During the build of this 1:8 scale Back to the Future DeLorean partwork model, I have used different paints, markers, washes, and powders to add some additional color to the model and correct some inaccuracies versus The ‘A’ Car. Recently, a visitor comment asked if I could share a list of what I used during construction, so here we are!
Each builder is different, and my choices below are not the only options, so feel free to do your model any way you like. These are merely what I thought would help spruce up my own model. I have included links to the products (but you can likely get them anywhere hobby supplies are sold) and links to the issues where I used them. This page will be updated throughout the build.
I prefer to use acrylic model paints over enamels. Acrylics are water-based, so they are non-toxic, easy to clean up, and can be thinned with water, or with 70% isopropyl alcohol to allow for fast drying. The majority of my paint collection is from Tamiya, but I also have some Model Master and Mission Model paints as well.
|Brand||Product Number & Link||Color||Used in Issue(s)|
|Tamiya||XF-2||Flat White||04, 57|
|Tamiya||Fine Surface Primer||Light Grey||05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12, 14, 29, 33|
|Tamiya||XF-56||Metallic Grey||05, 06, 11, 12, 14, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33|
|Tamiya||X-32||Titanium Silver||05, 06, 12, 14, 17, Wheel Works|
|Model Master||4672||Brass||07, 10, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27, 46|
|Tamiya||XF-16||Flat Aluminum||08, 30, 31, 86|
|Tamiya||XF-1||Flat Black||12, 14, 21, 22|
|Tamiya||XF-85||Rubber Black||44, 69, 73, 121|
|Tamiya||X-26||Clear Orange||67, 71|
|Model Master||4852||Green Zinc Chromate||83|
|Tamiya||XF-3||Flat Yellow||111, 118|
While I occasionally use fine-tip paint brushes to apply paint, most of the time I use my Grex Tritium.TG airbrush system. It is a fantastic product, but if you want the whole Grex GCK03 kit with compressor and accessories, it can cost nearly $400 USD.
There are less expensive airbrush systems out there that can easily do the job, from Master Airbrush, Iwata, Paasche, and so on. However, I wanted the Grex’s dual-action pistol grip (I have big hands) and a quiet, adjustable, and reliable compressor with a built-in air-dryer. This system was recommended to me by a trusted hobby shop owner and I have been very satisfied with it.
I also have a basic Iwata Neo CN airbrush that I use with ‘gummy’ paints (especially metallics) in order to keep that gunk out of the Grex.
I build indoors in a spare bedroom, so I needed someplace I could spray paint without killing myself with fumes and covering everything in over spray. I found this great little Master Airbrush Portable Spray Booth and absolutely love it. It folds up for easy storage and includes a thick filter, decent airflow, LED lighting, turntable, and an external ducting system:
I have found that adding small quick spots of color can easily be achieved using a variety of permanent markers. And, with the multitude of colors available (especially the metallics), we can really add some nice details along the way.
|Brand||Tip||Color & Product Link||Used in Issue(s)|
|Sharpie||Fine Point||Black||42, 46, 54, 57, 82, 87, 106, EL Light Mod|
|Sharpie||Fine Point||Metallic Silver||43, 45, 48, 57, 59, 83, 100, 102, 109, 112, 125, 131, 134, 147|
|Sharpie||Fine Point||Metallic Gold||46, 54, 57, 59, 81, 87, 137, 140, 143, 147|
|Sharpie||Fine Point||Metallic Bronze||54, 57, 83, 137, 140, 143, 147|
I do not use color washes often, but they are useful if you want to bring out subtle contrast in recessed details. They are applied straight from the bottle and seep into cracks and crevices. Once it dries a bit, you can wipe off the excess with water or alcohol.
|Brand||Number||Color||Used in Issue(s)|
|Vallejo Game Wash - Black||73.201||Black||44|
Powders are almost exclusively used for weathering, damage, or heat marks, but I also use them to add a color tint to otherwise dull details:
|Brand||Set||Color||Used in Issue(s)|
|Tamiya||D||Oil Stain||53, 125|
|Tamiya||B||Rust||120, 125, 126|
|Tamiya||B||Soot||120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126|
|Tamiya||B||Snow||125 (on the large curved black hoses around the reactor)|