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Working on a Hasegawa P-40E and Tamiya ME109-E3 paints...

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  • From: West Palm Beach, Florida
Working on a Hasegawa P-40E and Tamiya ME109-E3 paints...
Posted by mic53mlb on Friday, September 3, 2021 4:26 PM

Hey guys,

      I'm getting back into the hobby and have a lot of Testors Model Master paints in great condition. They were really great and correct with FS colors and international colors back in the day, the suff I have for the 109 is fine if not perfect. The OD for the P-40E (I'm planning to build) I feel is too light. I'm shouting out here as I respect this community and their experience (ie. Lawdog, stickpusher, etc... I could go on and on). I purchsed a Badger single action new years ago and a double action "no name", never used either. What do you guys think ? 

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, September 3, 2021 4:47 PM
I think your asking about the OD shade, well OD is one of those colors like Dunkelgelb or 4BO,there are just so many many variations due to weathering,field conditions,how it was applied,so just pick one that looks good to the eye and go with it.

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  • From: Katy, TX
Posted by Aggieman on Saturday, September 4, 2021 8:45 AM

Agree with Tojo regarding the OD paint.  As for the airbrushes, I started out years ago with a cheap single action Testors A/B just to get some experience using one.  Once I had a few models under my belt using that thing, I graduated up to a double action unit.  But as with all things that you want to excel at, practice practice practice.  If you have a "beater" kit, keep it handy to practice painting techniques.

That 109 typically will feature some form of what we call "mottling" - those are the little splotches of paint the Germans applied to the fuselage and rudder areas on many of their aircraft.  This can be a difficult technique to master.  If you get too close, your splotches are going to look spider-like; too far, not sure what that looks like but it won't be right.

Here are a couple of my earlier attempts at mottling:

 

Monogram Me109G, built in 1997.

Monogram Pro-Modeler Me410B Hornisse, built in about the year 2000.

Here is one where I have built a little more control over the A/B:

Monogram Bf110G-2, built in 2001.

And here is another Bf110 in 1/72 that I did in 2018:

Monogram Bf110E.

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  • From: West Palm Beach, Florida
Posted by mic53mlb on Tuesday, September 7, 2021 7:47 PM

Thanks guys for the advice and sharing ! Yeah, I've always liked Model Master paints and their finishes but I counted three bottles in excellent condition and they look off like a medium to light gray. I'm probably going to go with Tamiya but might try Vallejo or AK although never tried either but heard good things here.

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  • From: Naples, FL
Posted by tempestjohnny on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 3:49 AM

mic53mlb

Thanks guys for the advice and sharing ! Yeah, I've always liked Model Master paints and their finishes but I counted three bottles in excellent condition and they look off like a medium to light gray. I'm probably going to go with Tamiya but might try Vallejo or AK although never tried either but heard good things here.

 

Vallejo has a steep learning curve. I use Tamiya easy to mix and spray

Gunze Aqueous when I can get it

Gunze Mr. color. Great paint  powerful smell

AK Real colors which is awesome but a little pricey 

 

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