How to Paint the 1/72 Revell U-Boat

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How to Paint the 1/72 Revell U-Boat
Painting models is easier when a white base coat is applied to the model first. (paint brush to paint big parts image by Ramona smiers from

U-boats were the German submarines during both world wars. Revell sells a 1/72 scale model of a Type VIIc U-boat that needs to be built and painted. U-Boats Type VIIc were built throughout WWII, and no specific paint scheme was used. The basic paint scheme was similar for U-boats, but a camouflage and rust pattern can be adapted to your liking, or use historical records to reproduce a specific submarine.

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Things you need

  • Light, medium and dark acrylic grey paint
  • Large and small brush
  • White spray acrylic paint
  • Off white acrylic paint
  • Paper towel

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  1. 1

    Use a can of white acrylic spray paint and paint the boat from 6 to 12 inches away. Let the paint dry.

  2. 2

    Use a large brush to paint the underbelly of the U-boat up to the middle of the ballasts system on each side of the boat using a medium grey paint. Let the paint dry.

  3. 3

    Use a large brush to paint the side of the boat as well as the sail and gun using a light grey paint. Let the paint dry.

  4. 4

    Use a dark grey paint and paint the deck of the submarine. Let the paint dry.

  5. 5

    Apply the markings on the hull of the U-boat.

  6. 6

    Dip a large brush in light grey paint and wipe off most of the paint with a paper towel. Brush the deck lightly to give it a rough look. This technique is called dry brushing.

  7. 7

    Take a small brush and use the dry brush technique with deep red and browns to add rust between the steel panels of the model submarine.

  8. 8

    Use off white paint and a small brush to paint the cord on the top of the sail.

  9. 9

    Spray the boat using a can of clear matt finish to protect the paint.

Tips and warnings

  • Drying time will vary based on your climate.
  • Make sure not to overdo the rust effect.
  • Avoid painting in an area that is not well ventilated.

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