Airplane Model Paint Choices

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Aircraft model paints come in a variety of hues and shades. Many of these military aircraft model paints have historically been used by the armed services in air campaigns around the world. Military aircraft model paints have always been well represented, from early World War I painting techniques to the original colors painted on Spitfire fighter planes during World War II. Nowadays, different shades and hues of military aircraft model paints continue to be used. From traditional blues and whites to different shades of green and bright red, aircraft model paints continue to be an iconic part of model airplane hobbyists’ lives.

How to Find Airplane Model Paint

Military aircraft model paints often come in two types: oil paints and thin coats. Oil paint dries fairly quickly and is applied with a brush. Thin coats of paint are applied with a paint gun, although thin coatings of paint are available for use with some airbrush machines.

Both types of paints can be combined to provide a certain effect, and thin and fast-drying acrylic type paints make for very good emulsions and dust control properties. Other popular choices among hobbyists include metallic paints, which simulate metal surfaces; and enamel paints, which mimic the characteristics of aluminum. There are also water-based paints, called dry-transfer paints, which are extremely dry hard, and strong. In addition, there are spray paints, which are more water-soluble and do not need additional additives to achieve a certain color. There are spray paints that have various degrees of viscosity from very soft to very thick.

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