at the bench such as work or school, or for another reason?

 

 

Oh yes, what scale is that tank?

 

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  • From: Arizona
Posted by pilotjohn on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:25 AM

Yes, I only have a limited amount of time to work on things.  The scale is 1/72.  The length of the kit from front to back (not counting the barrel) is 4".

John

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:40 AM

Ok, those two tidbits put things into better perspective here. Thank you for answering my questions. This paint line just arrived at a local shop and I am considering adding them to my paint box.

 

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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 10:09 AM

I've been looking into this paint and excited to give it a try. The only problem is there just isn't enough colors, nothing for AC yet. They do have some fantastic US and German armor colors though.

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  • From: Arizona
Posted by pilotjohn on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:13 PM

I had heard from Jon at Mission Models that the Luftwaffe colors will be coming in April:)

John

 

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Posted by pilotjohn on Monday, July 10, 2017 10:47 PM
I wanted to follow up on the new Mission Models acrylic paints.  The new colors came out right around the 4th of July, and I placed an order for the new Luftwaffe colors and some of the primary ones.  I have been a big fan of Vallejo Model Color and Model Air and was anxious to see if my initial happiness with MM would continue.  I had used the Olive Green and the Rotbraun on a Tricolor camo scheme and was very happy with the results.
 
This time I tried the plain white and the Light Ghost Grey colors on a 1/72 F-16 I am working on.  I can say that these two colors covered very well.  I had used the Stynylrez grey primer and the white came across as white, not grey.  The light ghost grey also held its color against that primer.  The fine details on the Tamiya kit were not lost when spraying.
 
As far as the colors themselves go, I cannot talk to whose “shade” of RLM02 is more accurate.  I also cannot say that one paint gives a better overall result when looking at the model sitting on a shelf.  But, there are a couple of reasons that I would recommend you try these paints.
 

1.       They do spray with very little overspray and you can work close without a ton of masking. 

2.       I found that the mixture, or the consistency, of the two (Model Color/Air vs Missions) had me being able to get the same results but with a much lower pressure with the Missions ones.  A mixture that would have me getting good smooth results with Model Color thinned down for say 15 to 18 psi could be had with the same mixture with Missions at 12 and even 10 psi.  Less pressure lets you get closer with finer lines.

3.       Clean up is super easy.  I was able to get a clean brush with just a soaking using Missions thinner for about 10 minutes in the cup followed by some IPA.  No need to disassemble the nozzle and caps or use lacquer thinners.

4.       You can brush paint with these much more easily than with Model Air or Tamiya’s acrylics.

5.       Lastly, and for me the most important, is that once the paint is in the cup and the cup is capped off, I can enjoy the painting without constantly fighting the tip dry.  I sprayed and then picked up another piece and replaced some missing tape and tested a couple of things to see about the color lines, then picked up the brush after a few minutes and just started to spray again.  I only once or twice used a cotton bud to wipe off the needle.  I know that I would never have been able to get that kind of spray time without a lot more cleaning and clearing of the brush with a blast or two with the other acrylics.

 

I have used primarily a Grex .3mm airbrush with the Missions paints.
 
They come in 1oz plastic bottles with a shaker ball in them for mixing.  If the paint sits for a while, you MUST shake it up well.  I have had no problems just shaking by hand.  I have had no problem measuring out my drops with the bottles.  The thinner does give me a bit of a challenge with the measuring as it is of course quite a thin liquid and it can come out in bigger drops.  I have gone to using a pipette for measuring it.  The cost I paid was $5.75 for each bottle and compared to the $2.99 for the 17ml Model Color/Air it is a very comparable price.  I am still experimenting with the “best” mixture ratios but generally speaking this paint gives the same results with a thicker consistency.  The more traditional 2% milk seemed to give me a more translucent finish.  Yes, you do have to mix paint, thinner, and the poly mix additive, so it is more effort up front than just say Tamiya’s dump in and shoot.  I should say that you don’t have to mix, but it seems that this gives the best results as opposed to just spraying it neat.  The folks recommend mixing in a separate cup and then transferring to the airbrush.  I didn’t think I would be able to do all the counting and mixing and transferring without getting frustrated, but the results and the reasons I like it stated above I find it is worth the few extra minutes.  After all, the paint job is the first thing we see.
 
I haven’t done a lot of masking to test the durability, so I cannot comment there, nor have I used their primer.  I still really like Stynylrez from Badger as my primer of choice.
 
Finally, I want to thank John Miller from Model Paint Solutions as he has been very kind to answer all my questions and offer suggestions to help me out.  I am not compensated by anybody in any way, and you may get different results, but I recommend you get a bottle or two and try it out.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.
 
Anything I have said that is different from the manufacturer’s recommendations is of course my own conclusion.

 

John
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  • From: Meridian, ID
Posted by modelcrazy on Monday, July 10, 2017 11:10 PM

I'm budgeting for a few colors. I'm looking forward to giving them a try. Thanks for the update John

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  • From: Albany, New York
Posted by ManCityFan on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 9:17 AM

Thanks for the review.  I was going to put up a post asking if anyone had experience with this brand, and you beat me to it.  Looks like this is a good detail paint, and overall, a good product.  Less tip dry is a bonus, and "forgiving" is a major bonus for folks like me who are still getting the basics down.

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