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Stoppage24 Sep 2018 1:35 p.m. PST

Necro Thread!

For me – GWR Coach Chocolate and the Loco Green – unfortunately the true railway is 200 miles away – up here is LNER

Calculon25 Sep 2018 5:26 a.m. PST

On my deathbed I want a tin of Humbrol paint wafted under my nostrils, to bring back memories of lazy youthful sunny days shut firmly indoors hunched over my painting desk with radio three in the background and a view of Scunthorpe slag works in the distance…

Kevin in Albuquerque Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 9:45 a.m. PST

I, too, used Humbrol, more than 35 years ago. Wonderful memories, and the colors have held true over years of usage.

Now I use the water based acrylics and are happy with them, but there was something special about those little tins …

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP25 Sep 2018 10:41 a.m. PST

Nostlagia, it is not what it used to be.

Funny, the one bottle I never bought was the British Uniform Red as I simply could not believe the shade shown….brick red. Brown/orange, nothing like the defenders of Rourke's Drift in the film. Of course now I know, but, to be honest, I still paint mine in a much prettier brighter red.

Those WWI paints from Humbrol! Forgot them. Clear doped linen on an Eindekker. RFC green on a Camel or SE5A. Trying to paint the German lozenge pre printed fabric. One lozenge at a Time……

Jeffers25 Sep 2018 12:29 p.m. PST

Good Lord! My alter ego of Jefthing has surfaced and I completely forgot about this thread!

I still have the tin of Airfix M11. And I will follow Calculon's lead and have a tin of Humbrol gloss wafted under my hooter. And then buried with said tin of M11.

Handlebarbleep26 Sep 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

I remember my Nana rang the local radio 'agony aunt' phone in show, because she'd heard of solvent abuse and thought that my huge Authenticolour collection indicated I was an addict! Little did she know, I was addicted, but to the subject, not the solvent. Still am really, 46 years later. Anyone remember the Authenticards? I bought mine from Beatties, and the illustrations of Hinchliffes led me to the much missed Nottingham Model Soldier Shop. My pocket money only stretched to one figure a week (a fortnight for cavalry) and I'd spend all week painting it. Happy days.

Stoppage27 Sep 2018 2:58 p.m. PST

Humbrol authenticards!

Weird cross-over with the Hinchcliffe painting guides!

Lambert Supporting Member of TMP28 Sep 2018 1:13 p.m. PST

I'm still using Humbrol, addicted since around 1975 when I got my first Hinchliffe figures from a wonderful small shop near Blackpool Tower. A British 9 pdr gun and five crew, along with a few tins of enamel and a 0 brush – which is still in use! And yes, I still have some Humbrol authenticards. Happy times.

legatushedlius05 Oct 2018 1:01 p.m. PST

I also still use Humbrol paints almost exclusively. Been trying to use acrylics over the last week and just don't get along with them at all.

Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP05 Oct 2018 1:45 p.m. PST

You have my respect…then

You still use those enamels………..?

They cannot be mixed, they take days to dry, you are to be up there with Humbrol 1970s…………

I remember those enamels…

Jeffers09 Oct 2018 12:37 p.m. PST

I've NEVER been without a tin of G10. I expect it will be the one wafted under my nose…

legatushedlius10 Oct 2018 2:34 p.m. PST

deadhead – They can't be mixed? I mix them all the time. No problems!

All painted with enamels.


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 9:22 p.m. PST

"A place where shops and/or small businesses trade from"

"Trade from" is like selling products, conducting business or is it bartering?

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 9:31 p.m. PST

I have you all beat. I actually started out with Testors paints in the little glass bottles. I used them to paint car and airplane models and just migrated them over to figures. Then I discovered Humbrol and I had dozens of the those tin cans.

I also used Testors' model master line of paints at the same time. They were all kind of a pain when it came to taking off those lids and keeping them on so the paint wouldn't dry. Great memories, but I was more than ready to switch to acrylics.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP10 Oct 2018 9:38 p.m. PST

"The Humbrol British scarlet that I always thought was too orange…"

That's exactly what I thought. I had to mix it with red.

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 3:20 a.m. PST

I still hanker after the little glass Airfix bottles of paint, like truncated obelisks. The Airfix tinlets annoyed me because they were a different height to Humbrols so they didn't stack.

I had a big exam to sit when I was 13, to get a scholarship to a very good nearby school. It was founded in 1561 or something, and was eyewateringly fee-paying (it's about £20.00 GBPk a year these days). But then, if you did well in their exam you got in for nothing.
So for about a year before that exam I had no life as evenings, weekends and school holidays were spent on tutoring and homework. During that time my hobbies were banned as dissipations of concentration. So I saved up and spent pocket money on my first ever stash of kits and figures and paint (normally I was tearing at them before I got them home).

The kit stash was a 1/72 Catalina, Lancaster, and Hercules with Bloodhound missile. The figure stash was the Airfix Gun Emplacement and Coastal Defence assault sets. The paints were Airfix tinlets. I collected all the ones the box sides said I needed and as I wasn't allowed to use them I opened them up and sniffed them instead.

I had one of these dogs


(for doing well at school aged 7. Yeah, I know) and he used to stare at me doing this with much the same expression. You could see him thinking, WTAF are you doing?

I miss the paints and the dog. The Airfix 1/72 Hercules, meh. After a few years the wings always fall off.

The Coastal Defence fort was a blast – it fired little plastic shells and scales out at 13.5-inch calibre – but it never occurred to me to paint it.

Marc the plastics fan11 Oct 2018 5:27 a.m. PST

Don't leave us hanging – did you get in?

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP11 Oct 2018 9:07 a.m. PST

Yes I did and they had this thing called a Wargaming Society.

Apparently, if you want to fight battles with toy soldiers, you aren't just limited to flicking marbles, matchsticks and elastic bands at them. You can organise them into units, make playing rules and decide stuff by rolling dice.

Who knew?

It seemed like a good idea that could catch on one day.

Jeffers11 Oct 2018 11:21 a.m. PST

I had some of the glass bottles too. I quite liked the later Airfix paints and tended to use them more as they were stocked locally. Humbrol had thicker pigment, though, and covered the multi-coloured Airfix kits without undercoat; even the black ones. Can't do that now.

The last time I saw Airfix paints for sale was in a beachfront shop in Woolacombe in 1984!

Personal logo 4th Cuirassier Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2018 1:50 a.m. PST

@ Jeffers

Yep, I reckon they were withdrawn in the late 70s. There could still have been some 5-year-old stock around in 1984. The bottles disappeared I think in about 1970.

Jeffers12 Oct 2018 6:45 a.m. PST

That's right, they stopped abruptly when Airfix went out of business. I might take my working tin of M11 to Antiques Roadshow one day…

I never saw the bottles for sale anywhere, but my dad used them. I had my first box of Airfix figures in 1970 (I was 4) but I wasn't allowed to paint stuff until later. The last time I saw a bottle used was a dark blue colour my dad mixed up for my RAF ground crew in about 1975 (also worked for French foot artillery…).

I'm not sure how practical they were, but I do remember them being very tactile!

Marcus Brutus12 Oct 2018 7:24 a.m. PST

What nostalgia? I hated oil based paints (Humbrol and Testor) and the day I found out about water based paints and could put away my Varsol was a day of cheering. Never looked back.

Lambert Supporting Member of TMP12 Oct 2018 7:58 a.m. PST

I have a couple of tins of Airfix enamel, M3 and M11, still perfectly usable. I used some M11 earlier this year. I never thought Airfix paints were quite as good as Humbrol, but these two have stood the test of time.

Sir Able Brush Supporting Member of TMP13 Oct 2018 8:34 a.m. PST

Thanks for the reminder – I remember the thrill of spending a little extra as a child to get the exact right napoleonic humbrol paint – I even remember requesting 3 very specific tins for xmas.

I treasured this tins!

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