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captaincold6928 Dec 2018 7:38 a.m. PST

Who is your go-to online retailer for paints, pigments, etc?

Looking for a place that has pretty quick shipping and has a huge variety of products.


Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 7:57 a.m. PST

Warstore for me

Vigilant28 Dec 2018 8:03 a.m. PST

Might help if you say which country you are in.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 8:04 a.m. PST

Sprue Brothers.

captaincold6928 Dec 2018 8:23 a.m. PST


Flight Deck Decals 2400 Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 8:44 a.m. PST

Depending on brand you are looking for Scale Hobbyist could be a good option:

captaincold6928 Dec 2018 9:00 a.m. PST

The one spray I'm looking for is Dunkelgelb. The only maker I've seen is PSC and not many places carry that.

DyeHard28 Dec 2018 10:20 a.m. PST


Dunkelgelb translates as Dark Yellow.
You might consider Tamiya Color Spray Paints no.3
TS-3 Dark yellow
Item No: 85003

This is widely available.

captaincold6928 Dec 2018 10:45 a.m. PST

Well, that shows you how much I know!! I knew Dunkelgelb was yellow based, but not the color specifically. Thanks DyeHard.

I really like Scalehobbyist, so I'm going with them.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 1:18 p.m. PST

I highly recommend the TS-3.

Also pick up a bottle of their Dark Yellow XF-60 for touch up.

XF-3 spays in light coats so I find it works best over a primer and with several coats.

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 6:14 p.m. PST

Reaper has a very large range and first class customer service. I typically receive my shipments in 3 days. Purchases over $35 USD receive free postage.

The paints are fully matte and cover very well.

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 7:25 p.m. PST

A lot of good suggestions here.

I have a couple to add:

I buy all my Tamiya and Testors paints from Hobbylinc.

I recently discovered Miniature Market has really good prices on Vallejo paints, so probably on the others they sell too.

In both cases, I've found that the jacked-up cost of 1-2 paints on Amazon is still lower because of free shipping, but if I'm ordering 3-4 or more, these other sites that charge for shipping start to save me money.

- Ix

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2018 7:38 p.m. PST

I highly recommend the TS-3.

Also pick up a bottle of their Dark Yellow XF-60 for touch up.

A warning: the brush paint (XF-60) and spray paint (TS-3) are not quite a perfect match. You have to do some blending to get a touch-up to work.

There are very few paints I've found that are exact matches in the spray and brush versions. It's a bit frustrating. I think the only reliable way to solve this problem is to use the same paint with a brush and through an airbrush.

- Ix

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 5:01 a.m. PST

If you do choose to airbrush Tamiya bottle paints then highly suggest using their Lacquer Thinner (in the yellow top bottle, item 87077-500) and not their X-20A thinner for acrylic paint (item 81040).

I also do 1/35th scale armor and picked this trick up from a number of modeling sites/magazines and articles.

Uncle Goblin31 Dec 2018 4:09 a.m. PST

If you use airbrush (and if you paint tanks it's highly recommended), I recommend you the Ak-Interactive Real colors line:


They can also be found on USA:


These colours are the best ones I found for tanks. There are 3-4 tones of Dunkelgelb based on several sources. Also the book they have on Tank colors (German, British, USA and Soviet) it's really great, Mike Starmer and Zaloga also are in this book.

Note of advice: If someone goes with this brand, use their thinner. Other thinners do not work very well, also this thinner goes terrible with Tamiya or Vallejo Air. But it's wonderful with these lacquers.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 8:28 a.m. PST

Ok, as a public service, and the fact I have some time on my hands, I checked out most of the suggestions here and the following is the pricing. I looked at Tamiya XF-60 bottle, TS-3 spray, Model Master spray and Testors dull and gloss coats. Here are the results:

Sprue Brothers has free shipping $200 USD or more CONUS, otherwise shipping figured at checkout.
Tamiya bottled 3.09
Tamiya Spray 6.40

Megahobby seems to have flat shipping rates from 4.95 to 8.95
Tamiya bottle 2.38
Tamiya Spray 6.65
Model Master 6.22

Hobbylinc has free shipping at $99 USD to CONUS otherwise shipping figured at check out
Tamiya bottle 2.72
Tamiya Spray 5.60
Model Master Spray varied form 4.59-5.60

Scale Hobbyist. Seems to have flat rate at 7.95? You have to enter items into a cart to get "real" price
Tamiya bottle 2.39
Tamiya spray 4.89
Testors dull or gloss coat 4.09

So pick your poison!

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