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tamya paints help,please

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  • Member since
    November 2005
tamya paints help,please
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 5:29 PM
im going to the local hobbyshop to pic me up a good selection of tamya acrylic paints im into building armor alot,could someone maybe give me a hint on a few good base colors and como colors to get,thank you.
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 8:22 PM
Just buy a Tamiya armor kit and see what color it requires, you can get this from the instruction booklet. These are some colors you'll sure need for modeling:

Aluminum plate
Chrome silver
Flat Earth
Olive Drab
Semi gloss black
Flat black
  • Member since
    January 2003
Posted by shermanfreak on Wednesday, July 30, 2003 8:35 PM
Here are the basic Tamiya colours for working with armoured vehicles
X10 - Gun Metal
XF 1 - Flat Black
XF 2 - Flat White
XF10 - Flat Brown
XF16 - Flat Aluminum
XF49 - Khaki
XF51 - Khaki Drab
XF52 - Flat Earth
XF56 - Metallic Gray
XF57 - Buff
XF58 - Olive Green
XF59 - Desert Yellow
XF60 - Dark Yellow
XF61 - Dark Green
XF62 - Olive Drab
XF63 - German Gray
XF64 - Red Brown

That should take care of your armour needs ... at least as far as Tamiya colours go.
Happy Modelling and God Bless Robert
  • Member since
    July 2003
  • From: Philippines
Posted by Dwight Ta-ala on Friday, August 1, 2003 7:32 PM
I, agree with hou_ge2000, before buying the paints check the kit instructions. This is to avoid having to buy paints that you may not need at the moment.

The list provided by shermanfreak is a good guide too.

I am still a beginner in the hobby but I have been into painting for a long time (watercolor, oil, acrylics, pastels, etc.) and these are some tips that I can share based on my experience:

1.) Buy enamel paints for metallic colors (gun metal, chrome silver, flat aluminum, metallic grey, etc.) These colors are often used for minor details only and they always last more than one kit. Acrylic Paints tend to solidfy and become hard over time making them difficult to apply in thin layers with good color quality. Enamels are easily thinned while retaining their color.
2.) If you need only a small amount of some colors for minor details, try mixing your own. This could probably save you a lot of money.
3.) For large areas, use acrylics. For almost the same price, acrylics come in a larger bottle than enamels. Acrylics when applied properly also dry up faster than most enamels.

Happy painting!


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