I have gone back and forth with airbrushing, but I find I get such a great result with Tamiya sprays, and it's so much easier, that I just stick with that. well can't airbrush in the house in the winter ! LACQUER: Testors Model Master, Tamya. •Enamels tend to brush better than acrylics as they dry slower. Spraypainting with Lacquer is the best as far as I'm concerned. Their Metallics are good too , But , they have only four at my store Gold , Brass , Copper and Aluminum ( or dull silver ? They are not inexpensive, but you will not be disappointed either. I was disturbed by the Testors rack now. So far this method works on large surfaces like a Jeep body or tank hull, but for very detailed small parts my .35 mm needle air brush works better. Guess I'd better get going on practicing with the acrylics. One time I was looking for a buff color, for stacks of old warship. There are many things that an airbrush can do better than a paint brush and vice versa. Less than 1/4 of the rack was enamel, the great majority of the paints were acrylic. Model Master Enamels & Acrylics, Pollyscale, Aeromaster, Tamiya, LifeColor, Humbrol enamels, Akan Acrylics, Gunze/Mr. Using them you can paint a multi-coloured figure with shading, washes and so on in about two hours from start to finish with no odour and the colours go on on top of the other just wonderful. The only thing I don't care about the paints is the bottles, they aren't clear so can't tell really good if the paint is mixed well. not without good reason though, they can look really darn nice. On top of it, the few enamels they did have left were colors for model cars and not much for military. The manufacturer... MyArtscape – Best Value for Money (Best Price). Maybe they should've fed the kids and forgot about cable ? Although this depends on the airbrush model and the paint you use (if the paint is more diluted, you need less pressure, and vice versa). Granted I was looking into the acrylics anyhow but this will be my first crack at them. So for me, it was time to start with acrylics. Welcome to HyperScale's Discussion, Picture Posting & Trading Forums. My experience with Testors has been good so far, but more limited. For the other acrylics I mentioned, which are all water-based, I use a wet palette. However, simple paint chemistry tells us that this is not only undesirable; it is not possible in most repaint applications. It all depends on the area. Not all Hobby Lobby are alike.... Back in June weren’t you guys talking about MM discontinuing a big part of their enamel line,maybe that’s why they dont have as many. I have a basement workshop, so don't need to worry about smell, which does not bother me. I guess by 77 I will be a total acrylics fan , Who Knows ? What are the best metallic paints? I like Vallejo, though it works best over a primer (or other previous paint), and can rub off if handled too much before it fully cures. Bought some Vallejo german colors and looked at the price, HOLY COW! Vallejo , Well the Jury is still out . Okay, I’ll be more specific, but the model is your choice. ENAMEL'S : Testors, Tamya, Citadel, Humbrol,  plus a few that our now out of production, Floquil, Pactra,ect... Brush painting is easy with these.... no complaints' with spraypainting either. They stink a little, I like the smell but some poeple can't stand them. Definitely worth checking out. Tamiya brand , Lousy brushability . Good color selection though . HOWEVER... brush painting large area's can leave brushstroke's. I know my local HL has more Model Master enamel than acrylic in stock. To do … But some appear to add more complexity to the equation than need be, add flow enhancer here, and retarder there. I use Testor enamels in the little square glass bottles; Model Master; Tamiya acrylics; Andrea; Vallejo; and craft store paints, for hand-brushing. It would be nice if the places that sell acrylic paint also sold retarder, but I find the retarder very hard to find locally- sometimes in hobby shop clear across town, sometimes not even there! If you built models as a child, you may have painted your first by hand with a brush — and if you remember what those models looked like, you’ll recall why you switched to spraying paint. Wish I'd never heard the word . $12.99 $ 12. Definitely a semi full line of the small square bottles of enamel paints. 5% coupon applied at checkout Save 5% with coupon. To accomplish a wet coat of primer without runs and loosing detail you need a large volume air brush, or a spray can like Tamiya offers for Fine Surface Primer. Don't you just love it when somebody starts a thread with a wacky question then sits back and laughs or just never checks back whilst we all talk to ourselves? Paint. Our community is FREE to join. OK - thanks for reading, hope it helps, have a nice day. All comments and critique welcomed. I buy them off Ebay and have received them every time). I will say that for acrylics, Humbrol is becoming my go to brand the more that I use them. For this next build, I want to really spend some time on the paint. The term paint thinner includes some really bad synthetic stuff that is junk for thinning enamels. It is up to you to color match. On the other hand, Vallejo makes another “type” of model paint, called Model Air. Years later Polly " S " and Floquil ( I think Floquil was a lacquer). Not so with the Mission Models system. Almost every bottle of Tamiya and Vallejo paints were long since gone, but there were still tons of Model Master paints available. ACRYLIC: Testors, and Vallejo. Works for me for now, until a new kid on the block appears. Their WW2 Japanese stuff seems good, but they don't really have good matches for British or any Navy subjects, IMO. ( Even when I dont ,it's not the paint's fault. ... Everyone is telling me Air brushing is the way I should go, but I like the idea of paint brushing better. Some brush and cover well , most don't . I started with Humbrols and now, after about 30 years of modelling most of my paints are Humbrols. Balance the price with your important needs which most or all should met with the best model airbrush under $200. F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town! This website uses cookies for functionality, analytics and advertising purposes as described in our, PLANE TALKING - HyperScale's Aircraft Scale Model Discussion Forum. I now only use Tamiya enamels (yes, enamels. To participate you must either login or register for an account. Before you choose a new paint brush: If you plan on painting models with a brush, whether it's the whole model, or just for fine detail work, there's a few things you may want to know about paint brushes before you buy them. Worth trying out but thinned with their levelling thinner. There's where I have some issues with Tamiya. This applies to the tins as well as Model master and Testor little bottles and Tamiya .Clean your cap out every use and keep any build - up off the bottle and tin rims . We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. Much easier to control than Testors' rattle cans. ( I only just started using acrylics so I "may need" more practice). One goal in modeling is to give each creation a good finish. They are not bothered by minor surface residue or stuff like that - so can mostly be used without primer, adhesion is good. Tried Michaels house brand acrylics. And you can forget brush painting gloss in any medium, unless you are paining a tiny light (for instance). But as that’s actually a big part of the scale model experience, we’re hoping you’ll bear with us. Then back to those little tins . Vallejo is a great acrylic paint which is very dense in pigments and can be thinned to do a fine job hand brushing. But, I thinned it with stock low percent isopropyl, and it did work fine. Seal them when dry. Technically, an airbrush can paint a spot smaller than a pin head. There are certainly popular favorites! Also, periodically dipping the brush in a container of water helps when brushing acrylics. If you need to paint a rough surface, natural bristle brushes are not recommended. Take this for what it's worth but my local Hobbytown USA is closing and having an "everything must go" clearance sale. I, myself use a wide variety of paint brands. Airbrushing is often preferred by experienced modelers, but if you don't have airbrushing equipment, brush painting can still yield great results. I haven't airbrushed yet but I will be soon. A lot of this is personal preference, but I use Testors Enamel for both airbrushing and hand brushing. They had carried a pretty full line of all the major American and Japanese paint brands. In principle, all metallic paints contain metal “pigments” or flakes of real metal that reflects light. It's best suited for painting small parts, as using brushes on the car body will likely result in unsightly brush marks. if you want to stick to acrylics for metallics black primer is key. Tamiyas - I only use their clears, they are OK. Gunze paints, H series - those are nice. In my studies and day to day practices, I have found the best way to apply paint is by applying with an airless sprayer and “back-brushing.” Back-brushing is the practice of brushing over paint that has been applied with either a roller or sprayer. I also was just in the Mankato Hobby Lobby and noticed the same thing as you Don. 99. said it before and I'll say it again , so jealous of you yank's with your choice of stuff , haven't heard of half the gear you are talking about. Airbrush Paint. But for the best results, you should really use an airbrush. Professional Master Airbrush Multi-Purpose Gravity Feed Airbrushing System Kit - Model G22 Gravity Feed Dual-Action Airbrush with 1/3 oz. I was in Hobby Lobby yesterday trying to buy paints. Downside - their colours all have "fantastic" names, so you have to do all the matching by yourself - that doesn't have to be bad, could get you some extra creativity and help with weathering and blending the figs with the environment. They can be thinned and re-used even if they dry rock-hard in the bottle. Gotta try you know . As you must've gathered I have a lot in the paint stage .Why ? A lot of this is personal preference, but I use Testors Enamel for both airbrushing and hand brushing. Also, I have been using more oils as well - they mix, spread, and you can work with them. They come in tins - and this is a good thing once you learn how to handle them (just store them lid-down!). Ah well, it is a reasonable question, although the premise of “best” is very subjective compared to objective. They don't make it anymore .Thank Goodness I bought every tin I could get as I traveled .Now have over a hundred of that color alone . 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. Fluid Cup and 0.3 mm Tip, Hose, Powerful 1/5hp Air Compressor. Maybe Testors acrylic doesn't hand brush really well on larger areas, but otherwise it's all the same to me. Brush. Maybe something to clean the brushes. I'll be honest, I've really simplified my painting process in the past few months. Over-brushing/rolling will thin out the paint, which puts it at a higher risk for failure. They are good for brush painting (although they used to be better) and for airbrush after thinning. These paints work incredibly well for brush painting. Recently I read an article about the ‘Best’ method for creating a smooth paint finish was starting with a smooth primer coat which makes sense. https://geekandleisure.com/best-paint-for-miniatures-models-buyers-guide-364 Rough surfaces will break the tips off of natural bristle and will ruin the brush. Master Airbrush KIT-SP19-20. It is so much easier simply to paint the tools with a paint brush which with a steady hand will not require any masking. I like Tamiya's spray cans a lot, especially their primers. As far as clean up, I find that if you subscribe to the 3-soaks method or similar, cleaning Model Missions primer and paint out of your airbrush is a breeze. I've seen what the … I know the "old guard" tends to favor enamels and laquers, back in the day they were superior and you folks have been working with them longer than some of us have been alive, so you'll find a lot of love expressed for enamels. But they have a very good adhesion and can be applied very nicely both by brush and by air. Vallejo I just wipe well , and keep the inside of the top clean . There are a variety of how-to books out there that cover the painting and finishing of aircraft models, but one doesn't stand out in particular for me on the techniques that work for me. I think I have read that some are using the Vallejo paints with some success? You’re going to get a lot of different opinions and believe me, there is no wrong or right answer. I have some that's over ten years old and they still open and close fine . I have very good results with these ! I'm a huge fan of the mission models line. For the T-34 I brushed on a camo pattern by hand after everything was built, and it looks a little sloppy. Plus, I find their lids don't get stuck nearly as much as Modelmasters do. I do stick strictly stick to containers labeled either turpentine or mineral spirits. Best Model Miniature Paint Brushes - Small Detail Paint Brush Set - 7 pcs Model Paint Brushes for Miniature Painting, Fine Detailing – Tiny, Mini, Micro Fine Detail Paint brushes kits. Can't even see where I stopped to fix this Boo-Boo ! Hobby & Craft. For what it is worth, let me share my techniques for aircraft painting and finishing. Whatever model you choose, as long as it has the features you desire or are comfortable using you should find success airbrushing planes, boats, cars, or any other thing you can spray a layer of paint on. Crimm, believe me, acrylics do have their advantages. They need a primer before putting them down, but after that they are amazing. I have noticed that acrylic's tend to dry out as I'm brushing so I have to keep cleaning my brush as I go. Not a huge selection but limited collection. Acrylics ? Humbrol and the blue Revell squire box paints. I seldom airbrush Vallejo. They brush very nicely and their red also covers very good. If you ever need to make use of pine paint atomization or you require fine line detail, this airbrush from Sotar is your best option. Lousy brushability and all that . they mix well , dry well , cover well and stick like glue ! I consider it as an emergency use only, when I just cannot find the color or shade I want in my goto paints. AIEX 9 Pieces Fine Detail Paint Brush Miniature Painting Brushes Kit Mini Paints Brush Set for Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil, Face, Nail, Scale Model Painting, Line Drawing(Black) 4.6 out of … What metallic model paint you choose will depend on what result you’re looking for. First in Housepaint then Modelpaints . Some brushes. Painting Intricate Models with Brushes Paint your base coats using as few strokes as possible. "Deck , Bleached Teak " was a color I used a lot . There have been very good reviews on Mission Model paints. (and sometimes Modelmaster lacquer, for the 60s/70s cars). I have recently been buying Hobby Lobby house brand acrylics . Enamel is probably better for brush painting because it leaves fewer brushstrokes, but it’s also much more toxic than acrylic. Reading a post about paint can be a lot like, well, watching paint dry. Thanks one and all. Posted by Don Stauffer on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:09 AM. Just a note here , I see many complain about tops sticking . I will make it easy and split them into 4 categories: -also feel free to discuss other various uses and the best paint for those as well. $99.96. And what thins one brand quite well, turns another into rubbery goo. I wouldn't shake my fist too hard at acrylics though, they've improved over the years for hobby use, they're convenient and more accessible for some, and I don't think it's fair to scoff and limit anyone's ability to enjoy the hobby because they use acrylics :p. I've used Testors and Tamiya spray cans. Since I have a few Vallejo acrylics now, looking online and found this: https://www.hobbylinc.com/vallejo-military-paint-set:plastic-storage-case-72-colors-brushes-hobby-and-model-paint-set-70173. But I heard brushes and rollers make the best look,” Jenny says. They have very good buffable metalizers, their yellow and red cover very well. Brush skill is also necessary for painting detail items and adding finishing touches to a model. Application over existing coatings is meant only to bond to the previous paint job-not soak in or "be brushed in" to the wood. I Always get good result's. Brush painting is ok... ish. I see the handwriting on the wall. Some paint. Im not knocking acrylics per se, I use them and enamels. When done you can flatten as preferred with a matte spray. This isn’t the place to get into the whole enamel-versus-acrylic debate. First, lets mention the size of a brush. I use Tamiya, Testors, Humbrol and other brands both acrylic and enamel, AB and hand brush. Usually only need one coat to get good coverage (white not so much but have never found a good white for hand brushing). Each method has its advantages and disadvantages. Featured Items . There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want. With a carefully prepared surface, a good set of brushes, properly thinned paint, some decent craftsmanship and a ton of patience, truly amazing results can be achieved. And I like both types of paints. Especially for hand brushing. Master Airbrush Kit with Compressor is one of the best airbrush kits … I don't own an airbrush, and I was wondering if anyone had any tips on brush painting everything. Hand-brushing paint. 2. I do care more about color accuracy. I have a stock of Tamiya and Vallejo bottles, and the Badger primer to try out, so hopefully I'll have a little more opinion to offer after. just know Tamiya is solvent based that is water soluable will Vallejo is water based and the two aren't made to mix together ideally. Especially the rapid drying times. Latin for ‘Work of Art’ the Artis Opus set are arguably the sexiest … They have an awesome range of colors, but not identified as any prototype color. 'Brushing it in' or 'working it in' are common goals of those who espouse brush applications. I didn't attempt weathering either, so it still looks plastic. Have used the little Testors enamel bottles my whole life. I know my original answer was long so I'll keep this short . Tamiya acrylics also are easy to use by hand. To … For painting large areas, I use Tamiya rattle cans. Then there is a line of paints that I started to use recently - Citadel paints. I use Vallejo paints when I brush paint. Artis Opus – Series S Brush Set. I’m just curious now as to their long term shelf life. Ultimate Buyer’s Guide and Review of the Best Model Brushes Paint 12pc by D’Artisan Shoppe – Best for Beginners. I've used tamiya and Vallej. Better results. Way different. Gunze aqueous for airbrushing and Vallejo model color for hand brushing. By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. For British air and sea, it's really hard to beat White Ensign's Colourcoat for accuracy. I have only recently aquired an airbrush and havent "Experimented" with it yet so I can only give my opinion on spray can's and brush painting. I mostly build car models and motorcycles, so with Tamiya enamels and Tamiya sprays, I'm all set. There are 3 basic methods for applying the paint to the model: brush painting, spray cans, and airbrush. And I have been expecting it. I not only got the shade right but I had to sand a spot on the model and the paint feathered great . Working with both types has its advantages in some situations. One coat coverage, and dead flat finish. ). This paint really is fun to shoot. I really dont care for acrylic paint but I suppose I can get use to it  of the 2 paints I preffer Testors. Cheap, too. I was there at the opening bell when the sale first started about ten days ago and dropped by again this past Thursday. If your acrylic paint is not brushing well, try adding a small amount of thinner, or liquid acrylic paint retarder(from the art supply store). Testors has pretty good matches for a wide range of colors. Aren’t you tried of flaking paint on handles? At the moment I have a Badger Renegade Krome, and a Paasche H1017 to use for primers and stuff. A synthetic, firm brush is best for this application even when using oil-based coatings because it’s … $5 for a bottle of acrylic but $2 for the Testors enamels. And it seems every few months that another paint line appears. No one is inherently better than the others, but rather, it's the technique. The Testors " Model Master " Label . I agree with you regarding Tamiya rattle can paints. Still, every model requires at least a little hand-brushing. And just think .This all happened with the Acrylic because some parents couldn't keep their Kiddos from eating stuff with lead based paint on it . Landlady says " No Way Jose ". Their container is more convenient than those blasted dropper bottles. Surprise ! The Model Master line usually have any color I need. I figure I had better learn to work with acrylics if I want to stay in this hobby. Everyone has a slightly different approach to painting a model and you still see hand-painted models beating out airbrushed models on the contest tables. The paintbrush is the simplest method of applying paint. There are just some brands that I have better experiences with than others. Just curious as to what works the best these days for painting details in cockpits or on engines etc where airbrushing is not feasible. http://cs.finescale.com/fsm/tools_techniques_and_reference_materials/f/18/t/175408.aspx. For years it was the Old Humbrol line , in the tins .Then Testors, well ,Testors in the little square bottles first . Unless you are an experienced painter using brushes and rollers can actually cause your paint to fail more quickly. It's mine. Still, it is a disappointment to see it actually happening, though. For the do-it-yourselfer, these spray guns are small, hand-held, and use compressed air to apply a fine mist of paint. really depends on the color. Unfortunately most of the paints I’ve used are Tamiya’s flats without any thinner, and it is so difficult, I … No one is inherently better than the others, but rather, it's the technique. brushing takes a minute to get down but it lays out wonderfully - coverage varies by color - i always rough in a base color with an airbrush close to what I need and then start brushing . Another vote for Vallejo for hand brushing. Color, and  recent addition of Mission Model Acrylics. Vallejo rubs off the model to me. A model. They sort of have their own palette. Although , too many coats required , for some colors . That's the main reason I got into Vallejo a few yrs ago. There is a company in Poland called Hataka - they make paints that claim superb historical accuracy of the colour. While Testors enamel thinner does do a slightly better job of thinning, as a result of a shortage locally in the Testors stuff, I learned to use regular turpentine for thinning, which I had already on hand for brush and airbrush thinning. That can be a downside, if you try to paint one colour on top of other colour. ), Dont worry about the thumbprint, paint it Rust , and call it "Battle Damage". germa gray is totally different from one another. 4.6 out of 5 stars 207. metallic are harder - I really prefer Gunze metallic lacquers and my last precious bottle of floquil old silver - their coverage is far superior to acrylics. Ready made for brushing , But , squirted some thinned with alcohol and guess what ? I know this seems to change as new and different paints come out. and it's easy to fix. And nowadays there are more brands of acrylics out there than easily counted. The Model Master line usually have any color I need. Indeed! I have a basement workshop, so don't need to worry about smell, which does not bother me. I have hundreds of bottles with most of the paint rack full . I keep a stash of  a few key colors of Citadel on hand - particularly the white yellow and red and 3 of their flesh tones - when you need to pick out those cockpit colors in one go they can't be beat. For the enamels, and for Tamiya acrylics, I use a ceramic palette and the appropriate thinners-mineral spirits, for the enamels, and Tamiya's acrylic thinner, for Tamiya's paints. depends but I have found that base color (interior green for example) spray painted and then sealed with Future lets me paint details very easilly. Spray painting with acrylics..... for me doesn't work at all ! Surprise ! It all boils down to personal preference. I was hoping the shakeout would take a little longer. Thanks for your honest opinions! Enamels, and maybe conventional lacquers, are disappearing. View our, Tools, Techniques, and Reference Materials, https://www.hobbylinc.com/vallejo-military-paint-set:plastic-storage-case-72-colors-brushes-hobby-and-model-paint-set-70173. For hand-brushing, I've learned to thin the paints. For hand-brushing, I've learned to thin the paints. Looks like I didn't bite on this one, but I sure have on far too many of them over the years. I find they are at least equal to if not better than Testors/Modelmaster paints. They produce a very fine mist which results in a nice paint finish. I was wondering what are the best model paint brands for different uses, since there are so many different brands that make the same general type of paint. The Badger 2020 Kit is an impressive model that is exceptionally comfortable to use, very precise in operation and more reliable than other competing brands. To get a smooth primer coat according to the article you need to spray a ‘Wet Coat’ and let it dry completely as a posed to several light coats like we do with finish paint. I like tamiya but I may be doing something wrong with Vallejo. There's a different color from paint to paint on the two. I think I can use this stuff after all .That and I can match any color on the color wheel . Almost all beginners decide to brush-paint their first models. The old Testors in the square bottles have worked well in the past for me but the formula seems to have changed. Then there are other brands that didn't catch on with me - Revells feel like a clone of Humbrols, Testors - similar, but come in bottles that get stuck too often. I use Testor enamels in the little square glass bottles; Model Master; Tamiya acrylics; Andrea; Vallejo; and craft store paints, for hand-brushing.