Which paints to stock

I have sort of asked this question before but didn't get a clear
response so I thought I would try again and make it a crystal clear
(or should that be Kleer) question.
I am shortly to open a model shop in Ipswich - England specialising in
1/48 and 1/72 aircraft kits. I am going to also stock up on a range of
acrylic and enamel paints.
Personally, I use LifeColor and find them excellent so my first
thought was to stock these. My second choice would have been Xtracrylx
but I find the bottles fiddly, it is difficult to see how much paint
is left and I have had some trouble settling on a thinner for them so
they come in second place. I am discounting Tamiya because of the
issues over accurate FS colour matching. However, I would like
people's opinions on their favourites.
As I don't use enamels myself, I can't really judge but am inclined
towards Xtracolor. My experience of Humbrol is so far in the past that
I can't really comment. Thoughts anyone?
David
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David Pennington
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i still like humbrol's quality, even though they dropped the rlm mix's.
Reply to
e
Gunze's Mr Aqueous for acrylics, Mr Color or Humbrol for enamels. LifeColors are fine, but thinning them correctly for airbrushing can be a real challenge. Not for the casual modeler, IMHO. Aircraft Colors are very good too, but WWII GB/US/D colors only. You might want to take a look at Andrea's range of acrylics instead, they're handy for drybrushing and detail/figure painting, since they do not dry as fast as other brands.
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Serge D. Grun
David,
I honestly believe that you should consider stocking Humbrol, the casual model buyer, who buys an "Airfix" kit now and again will probably be familiar with them and more likely to buy them as opposed to the more specialised paints available.
Don't forget several model companies, Airfix & the Eastern European specialist companies particularly, often give Humbrol references in their kits.
By all means stock Life Colour and /or Xtracrylix for those guys that want them, but the new blood in this hobby has to start somewhere, protect your investment, today's casual buyers could be tomorrows avid modeller and your best customer.
Happy modelling Ant
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Ant Phillips
Stock Testors Model Masters enamels - the full line. The bread and butter staple of enamels.
Reply to
Rufus
I'll put in my vote for Humbrol enamels. They're hard to beat and as Ant says, just right for the casual modellers.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
Reply to
Mad Modeller
Something else to think about, my advice would be to check and see which paints you can get from your distributor(s) easily, versus having to wait weeks or months for a restock.
I'll second the Humbrol suggestion as well, it's the paint that Joe Average is most familair with .
Ken
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Ken Lilly
Actually, I have found LifeColor the easist to airbrush. I use airbrush cleaner as my thinner and use about 60 - 40 paint to thinner. I get great results with it. They are more expensive than o ther paints though but we can get them in thress rather than sixes so the initial investment in the whole range is somewhat less.
The discussions regarding enamels have centreed around stocking the expected. No-one has really proposed an acrylic alternative that is mainstream in the UK so I think that I will go with them.
Thanks for the input
David
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David Pennington
We do have a fantasy shop in town that stocks some kits and also stocks Model Master paints. They are not really mainstream in the UK so I will leave that line to them I think but thanks for the advice.
David
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David Pennington
The difficulty with Humbrol is that we are only doing aircraft so it will be tricky to sort out the range as we will want to eliminate the railway colours etc. Also, my main trade suppliers either don't stock humbrol or only stock a subset for general craft hobbies so I will need to speak to Humbrol themselves regarding supplies.
I think the idea is good that we stick to what people know.
Thanks
David
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David Pennington
snipped-for-privacy@totallyobjects.com (David Pennington) wrote in :
I don't think you should do that. You may specialize in aircraft, but the local modelers won't, they'll expect you to stock the full range. Looking at my own situation: I accept that my LHS doesn't stock esoteric kits, (I can always order from Hannants) but it would be really annoying to have to order all my supplies online. Stuff like plasticard, tools and paint are often needed on short notice, so I just swing by the lhs for that.
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Harro de Jong
UK modelshop - so you MUST stock Humbrol
Reply to
Martin
What railway colours?
TBH There is a huge crossover within modelling, so stocking non aircraft bits would sell.
Eg both Enzo Matrix and I are big railway modellers, I have spent far more on model railway stuff than plane kits.
I also detail railway stuff
Reply to
Martin
Thanks for the thought. We are, of course, limited in our capital to invest so have to make some trade offs in the first few months. As an example, we currently have a Scrapbooking shop and having been open for 6 months, are about to treble the stock levels now that we are sure of what people want.
We are planning to install about 700 aircraft kits (no duplicates) in the shop and with Hannants as our main trade supplier we will be stocking some of the more esoteric makes. We do expect to expand this stock once we have established the size of the market here in Ipswich and on the Internet
David
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David Pennington
Too far for me to drive..... :(
Still as far away as I am from there, I can still get them easily nearby :)
Allan
Reply to
AM
I think I have come to that conclusion. It seems we can get all we want from an existing trade source so that's done then!
Thanks for the input.
David
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David Pennington
Not to mention that 'Grass Green' looks very good as that green on Russian landing gear wheels. I've also used 'German Red-Brown' on railway track to convey the rusty sides of the rail.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
Reply to
Mad Modeller
I have to get mine through Squadron. The closest shop that had them was in Trexlertown, Pa. and I have no idea if they're still there.
Bill Banaszak, MFE
Reply to
Mad Modeller
humbrol/revell/xtracolor and if you can get it the paints that italeri specify in their kits [name escapes me for now.]
hth,
t
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Trevor
The trouble is that to stock a full range of paint in 6 tins costs around £500 ($900) so holding 4 ranges oif enamels is a bit out of the question then add on a couple of ranges of acrylics and you are cutting into the number fo kits you can hold. We are planning on holding about 700 - 800 kits plus paints, plus knives, plastic card and a range of books. We are also having a section on OOD RN FAA with decals, etched brass and books to support it. Too many paints could kill a lot of that so we need to get a balance.
David
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David Pennington

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