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.

BrandProduct Number & LinkColorUsed in Stage(s)
TamiyaXF-2Flat White8, 53, 60
TamiyaXF-1Flat Black51, 55
TamiyaXF-5Flat Green51
TamiyaXF-7Flat Red53
TamiyaX-27Clear Red54
TamiyaX-26Clear Orange54
TamiyaXF-16Flat Aluminum55
TamiyaX-12Gold Leaf58


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.

BrandTipColor & Product LinkUsed in Stage(s)
SharpieFine PointMetallic Silver5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 51, 53, 54, 58, 60
SharpieFine PointMetallic Gold8, 9, 13, 51, 54
SharpieFine PointBlack51, 52, 53
SharpieFine PointMetallic Bronze51, 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:

BrandColorProduct & LinkUsed in Stage(s)
TamiyaOrange RustSet C58
TamiyaGun MetalSet C58
TamiyaSilverSet C58