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Posted by Greg on Saturday, May 18, 2019 9:32 AM

Srpuln10
Vallejo rubs off the model to me.

Srpuln10
I may be doing something wrong with Vallejo

You might be, yes. First thought would be Vallejo needs a good primer underneath, and Vallejo primer does not work. I mean a real primer like Tamiya Surface primer, Badger Stylnylrez, Alclad Surface Primer, etc.

Srpuln10
There's a different color from paint to paint on the two. germa gray is totally different from one another. Way different.

You are right! I can see how one might expect paint colors to match across manufactures, but they don't and probably never will. You might want to lose that expectation right away! Smile

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:56 PM

Then again the dispute on which paint color brand is the most accurate over the others has always been hotly debated.

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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, May 19, 2019 12:58 PM

To reply to the original post- none of the ones I use. My paint jobs all look like crap.

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, May 20, 2019 9:04 AM

For any vehicle that is ordinarily left outdoors (not hangered or garaged), the sun will change the color in a couple of weeks.  So I only worry about color accuracy if I am depicting a new car, or a military subject on the day it is rolled out of factory.

However, since I love to weather, that means I don't ordinarily worry about color accuracy on anything military.  But that may change.  Newer paints on military subjects are becoming much more resistant to UV.

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Monday, May 20, 2019 9:22 AM

Don Stauffer

For any vehicle that is ordinarily left outdoors (not hangered or garaged), the sun will change the color in a couple of weeks.  So I only worry about color accuracy if I am depicting a new car, or a military subject on the day it is rolled out of factory.

However, since I love to weather, that means I don't ordinarily worry about color accuracy on anything military.  But that may change.  Newer paints on military subjects are becoming much more resistant to UV.

 

 

And part of that goes back to knowing about your subject. USAF tactical Aircraft in Europe for the second half of the Cold War spent their time on the ground in hardened aircraft shelters, out of the weather. Conversely, their stateside cousins were in the open on the ramp in various climates.

 

 

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Posted by Reasoned on Monday, May 20, 2019 1:52 PM

As mentioned previously, the answer to this question is very subjective (which is why there are so many different paint manufacturers).  What works well for one person may not for another due to multiple factors.  From one who had used MM enamels since returning to the hobby, they are easy to work with and consistent in performance.  However, the concerns with enamels for indoor applications are well documented and forced me to change my paint preference to acrylic (which has its own set of challenges).

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Posted by SGT_B on Friday, April 10, 2020 12:51 PM
Wow! I haven't heard about Humbrol paints since I was in Europe. That's been quite awhile. There was a time I painted my models with these same paints: Tamiya, Testors, Humbrol. When I was in Europe, I mostly painted with Humbrol paints. It was pretty good for me. Thank you for the reminder, now I will search for Humbrol paints online for purchase along with the other paints companies.
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Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, April 11, 2020 9:53 AM

Crimm

At the moment I have a Badger Renegade Krome, and a Paasche H1017 to use for primers and stuff. People keep mentioning the Eclipse though so if they ever go kaput or I royally screw them up while learning, I guess I know what to get next.

 

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Posted by Jan Davis on Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:25 PM

I’ve recently watched a rather useful and short video about it. They talk in detail about different types of paint for models https://youtu.be/z31AvzpoDZ4
I also can add that I really liked to use acrylic markers. As I am a multimedia artist, I always have A LOT of different supplies at home, so I tested many different mediums on my models. For example, I enjoyed using Artistro markers https://artistro.com/
It’s actually my favourity supplies to work with. They can be used to paint on completely different surfaces. I usually used them for painting on wood and stones.

Hope you'll find good paints to use!

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Posted by cbaltrin on Thursday, April 15, 2021 6:33 PM

I use mostly Tamiya, decanted Tamiya spray paint,  gunze aqueous,  Mr color and polly scale. They all airbrush and brush fine with the right techniques. 

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Posted by Tojo72 on Thursday, April 15, 2021 8:27 PM

I have been using Tamiya and Vallejo Model Color for a long time.

Two newer types have been very good to me have been AK Real Colors,a Lacquer type very similar to Tamiya but with a bigger color range,and Mission Models an acrylic.

 

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Friday, April 16, 2021 8:02 AM

MRP, Tamiya, Alclad, and any Model Master Enamels I need that I can still get my hands on.

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Posted by disastermaster on Sunday, April 18, 2021 3:59 PM

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Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 9:19 AM

I use a number of brands and types, including auto paint and hardware store paint.  I use generic thinner.  I find mixing of brands of same type is generally okay, but it is getting hard these days to figure out which type of paint it is, since some binders can be in different types.  Acrylics now come in both enamels and lacquers, and they don't tell you which they are.  But testing and experimenting usually solves problem.

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