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Luftwaffe Flak11 Feb 2015 10:06 a.m. PST

This time I will use the proper forum! :)

Question, looking at Vallejo's line of paints, for early MiG's and Mirage III's (IAF) should I go with Silver? Or Natural Steel/Oily Steel? Or something else?

Thanks for all your help and this very nice/welcoming forum!

Garand11 Feb 2015 11:37 a.m. PST

Depending on the scale of the model and the amount of effort you want to put into it, all of the above? One of the interesting things scale modelers do with their natural metal finish aircraft is subtly alter colors on different panels, so perhaps a mix of silver and natural steel in varying amounts might work. But for me, I think I'd just go with silver and be sure to dullcote afterwards, to simulate aluminum.


autos da fe11 Feb 2015 11:40 a.m. PST

If you're using the Vallejos, I'd recommend their alcohol based silver. Very nice metalic shine, and gives a very smooth surface. Then plenty of washes. I had good luck on 1/285 planes this way. You can wash different panels to different degrees to get Garand's suggestion, which looks nice.

For MIGs in Korea, some pilots commented that they were so shiny they must have each had their own polishers. I scraped the planes with the side of an Exacto, then used the file, then steel wool, then a nylon burnisher attachment on the Dremel (probably this last step wasn't needed). Then just did some light washes on the bare metal. Privateer "Armor Wash" was ok. The washes were tricky and I often had to start over, but the effect was nice and something I'd been meaning to try for a while. Decals adhere well, and then seal over.

I hear a little boot polish is good in this approach, instead of a wash. Haven't tried that yet.

15mm and 28mm Fanatik11 Feb 2015 11:43 a.m. PST

Be sure to give the engine area a bit of rust and soot.

Luftwaffe Flak11 Feb 2015 1:30 p.m. PST

Thanks all! Sorry should have clarified, 1/600th scale! :) Ive noticed in my reference books the different panels. Might be a bit beyond my reach here at the beginning for something so small but we shall see!

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP11 Feb 2015 2:13 p.m. PST

I like to use a chrome spray paint on mine, which then gets a black wash, and finally dullcoted.

Windward24 Aug 2015 8:34 p.m. PST

I second Dom's method. I use an aluminum metallic spray paint I got at Home Depot, and black wash, followed with semi-gloss.

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