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  1. All, I’ve got a few WW2 FAA aircraft in the stash. I’ve got some Vallejo Model Colour paints that I think are correct in theory for the topsides (70.867 Dark Blue Grey and 70.892 Yellow Olive). However when I put them together they are very low contrast and very dark. Even though this might be correct, I’d rather have slightly lighter versions on 1:72 models - scale lightening if you like. Has anyone got any advice for Model Colour or Model Air designations for a bit of scale fading or scale lightening for this FAA scheme please? I don’t really want to mix paints. I notice that in the Vallejo Air FAA set, for the Swordfish the lower wings are lighter versions of the uppers (like a few RAF biplanes I think). Any advice on the true relative lightness would also be appreciated. Thanks!
  2. There are a few of them around - I think the 4-bladed prop ones have Pratt & Whitney engines fitted, the five bladed ones are the original Centaurus, (which are much rarer and more difficult to maintain engines).
  3. OK, so it turns out that since I last called in 2 weeks ago, my local hobby shop has closed down. The other UK supplier I use says the Vallejo RLM paints will be released individually in July, with UK stock available around September. So I've gone with Tamiya paints for this one. Thanks for the info.
  4. Ok thanks again, I'll try my LHS tomorrow.
  5. Great, thanks a lot. The designations are different from in your thread, are they the same paints or are they the "air" variants, or something else? Your model looks superb.
  6. Guys, I'm going to build an FW190, with the RLM 74, 75, 76 scheme (Grey Violet, Grey Green, Light Blue). I've seen some completed models using Vallejo RLM colours, and the contrast between the 74 and 75 was poor - they looked almost the same colour. I'd like a bit more contrast with mine. Can anyone tell me which paints - preferably from the Vallejo or Tamiya ranges - would do the job? Thanks!
  7. Thanks for that, so I guess it's not some error in my technique or a faulty batch. I was using Tamiya Fine Surface Primer (White), which usually seems fine with most paint types. I suppose Mr. Paint is not really suitable for large areas - it could get very expensive based on my experience. I think becasue it's a satin rather than a matt finish on these particular coulours, it isn't helping with coverage.
  8. I got the Mr.Paint Basic White and RAL Flourescent Red yesterday. To be honest I'm not very impressed: Despite shaking the bottles for several minutes, and agitating them with a dropper before airbrushing, they are so thin that the white is like spraying milk. Pretty much no depth of pigment even over white primer. The red is spot-on in terms of colour, but again it would take litres of the stuff to finish my 1:12 scale F1 car. I've used about half a bottle per colour on a test piece, and they are still nowhere near solid colours. Also noticed this morning a slightly textured finish as if they have attacked the plastic in places. I've sent a message to them asking for advice, but I doubt I will use them again, certainly not on this MP4/6 model.
  9. Thanks for the kind words George. Overall it was a fun build and a big learning experience.
  10. Sorry for the thread bump! I've been struggling to find the correct colour for a 1:12 F1 car I'm building. It's a flourescent red (Marlboro McLaren red/orange). Someone on a car forum found the exact RAL code for this colour, so I put a request on Mr.Paint's Facebook page. Within about an hour, I got a reply that the paint would be available on around 2 weeks. Somewhat skeptical, I checked 2 weeks later and found the exact RAL flourescent red had been mixed and was available to buy. I've ordered 2 bottles, and some white, and am waiting for delivery. That's pretty impressive service! I hope the paint turns out to be just as good; I'm sure it will be.
  11. Got 1st in class at IPMS Huddersfield show today, very pleased with that!
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