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Good Day

 

I am busy building the Bluenose by Amati. I'm new to ship modelling and are gettting all the tools ect as the need arises. So, here is the thing; Im looking ahead at the painting on the bluenose and all the accents. Now I know the hull to be black, white and red, however, Im not sure on what type (Acrylic or Enamel), what shades of the colors to use and should I use Matt or Gloss? 

Does the wood need to be primed before it can be painted?

 

If anyone has built this model before (as many has) could you please advise on what paints was used ect. I want this model to look as close to the original as possible.

 

Thanking everybody in advance for their help and advice.

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Hi Jack:

 

    Use acrylic paint and yes, I would prime first and sand to remove any imperfections. Stick with a medium gloss or even high gloss as the finish will really pop out. You probably see a numbers of builds on this site. What is the name on you kit. Plank or solid. Pat Skiff Lake NB

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Capt. Jack - I used Testors Model Master acrylics in painting Bluenose.  Four colors - Insignia Red, Blue Angels Yellow, Flat Black, and Flat White.  I did prime and sand the surfaces before applying final coats.

 

I recommend flat paints as they tend to scale better.  Gloss paints will pop, but to my eye they look a bit unrealistic.

 

Bob

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On 1/20/2017 at 4:23 AM, bhermann said:

Capt. Jack - I used Testors Model Master acrylics in painting Bluenose.  Four colors - Insignia Red, Blue Angels Yellow, Flat Black, and Flat White.  I did prime and sand the surfaces before applying final coats.

 

I recommend flat paints as they tend to scale better.  Gloss paints will pop, but to my eye they look a bit unrealistic.

 

Bob

What primer did you use for the Model Masters?

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On 1/20/2017 at 10:53 PM, bhermann said:

Capt. Jack - I used Testors Model Master acrylics in painting Bluenose.  Four colors - Insignia Red, Blue Angels Yellow, Flat Black, and Flat White.  I did prime and sand the surfaces before applying final coats.

 

I recommend flat paints as they tend to scale better.  Gloss paints will pop, but to my eye they look a bit unrealistic.

 

Bob

I realise it's probably of little use now, but someone might like my advice. I agree with Bob ,sailing vessels of older vintage like Bluenose etc would have always been painted in flat paints ( although even so called flat paint will sometimes have a 5-10% sheen) I just think like Bob flat paints give a more realistic look.

 

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I concur with others, the only time I gave used gloss paint on any model is either a model car or to represent glass. Otherwise, to me, a gloss model looks toy like. I prefer to brush paint with enamels or oils, much longer drying time. If you wait until a flat enamel has fully cured, a light rubbing with a lint free cloth will give a nice "sheen".

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