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Personal logo mrwigglesworth Supporting Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 2:41 a.m. PST

I have never painted 1/285 planes before and I am not sure how to go.
The white or gray Zero's.
Any advice?

MajorB10 Jun 2015 2:47 a.m. PST

Same way as you would any other miniature.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 3:15 a.m. PST

Be aware that the white or grey Zeros were neither white nor grey though…. ;-) This is a pretty good rendition of the actual colour.


A sort of very pale tan colour. The different coloured rudder is unusual, but probably based on one that had a cannibalised rudder – most early Zeros were the tan colour, but one of the licensed manufacturers of them did a very pale olive finish instead, which the rudder's a good approximation of.

boy wundyr x10 Jun 2015 6:08 a.m. PST

Thanks for that pic Dom, interesting! (glad I haven't painted any Zeros yet!)

Sundance10 Jun 2015 8:53 a.m. PST

Actually, the Zero is a pale olive. It may have been a little lighter than in the photo.

Striker10 Jun 2015 12:12 p.m. PST

I'm going to use either the Testors or Tamiya gray for my zeros, once I start them that is.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP10 Jun 2015 1:32 p.m. PST

If you have Tamiya, XF-76 IJN Gray-Green was specifically mixed for early Zeros.

jdpintex10 Jun 2015 3:58 p.m. PST

With paint?

Sorry I'm on my second old fashioned

Yellow Admiral10 Jun 2015 4:02 p.m. PST

If you haven't tried the Tamiya or Testors spray paints before, they have excellent coverage and superb color matches, but you have to be careful using them on small scale planes (e.g. 1/285 and 1/300 scales). The paint comes out very fast and it's easy to get it onto 1/285 and 1/300 scale planes thick enough to obscure the details or cause runs in the blink of an eye. Obey the instructions on the can specifying the how far to hold it away from the model, and do light, quick passes instead of concentrated sprays. Also, these paints do shrink a lot as they dry, so a properly light spray job will look too thick when it's wet and still look nice once dry, if you did it right.

My preferred technique is to choose one of the lighter colors as a base color and spray that on as a base coat, then brush over that with the other colors. Machines like planes (and tanks, and guns, and trucks… etc.) really need nice, even coverage to look right, unlike the cloth, flesh, leather and wood surfaces of most miniature soldiers, horses, and carried equipment. You can go make them dirty or weathered afterward, but it saves a lot of time and gets a nicer result if you start with a dead-even surface coverage over the entire model surface.

Earlier this year I tried 3 different brush-on acrylic blues for some Corsairs and Hellcats I was painting, and finally gave up, stripped them all, and sprayed with a Tamiya color instead. With a brush I just couldn't get the color to be even without also filling in all the nice panel lines and surface details. Enamels may work better, but I just don't like dealing with mineral spirits.

- Ix

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