Military Model Kits
Military model kits allow you to build replicas of warships, aircraft, tanks, and other equipment. There are building sets to cater to various difficulty levels from beginner to professional. There are also accessories to complement the plastic models.How do you paint military models?
Painting your miniature military vehicle is one way to improve its appearance and add further realism. Some manufacturers recommend specific products for certain model kits. Enamel and acrylic paints are usually the most suitable types for decorating plastic models. For a good-looking kit:
- Use nontoxic, water-soluble, and fast-drying paint to color your mock-up truck, aircraft, or ship. A soft, natural brush will help you to reach every part of your replica vehicle.
- Before painting, ensure that the surfaces are clean by wiping your kit with soapy water to eliminate dirt, fingerprints, and grease.
- Mix the paint with water and stir vigorously for the perfect blend.
- Practice your brush strokes on the inner components before painting the whole tank.
- Set the finished replica on a flat base so that you can paint it without touching it. Leave your scale model kit to dry.
Decals make miniatures look as similar to the originals as possible. From manufacturer names like Kenworth, Camaro, and Impala, to registration names to national emblems, you can personalize your armored tank or truck in many ways. To attach a decal:
- Fill a small container with warm water then dip the sticker gently in it for a few seconds. Remove the sticker and place it on a towel. Leave it for 15 seconds so that the backing paper can separate from the label.
- Use tweezers to remove the label from the backing paper, and then transfer it carefully onto the model.
- Note that with some components you may have to place the label before assembling the unit.
Weathering is another way to detail your scale plastic kit to achieve a realistic feel. By adding different colored pigments and patterns, you can make your tank look like it just emerged from war. You can opt to weather certain parts such as the wheels or the whole unit. Pick the camouflage colors and patterns you want before getting started.
- Begin by applying abrasive to joint lines to hide them. If you did any sanding on the replica, ensure that there is no residue.
- Spray the parts with an undercoat, specifically a primer, because it allows paint to bind to the surface. Also, if there are gaps in the plastic model, the primer will seal them.
- Next comes the filter color, which is the addition of another color to provide an overtone to the base. Generally, the filter color has to be heavily diluted and thinner than paint to achieve the right contrast. You can use an airbrush or a brush to apply the filter.
- When weathering a wheel, use a traditional wash after the base coat to define the rims and bolts. A pin wash also adds a look of wear.
- A modeler building a diorama can add pigments once the surface is dry to match plastic military model kits to the groundwork.