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DRKRONIN Inactive Member17 Jul 2010 1:50 p.m. PST

Does anybody have any links or advice on some tutorials on doing German fighter fuselage side mottlings? Thanks in advance, And sorry for asking this question for probably the 100th time. :)

pmwalt Supporting Member of TMP17 Jul 2010 3:01 p.m. PST

What size/scale and do you have an airbrush? If you don't an easy way to paint mottle on the side of German WWII a/c is to get some fine foam, cut it into a small (scale appropriate size), dab it in the paint, dab it on a piece of tissue or cloth until it's not too wet, then dab it on the side of the a/c. Practice a bit first until you get the right effect.

nebeltex Inactive Member17 Jul 2010 4:33 p.m. PST

you can try a small and inexpensive foam brush or a flat ended stencil brush. both are available at craft stores.

Pajaro Muerto17 Jul 2010 7:33 p.m. PST

Foam can give good results for spotty mottling, the kind that t your 1/144 or 1/300 ground crew would do by brush :)

If you want soft-edged camo, that looks airbrushed, you must first paint the fuselage sides in Hellblau RLM 65 or Lichtblau RLM 76, then you can make many spots with very waterd down paint. Mottling was done using the same 2 top camo colors, and also RLM 02 gray sometimes. Then, with a bit more concentrated paint, paint the center of that watered-down spot. It should end as a more or less solid spot surrounded with a blurry edge, giving the impression from afar of it being sprayed on.

I learned this technique from the FOW website:


Here are some pictures of my planes, at the CY6! Yahoo group:





I also have the same pics at the Air-Pirates group under Rolando's planes also.

DRKRONIN Inactive Member18 Jul 2010 4:38 a.m. PST

Awesome. Thanks so much!!

DRKRONIN Inactive Member18 Jul 2010 10:16 a.m. PST

This is for Pajaro Muerto,
Those color specs your metioned what company are they from?

pmwalt: there's 2 scales I have 1/285 and 1/300, And yes I do have an airbrush. But I would think that would be overkill on something so small, But yet im a novice when its comes to this new scale. :)

Thanks again everybody

pmwalt Supporting Member of TMP18 Jul 2010 6:35 p.m. PST

I don't think a airbrush is going to be much use at those scales, but Pajero Muerto provided some solid advice. Good luck!

Pajaro Muerto18 Jul 2010 6:44 p.m. PST

Color specs?

You mean the Hellblau RLM 65, Lichtblau RLM 76, and Grau RLM 02 business? Those are the actual names of the Reich Air Ministry for those colors. The paints I use are crappo cheapo craft acrylics, Folk Art, Apple Barrel, and DecoArt brands. I beleive that maybe DecoArt is not that popular in the U.S., but they're plentifully available here in Puerto Rico at a store called Capri :)

I have my color mixes down, if you want them, although most modellers would run away in horror from these paints, and get Vallejo or Tamiya or JPS Modell paints instead. These are more for people who like historical color accuracy.

HOWEVER, DarkRonin, the Luftwaffe color subject is a controvertible one :D

There are 3 or 4 mainstream sets of color chips representing the historical colors used by Germany. I guide myself taking a little each from K.A. Merrick's "Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945" book and chips, Michael Ullmann's book "Luftwaffe Colors 1935-1945", and Urban Fredrickson's FS-595 page:

I think that Merrick's and Ullmann's RLM 74 and RLM 75 greys are too dark to be of use in air-to-air camo, so I lighten them… I beleive most Luftwaffe modelers and painters have their own "recipes", heh, heh…

DRKRONIN Inactive Member19 Jul 2010 2:25 p.m. PST

Great info. When i get some painted I'll put them up. Thanks so very much….Everyone!!

DRKRONIN Inactive Member24 Jul 2010 1:55 p.m. PST

Ok guys heres a couple pics of my first attempt.


Let me know what you guys think.

Pajaro Muerto02 Aug 2010 10:29 p.m. PST


Good for a first attempt! Looks like you were going for a rough late war field mottling.

For a soft mottle, dilute the paint even more when applying the paintbrush "spots". Also, top wing, top elevator and top fuselage camo should be either two-color splinter or two-color wavy pattern. The mottling was only for the fuselage sides, except for night fighters and some high altitude planes, like some Me 109 G-6/AS models.

Keep on painting and show some more in the future ;)

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