For several years now I have been
using Tamiya paints as my primary airbrushing medium. These
paints store well, can be thinned with isopropyl alcohol (91%
recommended), dry quickly, and leave a smooth durable finish.
About the only drawback is that colors must often be custom
mixed. To make the best of the situation, I usually mix up more
than I think I'll need to get through a project. Nothing worse
than running out of a 3-combination mix and then trying to make
sure you mix up the next batch exactly the same to match the
Here are some color mixes you may
find helpful for German WWII colors.
RLM 02--> XF22: 1 + XF49:1
RLM 65--> XF23:1 + XF02:1
RLM 70--> XF27
RLM 71--> XF 62:1 + XF49:1
RLM 73 XF24:2 + XF27:3, lightened with a touch of white
RLM 74--> XF24:3 + XF27:2
RLM 75--> XF24:5 + XF50:1
RLM 76--> XF02:7 + XF23:1 + XF66:2
RLM 79--> XF59:3 + XF64:1
RLM 80--> XF58
RLM 81--> XF51:1 + XF64:2
RLM 82--> XF05 or XF05:1 + XF02:1???
RLM 83--> XF61 or XF24:1 + XF51:1???
I THINK that all of these come
from Tamiya instructions sheets with the exception of RLM 73,
which is a custom "blend" that I developed. One other
point is that scale effect is not taken into account in these
color combinations. You may find that you need to lighten the
base shade considerably with white to achieve a color that looks
right in 1/48, and even more in 1/72.