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Now Tamiya, Revell, Italeri, Airfix (Humbrol), Vallejo, MIG Jimenez, and other model companies offer paints, though they can be somewhat limited to start with.

There's no way to get around the fact that paint can be expensive. But it's usually needed to cover a model. Better paints tend to cost more, especially when the colors choices and shades are wider and you have more selection.

After 40+ years modeleing, I've used many different kinds of paints. I've experimented with so many kinds and brands. But I can't choose one brand that will always be better than another in every case. They have different characteristics. Though I tend to use more acylics today than I did in the past.

Lately, for bottled paints, I use paints made by Vallejo, or a similar type squeeze eye dropper paint (MIG Jimenez, Warhammer paints, etc). I like these paints better for several reasons. You only have to use a few drops at a time, so a single bottle goes a long ways.

They are clean, no paint on the cap, dripping down the bottle, etc. The caps don't seize to the glass bottle (the bottles are plastic). And I've found it's rare that they dry out, (so I'm saving money right there).

They cost a little more, and I like the combination sets, but they are very much worth it. They don't usually leave brush strokes, dry somewhat quickly, and for me, just seem to do a good job.

There are videos of modelers painting entire models with these types of paints, without any brushstrokes. They are amazing. (just to give you an idea, this 15 inch figure was painted with a brush as far as the skin - no brushstrokes).

Several companies make similar paints to Vallejo, such as PS3, or gaming paints.

I want to say that it's very important you use good paint brushes. No matter what paint you use out of a bottle, a bad (or warn out brush) is the worst, and will make your hard work look bad.

 

These paint sets and products are available in a wide range of colors and tones.

 

 

Acrylic Paints wash up with water for easy cleanup. They also dry quicker. They tend to dry with a flat or matte finish. You only need water to thin them out.

Enamel Paints require paint thinner, or a stronger paint cleaner to clean the brushes. Enamels also take longer to dry and can be tacky till they cure.

glow paint set

Self-Luminous Paint

gloss enamel paint set

Gaia Fluorescent Yellow
(If you build GT race cars with the yellow tinted rain headlights, this is the perfect color to do those)

apple barrel paint set

Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint

testors military flat paint set

500 Mixer Paint Balls

paint starter set

Starter Color Paint Set

ak blue uniform  paint

Blue Uniform Paint Set

scale 75 black and white paint

Blank & White Set

ak camo uniform  paint

Camo Uniform Paint Set

middle east  paint

Leather and Buckles

life color army uniforms paint

US Army Uniform Colors

ak red uniform  paint

Blue Uniform Paint Set

vallejo wood and leather paint set

Wood and Leather Paint Set

mig ammo rust paint

Old Weathered Wood Set

testors military flat paint set

Metallic Acrylic Ink Set

italeri nato vehicles trucks paint

Medieval Colors

ak military equipment basic colors paint

Equipment Colors Set

vallejo civil war paint

Civil War Colors Set

vallejo earthtones paint

Earthtone Colors Set

hataka nato aircraft paint

NATO U.S. Aircraft Paint Set

ukraine tank colors paint

Ukraine Colors

 

vallejo navy aircraft paint

RAF Battle of Britain Colors

vallejo navy aircraft paint

US Navy & USMC Colors

vallejo us army corp paint

US Air Corp Mediterranean

vallejo us army corp paint

US Army Air Corp Europe

ak us modern aircraft colors paint

US Modern Aircraft Colors

ijn aircraft colors paint

WWII IJN Aircraft Colors Set

vallejo soviet aircraft air force paint

Soviet Aircraft Set

vallejo raf bombers paint

US Army Air Corps Color Set

vallejo german luftwaffe paint

German Luftwaffe Set

vallejo raf desert paint

RAF Desert Set

hataka luftwaffe paint

Modern German Luftwaffe

vallejo usaf vietnam colors paint

USAF Colors Vietnam Set

hataka soviet air force paint

Soviet Air Force Paints

vallejo raf bombers paint

RAF Bomber Color Set

abteilung aircraft effects paint

Aircraft Effcets Paint Set

debris and rubble paint

Desert War Colors

ak russian vehicles paint

Russian Modern Vehicle Set

ak afv army green military equipment basic colors paint

US Army & USMC Green Set

vallejo allied forces wwii colors paint

Allied WWII Forces Colors

vallejo modern german nato  paint

Modern Military German Colors

russian military paint

Modern Russian Colors

vallejo black and white paint

Black & White Set

mig ammo tools colors paint

British Desert Colors

debris and rubble paint

Iraq & Afghanistan Colors

soviet camouflage paint

Soviet Camouflage

russian green colors paint

Russian Green Set

olive drab paint

US Olive Drab Set

tank accessories paint

Tank Accessories Set

ak german red primer paint

German Red Primer Set

1945 german paint

German Late War Colors

german camouflage paint

German Camoflage Set

middle east  paint

Middle East War Colors

german war  paint

Modern French Set

modern french paint

Modern French Set

ak interactive modern german vehicles colors paint

German Vehicles Modern Set

 

scalemodel paints compare

Here I've lined up different brands and bottles to compare.

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So, what's the big deal about eye-dropper paints?

The "eyedropper" paints tend to be acrylic. But one good thing about them is from what I've seen, you tend to use a lot less paint, and a bottle goes a long way.

You only have to squirt out a very small amount, depending on what detail you're painting. Often a drop will do. Then you put the cap back on and that's it.

For many years, decades even, I used enamel paints in a jar like almost every other older modeler. That's the way things were. You screw the top off, dip the brush in. The next thing is over time, you get paint on the edges of the jar, the lid bonds itself to the jar so it's nearly impossible to get open, or the paint dries out. Ruining an entire bottle of paint.

The eyedropper paints tend to stay clean and trouble free. Some of the companies use metal pellets inside to mix the paint when you shake it.

You can use a pallet of some kind, but I like to use cheap styrafoam picnic plates (paper plates will bleed with paint on them and can be messy). This way, once there's no more room on the plate, I simply throw it away. I don't have to clean anything. I also have a lot of space to mix colors on.

I have also found that it's easier to control the amount of paint on the end of the brush. If there's too much, I wipe the brush on the plate until I have the amount I want. That's more difficult to do wiping a brush on the side of a bottle. I can also see better what's going on with the paint and brush this way.

Now, I still use a few bottles of paint in a jar. Those will never go away. But a majority of paints I use now are from an eyedropper bottles.

 

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