During the build of this 1:8 scale Ghostbusters Ecto-1 partwork, I have used different paints, markers, and powders to add some additional color to the model and correct some inaccuracies versus the real car. Recently, a visitor comment asked if I could share a list of what I used during construction, so here we are!
Each builder is different, and my choices below are not the only options, so feel free to do your model any way you like. These are merely what I thought would help spruce up my own model. I have included links to the products (but you can likely get them anywhere hobby supplies are sold) and links to the issues where I used them. This page will be updated throughout the build.
I prefer to use acrylic model paints over enamels. Acrylics are water-based, so they are non-toxic, easy to clean up, and can be thinned with water, or with 70% isopropyl alcohol to allow for faster drying. The majority of my paint collection is from Tamiya, but I also have some Model Master and Mission Model paints as well.
|Brand||Product Number & Link||Color||Used in Stage(s)|
|Tamiya||XF-2||Flat White||8, 53, 60|
|Tamiya||XF-1||Flat Black||51, 55|
I have found that adding small quick spots of color can easily be achieved using a variety of permanent markers. And, with the multitude of colors available (especially the metallics), we can really add some nice details along the way.
|Brand||Tip||Color & Product Link||Used in Stage(s)|
|Sharpie||Fine Point||Metallic Silver||5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 51, 53, 54, 58, 60|
|Sharpie||Fine Point||Metallic Gold||8, 9, 13, 51, 54|
|Sharpie||Fine Point||Black||51, 52, 53|
|Sharpie||Fine Point||Metallic Bronze||51, 54, 58|
Powders are almost exclusively used for weathering, damage, or heat marks, but I also use them to add a color tint to otherwise dull details:
|Brand||Color||Product & Link||Used in Stage(s)|
|Tamiya||Orange Rust||Set C||58|
|Tamiya||Gun Metal||Set C||58|