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acctingman186909 Dec 2014 10:06 a.m. PST

Can someone share their techniques in painting ww2 1/600 aircraft?

Where, in the US, does one buy decals for this scale?

Is there a video somewhere showing painting techniques for this scale?

Thank you!

boy wundyr x09 Dec 2014 11:22 a.m. PST

The 1/600 aircraft Yahoo group has a good tutorial (Word doc) by Dom Skelton that covers the basics. I think the main choices in techniques are how to do canopies (dark grey vs. black vs. blue) and washing panel lines (yes/no).

Dom's Decals has the best/only? selection of decals in 1/600, he's in the UK but shipping is cheap and fast (especially for just decals). You can use 1/300 for bigger bombers, either Dom's or I-94's.

tinned fruit Supporting Member of TMP09 Dec 2014 11:23 a.m. PST

Decals try Dom's Decals:-

Everything you could possibly want.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Dec 2014 12:17 p.m. PST

Definitely sign up to the 1/600 Yahoo group.

Techniques depend which manufacturer you're using though the deep detailing on most Tumbling Dice stuff works really well with a "basic colours, black wash, fill in the details" approach, but it doesn't tend to get great results on Oddzial Osmy they need manual highlights to get the best from them.

For decals I'm more or less the only game in town picoarmor carry some of my 1/600 range in the US, otherwise it's direct from me. As boy wundyr says, on multi-engine stuff you can use 1/300 decals, which a few firms do I-94 are the obvious US candidate.

acctingman186909 Dec 2014 12:32 p.m. PST


Mako1109 Dec 2014 1:57 p.m. PST

I generally paint them with a brush, using either acrylics, or enamels, depending upon which is the best color match.

You can make them look a bit better by weathering them a little, once you've put the basic color on, by adding a little white to your paint, and drybrushing that over the darker colors.

I use dark gray for the cockpits, but some prefer light blue. Most photos I see show dark gray as the more likely color.

For panel lines, instead of trying to paint, or ink them, I use a very fine, 0.3mm drafting, mechanical pencil to highlight them. Works very well, and looks more realistic in my opinion, than black ones.

Decals from Dom, or I-94.

Mute Bystander10 Dec 2014 3:36 a.m. PST

For inspiration there is rriggles {I bought Fokkers and SPADs} on Ebay and [modern and WW2 currently] yes, I buy painted miniature 1/600th aircraft. I still am trying to paint my own but when you want something "now" these are my two "go to" sources.

I have been known to spend some undisclosed time "just looking" at the miniatures

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Dec 2014 7:13 a.m. PST

This has left me thinking I need to find the time to redo that painting tutorial some time. Up to my eyeballs in printing backlog at the moment, but I might have a crack at it over Christmas….

acctingman186910 Dec 2014 7:47 a.m. PST

@ Mute

wow….they/he/she/them….do amazing work. I'm kinda lazy and I know I couldn't paint that well. I might be throwing them some $$


Mute Bystander10 Dec 2014 6:38 p.m. PST

Put in a $45 USD order recently for WW2 desert stuff.

Now I need to finalize which 2D rules I will be using… WW1 and Modern I have definite rules for but not WW2.

Weird but WW2 is #3 for me…

Mute Bystander10 Dec 2014 7:07 p.m. PST


Please do, I need all the help I can get. I have so many unpainted 1/600th planes…

DeltaBravo09 Jan 2015 8:09 a.m. PST

I've just taken delivery of a few squadrons' worth of WW2 1/600 aircraft from Oddzial Osmy.

(a) **** they're small!
(b) The detail looks very fine – what do others tend to use as a primer? I've used Halfords car primer in the past for 28mm but worry that it'll obscure the detail on these?

Would brushed on Gesso be a better bet?

(UK based)

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