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Luftwaffe Paint Colours Revisited

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  • Member since
    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Friday, July 5, 2019 4:12 PM


First of all, with the airbrushes, I use Harder and Steinbeck Evolution Silverline. It is their mid range mairbrush and is sturdy, easy to look after with drop in nozzles. they have 0.15, 0.2, 0.4 &0.6 available and you can buy a silverline with 0.2 and 0.4 nozzles in the set.

You need to think about a budget for these purchases and I can recommend some retaillers if you are in the UK.

You will also need a compressor too!

Vallejo Model Air is not available on the Vallejo website to buy, but there are many online retailers that sell the stuff.

Here are my most recent builds from the Zouki-Mura range painted with Vallejo model air, Vallejo Metal Color and AK Xtreme Metal paint ranges and with the 0.4 nozzle.


 Please give me chance to update my notes. I am away playing with my big toys this weekend!


  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Luftwaffebuilder on Friday, July 5, 2019 4:38 PM
Thank you very much for the advice. I'm in the United States I will definitely take a look at some websites for the products you suggested. I will definitely let you know how it goes. Thanks again.
  • Member since
    November 2004
Posted by snapdragonxxx on Saturday, July 6, 2019 3:43 AM

No problem. Glad to be of help.

to get you started, Vallejo have paint sets for the luftwaffe and others which are good starting points to increase your range.

I must point out that Vallejo Metal Color and AK Xtreme Metal don't like being handled or masked so you need to put a clear protective coat over them first.

AK have one for the job and It'is called Gauzy Agent or something like that and will do both paint ranges. Give the stuff a good 24 hours to cure properly to be on the safe side. Never be in a rush when dealing with paints, especially metals.

Take a look at my builds for the Shinden and Ki-45 Nick on here to get a sense of what I get up to And some of my methods.

  • Member since
    November 2003
  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, July 6, 2019 7:13 AM
Amazon has an Iwata NEO gravity feed airbrush for +-$60. Its a great airbrush for the price.


  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Luftwaffebuilder on Saturday, July 6, 2019 12:12 PM

Thank you very much for all the information, it will definitely be put to use.

  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Luftwaffebuilder on Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:08 PM

Once again I would like to thank those who have helped me on this thread. Everything is coming along and I did receive a new model to put together, however on an unrelated topic, this ....




Seems to be missing any of the appropriate swastika insignia that should go on the tail end of the plane. Is it common that's some models omit these insignias, even though they are part of the original plane?  Of course, my question is not for political reasons, it is purely because I want my model to be representative of the original aircraft.


Thank you.



  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:34 PM

Yes, due to laws in Europe, model kits produced there cannot include swastika decals. Some companies get around this by printing the swastikas  sections to be “assembled” to create the marking. Other companies simply forgo the marking completely. Your best bet is to get yourself an aftermarket decal sheet of swastikas to keep on hand for any kits that you buy that do not include them.


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  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:38 PM

Sure. Read the Wiki article about the swastika, it explains pretty well how some countries have laws that prohibit the printing or sale of that. Germany is one example. 

Sometimes you'll get a kit where it's been cut out of the decal sheet, or blacked out on the box with an ink pen. In fact I believe FSM has a policy not to include it on models on the cover of the magazine, no doubt because they sell it in Germany.

That being said, the aftermarket for that reason is full of decal sets of swastikas in every size, color and style. Some of the simpler ones, such as no outline, are also pretty easy to make.

I hope that helps, 



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  • Member since
    July 2019
Posted by Luftwaffebuilder on Thursday, July 11, 2019 4:58 PM
Thank you very much for the info, I will check online for those decal sets. Thank you

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