Painting the Asuka Sherman Firefly – 1/35 Scale Model


hey Owen here and today I’m going to be painting and adding the D calls to my 135th scale Tamia Sherman Firefly before assembling the kit I had washed the parts in warm soapy water to help the paint stick I had also started some pre shading of the darkest areas with humbrol 33 black thinned one part thinner to six parts paint both which parts were primed with fortress special metals primer this allowed the paint to bond well to the brass I had to buy white as it was the only color the shop provided but gray would have been a best choice if it had been available the whole model was given a coat of humbrol 86 light olive which I thinned one part in Amal thinners to 7 part enamel paint the thinned paint and wide brush makes brushstrokes invisible after a few coats the turret was painted with a thinner brush so I could get into all the tight spaces humbrol 34 white was thinned to a nice consistency and applied on the upwards facing surfaces of the model to create a lighter look to the most exposed areas I applied another coat of thinned humbrol 33 black to the downwards facing darkest areas of the model I left the underside black as there would be hardly any light underneath the tank to see a green color in real life the model was given another coat of Humbrol 86 thin to the same ratio as before one part thinner to seven parts paint between each coat of paint I was leaving 24 hours to allow the paint to cure fully here I’m applying a final coat of homra 86 thinned this time to a ratio of one part thinner to four parts paint to make sure the white pre-shading blends in smoothly the acrylic Conville 86 i bought was worryingly not the same shade as the enamel version so i had to mix in a lot of humble 24 Trainor yelling I made sure it was slightly lighter than the shades of green already applied the aim was to create subtle streaking and discoloration to make the model look more realistic I finless to a ratio of one part water the two parts acrylic paint I used a cotton bud to blend patches on top and a thin brush to create streaks down the sides here I’ve mixed some humbrol 34 white with the 86 and 24 mixture to create some lighter streaking here I’ve mixed Humbrol 2486 and 34 together roughly to get a variety of random shades for the discoloration and streaking this was all thinned down a lot with water I tried to build up lots of slightly different shades to give it a natural and not uniform look I mixed humbrol 33 with humbrol 32 dark gray to paint the rubber tires the paint was thin with the usual ratio of one part thinner to seven parts paint [Music] here I have thinned down PVA glue with water and applied it to the areas where the decals will go this will create a glossy coat which will stop the decals from silvering make sure you check the instructions for the placement of the decals as I am making painting and marking scheme a and for other schemes the decals may be applied in different areas the decals were held in warm water for 12 seconds and applied with micro set D core solution see my video on how to apply decals for more information there are links in the description and in the cards I cut the center’s out of the yellow triangles to stop there being a possibility of silvering occurring luckily there was no silvering and the decals were very good quality there are decals to make four different marking schemes once the decals have been left for a few hours I applied a coat of micro Sol decal solution to help them conform to the plastic the decals were finally sealed with a coat of thinned matte varnish to protect them and to remove the shine from the PVA glue once the varnish had fully cured I watered down some humbrol 117 us light green and painted it over the decals to tone them down a bit the tools were painted home roll 33 black and then painted with the colors indicated on screen I decided to go with a darker silver and a darker brown than the instructions recommended and I then painted some of the metal parts green as I imagined that the crew wouldn’t want shiny tools attracting attention to their vehicle I have no idea if this is historically accurate but I’m not really bothered about historical accuracy the tools were attached with PVA glue instead of poly cement glue as to use poly cement glue and I would have had to have scratched the paint off the model for the pass to stick the tracks were base coated in thinned home roll 33 black enamel paint this stood really well to the tracks and I wish the tracks on all models were this good I mixed humbrol 160 German camouflage red brown and humbrol 33 black to make the dark iron color for the tracks I applied this with an almost stippling motion lighter shades were created by adding more humbrol 160 to the mix and this created some nice discoloration I’ll continue to build up the effect in the weathering video the extra track sections were assembled with PVA glue so I didn’t have to remove the paint they were then attached and so the model was ready for weathering [Music] so here is I am really happy with how this is turning out so far I think the subtle streaking and discoloration really make it look quite realistic I don’t know how much depreciating added to that as usual it kind of got covered up a bit and by everything else on top of it apart from on the bottom obviously it’s still quite black the decals were excellent they’re really quite thin and they’ve conformed nicely they look great they’re good quality it was definitely worth putting that green over them to tone them down a bit in the last video some people commenting because they were concerned about me attaching the photo etched parts with PVA glue so far I’ve had no problem with those has been absolutely fine the PVA glue has held up really well so some people may have noticed that early on in the video the search light disappeared that was because I dropped the turret upside down backs it snapped off but I’ll glue that on later so I think it’s quite easy to get carried away and create really contrasting models but I think actually is more realistic if you do it quite subtly in low contrast and I’m quite proud of my restraint and I’m definitely very pleased with how this turned out so up next is obviously the weathering I think I’m going to keep this to a minimum because I don’t want to overdo it and I like how it’s looking already I’ll probably just add some dust or something to it so anyway I hope you enjoyed this video thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the weathering video which is up next you

93 comments

  • Isaac Ike

    Nice video

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  • Jack Keville

    Its impressive that you get such great results with a brush, it's quite inspiring 😉

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  • Saeeda Khatoon

    y didn't u attached the tracks?

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  • 9527 Hk

    Nice+++++AAAA

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  • Onur Erdincler

    hey owen i got a question. Since you usually mix paints to get the desired color when you have to apply 3-4 coats of paint and have to wait approx 1 day for each coat to dry how can you consistently apply the same color? Doesnt the paint get dry in the pallet

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  • FineKits

    Looks awesome!

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  • Simple models

    Painting turned out great! 🙂

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  • The British Modeller

    Fantastic 🙂

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  • jack lo

    can do the tank model scales gor 1/72?

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  • Ian Carter

    Another great video and very inspiring. You mentioned tool colours. Virtually always they were painted the same colour as the vehicle. As the vehicle got painted so did the tools, all with the same paint. You will, however, see the tools painted in brown for the wood and silver, gun metal or black for the metal parts on most models, if for nothing else than a contrast in color. This is also perpetuated by re-enactors who like the look of the look of the difference also. Keep up the videos they are really very good and educational. You get amazing results without the use of an airbrush.

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  • BladeRicsi

    great video again 🙂

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  • COMICS MUSIC

    pretty painting..and don't need airbrush ! 🙂 Good job ! 🙂

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  • Christian Barker

    Looks great!

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  • Polish Modeling

    nice!

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  • Anthony Brown

    good work Owen

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  • Jaden Stookey

    I like this model it is very well detailed for a 1 48 scale. also,

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  • Ties Oosterhuis

    Really nice paint job! 🙂

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  • Panzer Picture

    Another great video, and it's astonishing how great you are getting with a brush, it's getting to levels you don't need a airbrush anymore.

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  • Kamil Rumiński

    Great video!

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  • Halo Glint

    was you at war and peace?

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  • sekytwo

    for not using a paint brush its looking really good bro!

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  • Joshua sanders

    Nice video, but why do you not use airbrushes

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  • Maxime LENORMAND

    Once again great video Owen 🙂
    I'm really looking forward for the weathering video, but I'm sure you alreday know that 😉

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  • rio bieganski-boyer

    Could you maybe do a video on painting figures as I need some advice

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  • PanzermansBunker

    Good job Owen. On monochromatic surfaces, a dot filter works well. Multi color dots are applied, then with a solvent they are streaked out. This gives subtle tone variations to the surface. Just a suggestion.Bill.

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  • Joe's Model Kits

    Nice one Owen, you have done a great job on the Sherman, well done mate.

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  • Steven Crowley

    Your videos are great Owen. Keep it up! Really helpful for a beginner like myself.

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  • GT Scale Modelling

    Looks excellent Owen. The subtle tonal variations are very nicely done indeed, good work! What are you going to study at Uni btw? I hope that you are looking forward to it, Uni is a great experience, enjoy it!

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  • John Kelley

    Another good looking model Owen! I like the white and black pre-shading you used. I will have to try that myself.

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  • Sherbir Singh

    Great video. Liked the brush paint. I love to paint by hand too. Waiting to see the finished version. Well made so far

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  • Jan V

    another Fantastic Job here so far! i really learn a lot from all of youre video's and like to thank you again. all of the People i know Are airbrushing by now, i Just Love to use the brush. you Are really showing me that it can be done so Nice with Just the brush! Big thanks here from Holland!!!! 🙂

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  • Alex Pontes

    Congratz.

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  • Cyphine

    looks amazing dude!

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  • Torin Boyd

    Brilliant video as always! The streaking looks very good!

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  • Sam Vireakboth

    Nice paint job Owen,it's rare to find people who paint their plastic models using brushes and not airbrushes.

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  • The Flames are up

    I can make cardbord tanks

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  • Jwend392

    Now, when I did a similar M4A4 Sherman, I painted the road wheel assemblys before I glued them on the tank. However it looks like you managed it quite well. Looks amazing, Owen! Can't wait to see the finished model!

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  • TacticalJackalope

    Very interesting results you achieved although it seems almost heresy to not use an airbrush on such a fine kit…lol. The build looks great don't get me wrong but it is next to impossible to use a preshading or postshading method without an airbrush that will let you regulate the amount of paint you can put down which will be microns thin. Your production quality is of course first rate as always and most impressive. This kit is now unobtanium btw long discontinued from Tamiya and it will not come back from my understanding. I may have mentioned this before but it is not necessary to "wash" your sprue's on most modern kits. Especially from Japanese makers that remove the mold release prior to boxing the kit. Perhaps on some Airfix kits or some of the more questionable eastern European makers this might be necessary but specifically nothing coming from Japan.

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  • Vortex

    really good looking model, I like it!

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  • Khalid Fadhlan.H

    on 5:10 you actually wright its true that shiny tool would make them killed, btw good job 👍👍

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  • Sondersly

    Wwwwaiitt a second, Loving the build but i dont think British Fireflies were painted as American tanks 😉 Good Work Owen, i want to finish my Stug IV now 🙂

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  • shadok

    My friends keep repeating "Buy an airbrush it'll look better" I guess I just need to get to the same skill level as you. Excellent video, really enjoyed it.

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  • TheEvilCarrot

    Once again great work, Owen. I like the idea of attaching the tools with PVA after painting but I'm wondering how strong connection is. I'd be afraid they would come loose by simply breathing on them. How strong would you say the bond is?

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  • avgeek aviator

    nice video lesson

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  • Zammpie

    Nice result. Your Sherman will look great when it's finished.

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  • ItalTube

    Look great! I suggest you to complete the job with an enamel wash, maybe dark brown, and a bit of cipping!

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  • Andrzej Gulik

    Another small masterpice will rise 🙂 You still amazing me with no using airbrush m8 😀

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  • KB23

    You did a great build and paint off one off my favourite tanks

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  • rio bieganski-boyer

    Ah ok, maybe as a different idea you could do video on making dioramas

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  • Bertie

    Well done once again on another great video 🙂 I'm surprised at how much I've picked up on your techniques and explanations. I'd love to see a Junkers Stuka dive bomber or maybe even the tank buster variant. If you by chance decide to do the tank buster, by all means avoid Revell's kit because it is truly horrible. Although it's unlikely you will, I'm just letting you know X) Looking forward to the next one.

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  • Spymerd S

    You should make a tutorial for properly rescribing panel lines after sanding because whenever I try using my knife, the cut is always very thin unlike the rest of the line.

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  • CyberWolf132

    Great painting you are just amazing you are the best!!!!

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  • JUN H

    Do you wear any respirator mask at all during the painting process?
    Sorry if this is a silly question but I am quite new to painting using enamels.

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  • Giorgos Chrysochoos

    Well done! I was a bit worried that you might've used an airbrush, I'm glad that I was wrong. Paintbrush all the way with colour modulation on top! Keep up the good work.

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  • TheWaggishAmerican

    Hey Quickkits! Are you going to make any videos about diorama making, or small scale (1/72-1/76) AFV dioramas?

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  • TheWaggishAmerican

    Also, if you were building a tank painted a lighter color, such as a red/white/blue or gold scheme, would you use the same thinned black/white paints, it would you use a different color set?

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  • TheWaggishAmerican

    And lastly, does this technique work on small scale tanks? (1/76) Sirry for all the questions, I kept thinking of more after asking :p

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  • Micah Trit

    Hey, great video! I'm a beginner modeler and I'm wondering if enamel paints can be thinned with mineral turpentine instead of white spirits or enamel thinners. I am new to scale modeling and your tips are extremely helpful. Thanks heaps! 🙂

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  • Riff

    Wow!  Impressive.

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  • Ethan T

    Will you do a video on painting figures in general? I'd love to see your method for dealing with faces and shading and such. Excellent video, thanks!

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  • Athir ww

    That was an impressive job u did on that sherman! I cant wait fr the weathering vid. By the way, what paint to thinner ratio u cld recommend for some humbrol enamel paints(especially the newer ones) as my humbrol enamel 27 was more like a paste than paint when i first opened the bottle(the 7:1 paint to thinner ratio barely worked on it)

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  • Anirudh Madri

    Hey Owen! Do all airfix kits come with poly cement and paint and brushes?

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  • Anirudh Madri

    and you are the master at painting

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  • The pointless Gamer

    Do a Lancaster bomber

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  • Sam Mckenzie

    Another amazing build Owen

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  • Walter Van Vooren

    very realistic paint color!!british canadian forces dont use olive drab as the american's do!thanks for your great video 🙂

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  • kaysee88

    LOL if i didn't see this video, i would have thought that your paintwork took maybe 16 steps, instead of the 237 that you made ;D

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  • NADI ART-TOYS

    i waiting this video and it's great

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  • Akio Minsk

    make a F6F Hellcat timelapse build please :3

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  • vodka guy

    looks Amazing! Great job there!

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  • Vortex Gaming567

    if you want a challenge then try the hobbyboss german 1/76 "dora"

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  • Papa Chrisu's Pizzeria

    @Quick Kits i have a question decal sheet got knocked into water they have dried now but can they still be used

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  • Philip Sowerby

    These are great videos and really inspiring for someone new to modelling like me. The simple format and your calm tone of voice makes it seem accessible and I appreciate your honesty in still learning. I also like that you have stuck to brush painting as I want to put together a few kits before deciding if I want to try airbrushing.

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  • Tommy Lakasi

    do i buy red micro solution or blue micro solution. i am just starting out here

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  • Johnny

    hi Owen could you tell me what large paint brush you use?
    Thank you
    Johnny

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  • Johnny

    hi Owen could you use humbrol acrylics to pre shade over humbrol enamels? ?
    Johnny:)

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  • RolosReviews

    Hi Owen. I have a quick question. I've been using revell thinners on my Humbrol paints and it's been working fine but I have been told that it doesn't work well. Would you recommend me to get some humbrol thinners for the humbrol paints? Many thanks 🙂

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  • Jack Hazel

    Build some Warships please! I would recommend Airfix's type 45 destroyer, or for more of a challenge HMS Warspite

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  • Karl Fairburne

    Awesome work sir

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  • fdrum bdrum

    i painted my rubber tracks with black enamel pait and they are all sticky. do you know why?

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  • Los Daniellos B

    you are painting your models without an airbrish. how come you are getting so good results with a brush only?

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  • KEM451

    Excellent brush work!!! FYI, for lengths of photo etch over two inches you should use PVA glue like you did rather than cyanoacrylate (CA) glue. The photo etch brass and the plastic have different contraction and expansion rates. If by chance your model were ever exposed to temperature fluctuations like Summer and Winter temps sitting to close to a window or by an air conditioner and heater, the lengthy photo etch pieces such as the mud-shields brackets "could" pop off if attached with the rigid CA glue rather than the more elastic PVA glue. Beautiful model; well done!

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  • Jaden Stookey

    I would suggest putting decal solutions on right after decal is placed rather than waiting a few hours, it leaves a better finish in my opinion.

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  • POINT BLANK

    Great result with brush. I suggest u to buy Tamiya weathering master A kit, try it out.

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  • Tommy Lakasi

    at my hobby stores, there are no humbrol acrylics, only tamiya acrylic( WHICH IS HORRIBLE FOR BRUSH PAINTING) model colour acrylic, and hombrol enamel. im aware of humbrols paint quality. im 10 yrs old, should i just risk it and but enamel? or stay with modle colour. when i use model colour, it feels very thin out of the bottle, and it feels like im brushing the model with water. is thi sgood or bad?

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  • Rewolon

    The Sherman firefly looks really good. Good job Owen.

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  • Atomik

    Amazing job, truly.

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  • MoChan.Official

    when you say 1 parts thinner and 7 parts paint. does it mean 1 drop of thinner to 7 drops of paint?

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  • 약쟁이

    why don't you use air brush?

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  • John Burdis

    Great results with the Firefly,Owen. I'll have a go at using pva glue to stick down my photo etch. Pva glue tends to to dry quite hard. Thanks.

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  • Danny McInnis

    If you are using Tamiya, just use NATO Green. It works

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  • Max Morsch

    What are photo-edge parts? Great video by the way as always!👍👍👍😃😃😃

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  • Gopnik Excalibur

    These videos are amazing, they are teaching me stuff with extraordinary techniques and ideas to help with making a great model, videos like this has got me into model all thanks to you and my mother since she also introduced me into art and model building. Keep up the great work you will get a sub.

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