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If you plan on painting models with a brush, whether it's the whole model, or just for fine detail work, there's a few things you may want to know about paint brushes before you buy them.

First, lets mention the size of a brush. Many times folks are looking for a very fine brush with a fine tip, and think of a size, such as: 000.

000 is considered the thinest brush size. It goes up, such as sizes - 00, 0, 1, 2,3,4,5, etc. The higher the number is, the wider the brush.

Sounds easy right? Not really.

The problem is, brush sizes are not standardized. One brands 00 brush might be the same width as another brands #1. A brush company can name a brush any size they want to.

All you can do is keep this in mind, and if you buy a brush, and you like the size and width, you may want to purchase the same brush in the future.

Now, you also need to know that there are TWO basic kinds of brushes:

Synthetic, and Natural

Synthetic brushes are just that, a synthetic material. They tend to cost less than Natural brushes, so they are more common. While they work fine for general use, after a while the ends will get splintered and frayed. Meaning, the brush is not good for fine detail work after a time, and it's difficult to get the end of the brush to form a point. They need to be replaced more often.

Natural brushes are made from animal hair. They are less likely to fray, and are better able to make a fine point at the end. They also last longer (when cleaned properly). They do cost more than Synthetic brushes, but it's a question of how you want your paint work to look. Some of the best modelers in the world (i.e. contest winners) usually use a Natural brush.

(The hairs can be from several animals, such as hogs, squirrel ,ox , or even goats. Sable is probably the best well known, and considered the ultimate choice).

Most of the brushes I use personally tend to be Synthetic. Only because I'm not out to win any contests for painting and I build for myself. I do replace them when they fray, and in some ways, that just gives me an excuse to buy more new brushes (which is a good thing - woohoo!). Luckily Synthetic brushes are less costly, so you can buy quite a few at a time. Eventually all paint brushed will tend to wear out, so it's a modelers choice on which way to go.

Obvioulsy, if you choose the cheapest garbage brushes you can find, your paint work might reflect that. Even if it's more of the brushes fault than your own. So choose wisely. Use the brush that gives you the most confidence in your work, and gives you the quality you want others to see.


It doesn't matter what kind of model you build. Cars, Planes, Ships, figures.
You will normally have fine details you'll want to paint.

These are paint brushes to help you get that detail you're looking for.


mp paint brush set

Model and Miniature
Painting Brush Set

  • Range of brushes all with 'easy-grip' triangular handles.
  • Designed for Miniature Painters and Model Makers where intricate detail is paramount.
  • Ideal for painting wargaming models such as Warhammer, Army painter, etc., but work with any model.
  • Soft and silky, yet very responsive feel with lovely spring allowing great control.

la corneille detail paint brush set

Miniature Micro Detail
Paint Brush 5 Piece Set

  • Top quality gold taklon miniature brushes are perfectly sized for working in small scale.
  • Great for miniatures painting, figure eyelashes, models and more.
  • Feature shorter, thicker handles that are well balanced and easy to hold steady while you work.
  • Brushes are only 6 inches long overall. Great for use with all paints.


paint brush set fine

Detail Paint Brush Set

  • Finest tipped miniature brushes so you can focus on relaxing and painting your masterpiece.
  • Detail your models and art without worrying about the quality of your art supplies.
  • Always have the right brush at your fingertips - kit includes Rounds, Liners and Flats.

sable siberian detail paint brush set

Sable Paint Brush Set

  • Kolinsky is strong, holds its shape & has a very long life, so you will paint with confidence.
  • 10 pointed rounds with short, triangular handles for every detail need.
  • SUPER FINE POINT with a generous paint holding capacity for your quality strokes & micro detail.
  • SEAMLESS NICKEL FERRULES will not rust or crack, holding the strong Kolinsky hair without shedding.
  • MULTIPLE USE-Watercolor, Acrylic, Ink, Oil. Use for all your Models, Nail Art & Detail Art Painting.

flat paint brush set

Flat Style Paint Brush Set

  • When painting a large area on model, you need a wide brush to minimize visible brush strokes.
  • Wide variety of brushes sizes including #0, #2, #4, #6, #8, #10, #12, #14, #16
  • Golden synthetic bristles are easy to clean and maintain shape well.
  • Quality polished wood and long handle for easy and comfortable use

mini paint brush set

Paint Brush Set

  • Very good quality soft synthetic bristles. Durable. The bristles are the right firmness and don't fall out.
  • Size: 00, 0 is special for cut line or tiny details* & Sizes:1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 for ordinary use.
  • Great resilience and spring. Good control and accuracy. Smooth painting track.

porcelain paint pallette

Porcelain Palette

  • Quality porcelain paint palette designed to be a welcome addition to any artist's studio
  • Pure white surface makes colors come alive and easy to mix
  • Smooth and easy to clean surface
  • 7 Deep partitions for color mixing
  • 6-Inch wide

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