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John the OFM23 Nov 2010 7:38 p.m. PST

I want to do some 1/144 Hurricanes and Spitfires in both brown/green and brown/tan paint schemes.
Both Battle of Britain and North Africa.
What hobby paints do the pros use?

John the OFM23 Nov 2010 7:39 p.m. PST

Oh, yes…
And were all camo patterns factory applied, with stencils and masks?

highlandcatfrog23 Nov 2010 10:22 p.m. PST

As an admitted amateur rather than a pro, I use Model Master paints (made by Testors, the illegitimate descendants of the once mighty Polly-S). RAF Dark Earth, RAF Green, and the one known as Sky Type S (see Dom, I've learned some things from you about that shade! thumbs up). For North Africa it's Dark Earth, Azure Blue, and Middlestone, unfortunately Testors in their wisdom stopped producing Middlestone about a year ago (I've got 3 bottles of real Polly-S Middlestone squirreled away but you can't have them).

A buddy of mine uses Tamiya primarily and their colors look good too, so either brand should be o.k., though I don't know what names Tamiya uses for the appropriate colors.

Camo patterns were factory applied, either the A scheme or the B scheme. I'm pretty sure they can be found on the Wings Palette site:

If not, try here:

Now where's that dancing banana?

elsyrsyn24 Nov 2010 7:10 a.m. PST

As mentioned, Testors gobbled them up, so I guess they qualify I tend towards the PollyScale acrylics. I'm hardly a pro, though.


Richard Humm24 Nov 2010 10:54 a.m. PST

Tamiya have recently issued paints for the late war RAF Day Fighter Scheme, so XF-81 RAF Dark Green takes care of the green part of the Temperate Land Scheme used in the Battle of Britain.

The Dark Earth used in both the Temperate Land Scheme and the Desert Scheme and the Middle Stone of the Desert Scheme both need to be mixed. On their instruction sheets, Tamiya recommend a mix of 1 part XF-52 Flat Earth to 1 part XF-64 Red Brown for Dark Earth, and 1 part XF-59 Desert Yellow to 1 part XF-60 Dark Yellow for Middle Stone.

For the undersurfaces, Battle of Britain types can be finished in Tamiya's XF-21 Sky, though it looks a bit too green to me, or in one of several shades of duck egg blue, duck egg green or eau-de-nil to taste, while the desert types would be in Azure Blue, mixed from 2 parts X-16 Purple, 10 parts XF-2 Flat White and 5 parts XF-18 Medium Blue.

Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2010 1:16 p.m. PST


The nice thing about the Tamiya paints is identical colors in bottles and spray cans. I generally spray the undersides of the planes first. When dry, flip the models and spray the lighter shade of the two color camo pattern on the top surfaces holding the spray can slightly higher than normal and as vertical as possible. Then brush paint the darker camo color on the upper surfaces. Thinner paint works better than thick for this step. This process has always worked well for me. Touch up is also easy as the brush paints match the spray paints.

Will post some pics when I get back from the Thanksgiving holiday.


Personal logo Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 5:25 p.m. PST

Apologies for the thread necromancy, but I wanted to comment on this for future Googlers stumbling across this:

The nice thing about the Tamiya paints is identical colors in bottles and spray cans.
If this was once true, it's not true anymore. I bought spray and bottle versions of the Japanese gray-green with this expectation, and discovered that the spray is darker. For other colors, there are almost zero matches in the Tamiya ranges between spray and brush-on paints. (As an aside, I've read several places that you can spray the contents of of a Tamiya can into a container and brush that on. Expensive, but perhaps useful for touch-ups and corrections.)

Conversely, Model Master really did once have matched spray and brush-on colors, but as they discontinue paints these are getting rare. I have matched versions of the spray and bottle USN Dark Sea Blue and Light Gull Gray, and I'm about to pull the trigger on Desert Tan because I trust them to match the colors well. Sadly, the spray Middlestone is gone. <grump>

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