Paint Page

Here's some information on the model paints I've used.

Company Comments Pros Cons Links

Lifecolor

An Italian concern that produce matt and gloss acrylic paints that cover a wide range of colours for aircraft and a somewhat smaller range for vehicle, uniforms and ships. Some are available in sets of six paints covering a specific topic, such as British armour in North Africa or Italian infantry.
I use them for my Regia Aeronautica aircraft and some of my Regio Esercito vehicles.
⚬ Little smell.
⚬ Dilutes with water.
⚬ Drys quickly.
⚬ Bottles don't dry out.
⚬ Extensive range of of colours within extensive ranges.
⚬ Not widely available.
List of individual colours
List of sets
Lifecolor website.

Xtracrylix

A range of gloss acrylic paints from Hannants, following on from their successful Xtracolor enamel range. The range covers British, American and German aircraft colours and a range of paints for AFVs. It took me a little while to appreciate these paints but now I use them for all my British and German WWII aircraft. ⚬ Little smell.
⚬ Dilutes with water.
⚬ Drys quickly.
⚬ Bottles don't dry out.
⚬ Extensive range of of colours within the ranges.
⚬ Being gloss the decals are easily arranged
⚬ Drys quickly, sometimes on the brush.
⚬ Lack of other countries colours, such as Japan, USSR etc.
⚬ Not widely available.
List of individual colours
Hannants home page

Revell
Aqua Color

A range of Gloss, Metallic, Matt & Silk Matt acrylic paints. ⚬ Little smell.
⚬ Dilutes with water.
⚬ Drys quickly.
⚬ Tubs don't dry out.
Being German range, it's not always easy to equate the colours to your requirements,even when given the RAL number. List of individual colours
Revell Aqua Color home page

Tamiya

A range of Gloss, Metallic, Matt & Semi-gloss acrylic paints. ⚬ Widely available
⚬ Strong smell
⚬ Pots dry out quickly
List of individual colours
Tamiya USA home page

Acrylicos Vallejo

A range of Gloss, Metallic, Matt & Semi-gloss acrylic paints. ⚬ Very large range
⚬ Eye dropper controls amount used
⚬ Confusing naming system, difficult to work out what colour to use.
⚬ Paint comes off easily
List of individual Game Colors colours
List of individual Model Air colours
List of individual Model Colors colours
List of individual Panzer Aces colours
Acrylicos Vallejo's homepage

Humbrol

A range of Gloss, Metallic, Matt & Semi-gloss acrylic paints. ⚬ Widely available
List of individual colours
Humbrol Acrylics homepage