Bring on the brush!
Painting can be one of the most rewarding aspects of a build, with the potential to transform a monotone model into a technicolour delight.
ABOVE: Basic painting tools are the respective enamel or acrylic colours, a brush, thinners and a mixing palette.
By this stage of a project, the main fuselage/hull will be completed, so the next step is to add colour. As with many aspects of the hobby, prior preparation is key, and we’ll cover this before addressing how to hand paint the model, and then introduce the airbrush, to which many builders migrate (airbrushing will be explored in greater depth in an accompanying series later this year). In addition to the paints, thinners and brushes, other items that will be useful are a mixing palette, low-tack tape (for masking), disposable gloves (to protect your hands) and a face mask/respirator (for use when airbrushing).