Mission Model Paint Test

The hobby shop I work at (Schaefer’s Hobby Shop) recently added a new line of paints from Mission Models. Being the type of model builder and artist that I am, I prefer to be familiar with the products I endorse and sell. So, I bought a quick build model kit and set about to testing these new paints.

The MM Grey Primer goes on pretty smoothly. Also, the Clear Primary can be mixed with the intended color paint, such as the Pearl Deep Green in this case, at a 1 to 1 ratio to make a smooth effect, as seen on the windshield in the pics below.

The base coat went on very well. Be sure to give a good shake to get a good mix (even for the primers) as the paints can be a bit watery if not properly mixed. The images below reflect three coats of Olive Drab Faded on top of the Grey Primer.

These paints also mix very well with other acrylic paints. I wanted to use MM’s Gun Metal shade to paint the landing gear struts, engine cowling, and rotor heads and blades, but it came out too shiny in the initial test. I instead mixed the MM with a black crafting paint at a 2 to 1 (MM to CP) ratio mix. The effect came out smooth and almost perfect.

Tires were painted with one coat of the Tire Black. The light effects were painted using a 1 to 1 mix of the clear primer and Pearl Deep Green and the same ratio with Pearl Red. I attempted to paint cockpit lines but the tape I used (Frog Tape) kept pulling previously dried paint away.

Overall, I am impressed with the Mission Model paints. The colors really pop. And, these are far superior paints to any hobby or craft paints I’ve used previously.

My only complaints about the paints would be the nature of the mix, the lack of tape cooperation, and a slightly longer drying time. However, I think the end result is worth the risks.

  • Note 1: any issues with coloring in the above photos are due to lighting source and clearness issues are because of unsteady hands holding the camera.
  • Note 2: I know the right side weapons are installed backwards because of multitasking.

The DeviantArt Gallery of the above pics.


Coronavirus, Humor, and Idiots Sciencing

If there’s a good thing to come out of a situation like the coronavirus, assuming you can see good coming out of something so bad, it’s this: amidst all the panic and fear, humor is alive and well and idiots are still sciencing.

Recently I’ve read articles and newsreports begging people top stop drinking bleach and stop spraying their pets with it. Chicken, bleach, toilet paper, milk, and tortillas are in short supply at my local grocery stores.

The hobby and craft store is doing Christmas season level sales as parents and grandparents rush out to find something to keep the kids busy while the schools are all shutdown.

Elements of every dystopian novel I’ve ever read are playing out as governments and the general public seem to be using them as how-to manuals for the apocalypse.

But the most important thing I think most people can get out of all this is pay attention to what the medical doctors are saying, help each other out, and take care of those just trying to function semi-normally.