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Humbrol Enamels for Spitfires

March 21 2012 at 12:03 PM

Matt  (Login Kriegmeister23)
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Hello all. Having recently seen some excellent results on friends' models using Humbrols, I am tempted to give them a shot. I happen to have recently stripped a Tamiya Spitfire Mk.Vb, with the intent of re-painting it as a 303 (Polish) RAF machine.

Two questions:

- Which are the proper colours to use in the Humbrol line for a standard RAF Gray/Green over Gray machine; and
- does lacquer thinner work well to thin them for airbrushing?



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Green , John
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March 21 2012, 12:23 PM 

Humbrol colours are as follows :

Ocean Grey . 106
Dark Green . 163 or 116 . 163 is satin , 116 is matt , so use whichever you prefer
Medium Sea Grey . 165
Sky (for fuselage band & spinner) . 90
Yellow (for leading edges) 24

Some of these may not be 100% acurate , but they're the nearest ones .

Yes , you can thin them with lacquer thinners .

John Green
Cheshire , UK

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Pete Morrison
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I agree with John's suggested Humbrol colour choices

March 21 2012, 2:26 PM 

However, I have always (since 1979) used white spirit (mineral spirits) as a thinner for Humbrol enamels with no problems, and consistent results, for both airbrushing and hand-painting. I've been happy enough not to bother trying lacquer thinners, so can't comment on its applicability or otherwise.

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Lee Griffin
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I'd certainly be inclined to use something besides lacquer thinner for brush painting...

March 21 2012, 2:30 PM 

Mineral spirits or petroleum based "paint thinner" would be a better choice, in my opinion, for brush painting than lacquer thinner. Lacquer thinner, of course, will attack polystyrene. I'd be careful with that.


Lee G.

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Larry Schmidt
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Testors Thinner

March 21 2012, 3:03 PM 

I brush paint Humbrol and Xtracolor, and I thin paint when necessary with Testors Thinner as it what I can get locally. It works just fine. Gloss stays gloss, flat stays flat. Adios, Larry.

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John Healy
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Same here! I use 106, 116, 165, and 90. For the green, I like......

March 21 2012, 11:15 PM 

the 116 as it dries faster then satin 163.

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