Painting and Finishing Scale Plastic Models
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Painting and Finishing Scale Plastic Models

Learn how to turn your plastic model into a museum-worthy masterpiece.
2.3 (2 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
63 students enrolled
Created by Andy Mack
Last updated 1/2015
Current price: $14 Original price: $20 Discount: 30% off
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  • 3 Supplemental Resources
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What Will I Learn?
  • Paint and finish scale plastic models, with a variety of tools and materials
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  • No prior knowledge of painting techniques is needed.

Painting plastic models such as airplanes and cars is the most fun yet challenging part of building them. There is a tremendous amount to learn to produce a decent result. This course will walk you through the various materials, tools and techniques, and give you the confidence to produce great model paint jobs.

Master the Art of Painting Plastic Models

  • Types of Plastic Model Paint
  • Paint Brushes, Spray cans, and Airbrushes
  • Weathering to simulate wear, aging and rust
  • Dry-brushing, panel fade, washes, paint chipping
  • Camouflage Application
  • Bare Metal Foil
  • Applying Decals
  • Making your own Markings

You will likely spend tens of hours (or in some cases hundreds of hours!) getting your plastic model to the stage where it is ready for painting and finishing. You will more than likely invest additional hours in painting several layers before the model is done. One mistake due to lack of preparation or not recognizing a potential problem could leave you frustrated. Why settle for a poor paint job, or risk having to spend more time taking paint off your model? I've already made just about every mistake possible, so let my experience be your guide!

This course contains information that is usually gained through years of trial and error. This is where the weight of experience really helps you: how to prevent problems from happening, recognize them when they do, and what corrections you can make. The Troubleshooting guide is arranged in a neat table format, allowing you to find what you need quickly. It's also illustrated with photos and diagrams.

Contents and Overview

This course contains 19 lectures, 1 hour 20 min of video content, and 30 pages of written content. It's designed for any plastic model builder, who wishes to improve their painting and finishing skills.

You'll first learn when and how to use Acrylic, Enamel and Lacquer paints. You'll then be shown how to paint with a brush, spray cans, and airbrushes. You'll learn to apply decals, and how to use bare metal foil to simulate chrome. Finally, you'll add amazing realism to your models with weathering techniques.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to apply a paint finish that rivals those you see in hobby shops or even museums.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for people just learning to build plastic models, or those trying to refine their skills.
Curriculum For This Course
19 Lectures
Painting Basics
1 Lecture 05:28

An introduction to plastic model painting. Students will be able to choose the right type of paint for their model, as well as the best method of application. Different types of paint effects are also discussed.

Preview 05:28
Model Cars
11 Lectures 39:45

Brush painting technique. Students will be able to lay down a smooth coat of paint without brush marks.

Preview 05:30

Applying paint to plastic models with a spray can. Students will be able to apply a smooth even coat of paint without defects.

Spray Can Painting

This lesson discusses the application of a Rust effect to plastic models.


Airbrushing is the ultimate, most versatile tool for painting of plastic models. Students will be learn to apply paint with a single-action airbrush.


Students will learn how to use pre-shading to add the feeling of greater depth to the surface of a plastic model.


Planes, cars and other vehicles suffer from fading paint due to the effects of the sun. This lesson shows how to duplicate this effect with an airbrush.

Panel Fade

Lesson on dry-brushing, which is used to highlight high points on the surface of a plastic model.

Dry Brushing

Students will learn how to apply a very glossy, deep paint finish. This technique is used to create realistic model car finishes.

High-gloss auto finishes

Bare metal foil is real metal, with an adhesive backing. This is ideal material for covering trim areas of a model car, like window frames, or bumpers.

Model Car Trim with Bare Metal Foil

Students will learn this realistic model of duplicating chrome car bumpers.

Model Car Bumpers with Bare Metal Foil

Students will learn the use of metal foil to mask areas in preparation for painting.

Model Car Masking with Bare Metal Foil
Model Airplanes
4 Lectures 30:40

Model airplanes are most conveniently painted with an airbrush. Students will learn the basic airbrushing techniques here.

Airbrushing Airplanes

Students will learn how to use the wash technique to add depth to the model surface, or simulate dirt.


Paint often wears off vehicles in use. This lesson will show students several ways to simulate this effect on plastic models.

Paint Chipping

Camouflage is often found on military models. Students will learn how to camouflage with the use of masking techniques.

8 pages
2 Lectures 06:59

Students will learn how to apply the decals commonly found in plastic model kits, to simulate small painted markings.

Applying Decals

When the kit decals are not adequate, making your own decals or markings is one way to go. Students will learn how here.

Make your own Decals and Markings
21 pages
1 Lecture 00:00

The airbrush is powerful and versatile, yet issues can arise during use. This troubleshooting guide is designed to guide students through such issues.

Airbrush Troubleshooting
10 pages
About the Instructor
Andy Mack
2.3 Average rating
2 Reviews
63 Students
1 Course
Scale Model Builder

Andy has been building scale plastic models for over 20 years, since receiving his first kit as a child. His favorite genre is World War 2 airplanes, but he is also a sports-car enthusiast. He is the creator, author and designer of Model Car Tips and Model Airplane Building. He builds radio controlled aircraft as well.

Andy promotes this hobby for its therapeutic value, and its development in kids of manual dexterity, reading comprehension, patience and perseverance.