I often get asked what mediums I use for my paint finishes, they are really pretty simple, easy to obtain supplies from good quality art and model shops. Firstly I tend not to skimp on the cost of paint/mediums or applicants, eg brushes. This is because in my experience quality products tend to make these tasks easier, because they make the techniques and materials work better. The models shown are by myself and the finishes achieved using the listed products below.
Where thinners are required I will always try to use the same brand, as I they are formulated to work together, so any problems usually lie within the operator error category. The reason why I mention the shade and order is that in a very interesting conversation a while ago, the topic of color blindness came up.
Humbrol Matt black No33
Acrylics Airbrush toning on the diesel body and steam locos. What I reffered to as my ‘basic palette’. In descending order of darkness shade, dark at top.
Matt Black Tamiya
And I always use the Tamiya thinner, but isopropyl alchohol works well as a thinner with those too, which a chemist can supply.
Rust patches on wagons in descending order of darkness shade, dark at top
XF9 Hull Red
XF10 Flat Brown
XF68 Nato Brown (good basic rail color too, if you remember the painted streamline)
XF52 Flat earth
Mig Pigments again descending order of darkness shade, dark at top
Black Smoke PO23
Standard Rust PO25
Light Rust PO24
Vietnam Earth PO31
Industrial City Dirt PO39
Ashes White PO22
Artists pastels by Rowney and Winsor and Newton
Black/White/ and a WWII RAF Brown earth shade, and two or three others from a bright orange rust color to a reddy orange rust color.