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Paint instructions for different makers

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  • Member since
    January 2017
Paint instructions for different makers
Posted by Maverickftr on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:39 AM

Hello all,

This is my first post in the community. I have been an on-and-off modeller since I was a kid, and now that im 32 im starting to get really into it. I have built many revell kits throughout the last 2 years ( 1/72 B-17, 1/700 uss arizona, 1/700 uss missouri, 1/48 B-25 mitchell, and so on) and I just bought my first trumpeter kit, the 1/350 uss hornet. I was looking at the instructions and noticed that the paint guide is just an overall picture of the completed ship with arrows depicting external paint. on a few of the instructions shets there are instructions on specific parts telling me what to paint them. Call this a novice question but, while building my revell kits, each part in the instructions told me what color to paint, ...why doesn't trumpeter do the same. I understand that research needs to be done for accuracy, and most of the ship will be done in haze grey, but there are alot of intricate parts with no instruction on what to paint them. Is there a reason behind this? Revell makes some ok smaller models but im trying to get into a bigger scale now and it seems that revell is not the company for larger scale models. I built revell's 1/72 gato class submarine, which was a good build, but that is as far as they go for larger scale models. Follow up question: 1. What does the advanced modeller do in this case? I have looked up pictures of the USS Hornet but they are black and white and far away. where can I go to find what color some of the smaller details are?. And 2. Who makes quality large scale models with more detailed paint instruction? I have looked at tamiya instructions and they look the same. They will show you the color of a few specific paieces but not nearly all of them. Thank you in advance for any information.


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    November 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:10 AM

I will say, I like those mfgs that give you more detailed painting instructions.  However, as pointed out in reply to your post in the General Announcements section, many of the detailed paint instructions are wrong, so it is always a good idea to check them out with research.  It is a matter of how detailed and accurate you wish to build a given kit.

I sometimes believe many manufacturers believe that few builders paint their models anyway, so that efforts to research the colors is a waste of resources. Not all kit mfgrs really know their customers that well.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by Maverickftr on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 11:48 AM

very true, thank you


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