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Maschinen Krieger Anti Gravity Fighter Falke

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This model was built stock from the box. I painted it all with enamels. I underpainted the panel lines with black paint and used the colour modulation technique to highlight the overall shape of the vehicle. I then painted the green underbelly using the Marmite technique. I also painted the front brown areas and wings using the same technique. Here is a brief description of the Marmite method:

  • 1. Paint the base colour using enamel or acrylic (the paint rule is acrylic can go on top of enamel but not enamel on acrylic). For this one i painted it Sand Yellow enamel;
  • 2. Let it dry at least 1 day if not more if possible;
  • 3. Spread on Marmite using a brush (it cleans off well so you can use a new or old brush). It can be spread thick or thin, doesn't matter but where it goes is where the base colour will show through. You can make it patchy for chipping or streaky for wind stripping;
  • 4. Airbrush the second colour and let the enamel dry 30-60 minutes (15 min for acrylics);
  • 5. Put warm water in a bowl or basin and get out a nylon scrub pad (found at the grocer);
  • 6. Lightly rub the paint areas where there is Marmite with a moistened pad in a circular motion, the wet nylon pad lifts the paint and Marmite together;
  • 7. Put the model under a running tap to get all the loose paint clumps to rinse away; and
  • 8. Double check the model for spots of Marmite that you may have missed (they will appear as raised spots of paint).
Then you can let that paint coat dry overnight and do whatever is the next step. This method works so much more controlled than hairspray and the randomness of the Marmite application creates a unique look. Great for buildings as well as rust treatments. The Marmite is not greasy, does not stain paint, cleans away around the smallest details and one small jar lasts a lifetime.

I created the base using a simple picture frame with Plasticard inserts for the black sidewalls. I filled the base with Woodland Scenics Mold-A-Scene plaster and painted it with washes. The model was positioned with a brass rod that had been inserted into the bottom half of the hull with 2 part epoxy prior to gluing the kit together. Happy modeling.
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About bruce d (meaty_hellhound)

first time i built a model it was a hot rod and i was five year old. i painted it using blue nail polish and it was the best model i had made yet (given it was my first it wasn't that impressive). but i have tried to keep that feeling for over 40 years, each model i finish gives me the gratification...


Great build and feature Hellhound and thanks Rowan for posting. That is one fantastic looking model, and very well photoshopped. Andy
AUG 07, 2010 - 04:06 AM
super big thanks to Andy for giving me the opportunity to have my very first Feature Article. cheers mate. hope to see a giant jump in Marmite sales globally... from 2 bottles to 3 sold world wide happy modeling, mh.
AUG 07, 2010 - 04:14 AM
That turned out looking fantastic. Nice simple SBS.
AUG 14, 2010 - 02:09 AM
Looks great. Perfect weathering - heavy, but not overdone. Really nice build! Thanks for sharing
AUG 05, 2015 - 12:03 PM
Wow thats a really cool model and i love the painting!! I wonder if the marmite technique works with Vallejo model Air acrylics? as in my limited experience and as ive read there not so good for chipping effects as they dry more like a skin/film. Cheers Bob
AUG 13, 2015 - 08:25 PM