Thursday, March 30, 2017

Video tutorial: How to mask and paint Japanese markings on a scale model WW2 fighter

Most of my posts on this blog have been about 1/35 armour, but I am also a voracious builder of 1/32 fighter planes from the Second World War. Yet I've hardly spoken about them. Time to fix that. My latest video tutorial shows you how to mask and paint the round red markings (hinomaru) on WW2 Japanese planes.

Seriously, once you have painted your own hinomaru, you will never use decals again. It's so easy, and the weathered end result is so, so much better than any decal.

Seriously, how good does that look? Faded, weathered. No decal can do that.

Don't believe me? Check out the video below to see how easy and effective it is.

I've included an Amazon link below so you can purchase the one tool required. It's 5 bucks, and you can use it for Japanese markings, RAF roundels, whatever. Bargain.




  1. The Hinamaru was repainted after every mission, it's a common mistake modellers make to weather it. It was sacred to the Japanese;)

    1. I have heard that, but I suspect it wasn't possible in every case to repaint it every mission? I'm not sure, but it looks good weathered - call it artistic license! ;)