How to Paint the 1/72 Revell U-Boat

Written by andrea helaine | 13/05/2017
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 Fotolia.com)

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.

Things you need

  • Light, medium and dark acrylic grey paint

  • Large and small brush

  • White spray acrylic paint

  • Off white acrylic paint

  • Paper towel

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Tips

  • Drying time will vary based on your climate.

Warnings

  • Make sure not to overdo the rust effect. Avoid painting in an area that is not well ventilated.

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.

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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