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How to Paint Airfix Models

Updated April 17, 2017

Airfix models are a worldwide hobby, collected and built by millions of people. The premise of an Airfix model is to assemble it from the pieces according to the instructions and then paint the model to replicate a real life object or machine. Once the model is painted, there are usually decal stickers that are attached at the very end of the project. Painting Airfix models is not difficult, although it can be very intricate.

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  1. Choose the correct paint for your model. Enamel or acrylic paints are the most commonly used in model painting. Acrylic paint dries faster but enamel paint is more durable.

  2. Assemble the main part of the model but leave the tiny pieces attached to the plastic appendage frame. Painting the tiny pieces while they are still attached to the frame makes it easier to keep them in place and prevent loss of any smaller pieces.

  3. Use a small, delicate paint brush with a fine point to paint the tiny parts of the model. The tiny pieces must be painted as accurately as possible so that the finished article looks as exact as possible in comparison to the original machine or object.

  4. Let the smaller objects dry completely before detaching them from the frame and attaching them to the model. Before attaching them, scrape any excess paint from the gluing surface.

  5. Paint the large body of the model with the midsize paint brush using soft brush strokes to achieve a smooth finish. It is possible to use a small spray gun to paint Airfix models if you have the equipment.

  6. Use the bowl of water to dampen and attach the decals to complete your Airfix model, then allow them to dry.

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Things You'll Need

  • Airfix model
  • Suitable Airfix paint
  • Bowl of water
  • Midsize paint brush
  • Small paint brush

About the Author

Jackie Michael has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her work has appeared on various websites, including and CarsDirect. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology from East London University.

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