Military Models

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Military models are some of the most popular among collectors for many reasons. For most boys, these high tech weapons make for fascinating subject matter. When we grow up, a part of us is still fascinated and we try to recapture the imagination inspiring fun of playing war through military models. For the model builder, the fun is extended through creative building.

Military Models: Creative Outlets

One of the things I have always found to be most fun about building military models, and any other kind really, is the painting process. To me, this is where the real creativity comes in. Up until now, you've simply been following the instructions that came with the kit when it came to its assembly. With painting, now is the chance to make the model your own creation.

Camouflage patterns, dirt, and battle distress are some of the most fun touches to add to a military model. For camouflage, I recommend spray painting the base color (olive or tan for example), and using an airbrush to spray on the actual camouflage pattern. For battle distress, using silver paint here and there simulates the look of scratched off paint very effectively. For scorch marks you can technically use the airbrush again, but I recommend something a little more radical.

For scorch marks on models, I have found nothing beats the real thing. Being very careful, light a wooden match and very lightly let the flame touch whatever part of the model you want to look scorched. Just be careful not to get the flame too close or to hold it in one place too long or you could melt your model very easily. The look is unbeatable for authenticity though.


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