HOW TO Mix custoM colors
What’s the easiest way to make a brown?
Mix a primary color with its complementary color. You can add
green to red, orange to blue, or purple to yellow. Each combination
produces a different color brown, so, here again, experiment with
small amounts to zero in on the color combination and ratio
What’s the easiest way to make a gray?
Mixing black and white doesn’t usually give you a good start for
scale gray colors. Mix some orange (or yellow and red) with a blue,
then add some white. You’ll always want more blue than orange,
but experiment with the amount of white that you use. You can
also mix blue with a dark earth color.
Why do my tertiary colors keep turning out muddy?
If you mix too many colors together, you’ll simply get a nice mud
color. If your gray or brown doesn’t come out right, just start over
instead of adding more colors in the hope that it will work out.
Mixing colors is not just reserved for scale modelers. Mixing
PAinting Your Model
colors also helps when you want to paint an engine cowl or some
wheel pants to match the rest of your film-covered sport plane.
Just a little color tweak will sometimes make all the difference in
the world. There really is a method to all this color madness, and
once you learn the basics, you’ll soon be able to duplicate any color
that you need. Just like anything else worth doing right, all it takes
is a little practice and know-how.
One basic rule that you should always follow when painting a
model is to apply light colors first and then add the darker ones.
This usually means that you first apply the light underside pale
blue or light gray color. Next apply the lightest of the top surface
colors, followed by the darker ones. As an example, when
painting an Me 109G in a European or Mediterranean scheme, first
paint the entire plane in the light blue eggshell color, then add
the medium gray, followed by the dark green gray. If you paint
light-colored aircraft markings and insignias, follow a similar
procedure: First apply the marking color, mask off the numbers
and insignias, then apply the other colors. When you remove
the mask, the lighter insignia color will be revealed. Make sure
that you use a good-quality automotive masking tape. Like
anything else in this hobby, it takes time and practice to perfect
And by the way, color matching isn’t just for the outer colors.
The colors of the interior cockpit, exposed engine parts, and even
the wheel-well interiors all need to be properly matched to your
To place well in scale competition, fully half of your
score is earned on the static judging table.