Humbrol Enamels for Spitfires

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Humbrol Enamels for Spitfires

Joined: March 22nd, 2005, 7:19 pm

March 21st, 2012, 4:03 pm #1

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?

Regards,

Matt
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 7:51 pm

March 21st, 2012, 4:23 pm #2

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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Joined: December 4th, 2007, 1:33 am

March 21st, 2012, 6:26 pm #3

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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Joined: April 4th, 2006, 7:00 pm

March 21st, 2012, 6:30 pm #4

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.

Cheers,

Lee G.
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Joined: June 11th, 2011, 9:54 pm

March 21st, 2012, 7:03 pm #5

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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Joined: February 28th, 2005, 2:48 pm

March 22nd, 2012, 3:15 am #6

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
the 116 as it dries faster then satin 163.
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