Hello friends. It’s me, your kindly old uncle Dan, to provide you with another kind and generous review of a fine American product for everyone, regardless of their race, religion or creed.
I’m only a little disappointed in Mission Models Premium Hobby Paint, because, given the single-minded way they promote airbrushing, I kinda had an idea they weren’t in it to win it with the brushing set.
I can’t recommend this paint, as much as I like these folks and their approach to hobby paints. The color of this “RAF Dark Earth” looks exactly right to me, and that counts for a lot. But it’s not enough to overcome the simple fact that this is, in truth, airbrush paint.
Maybe Mission Models will contact me and tell me what I did wrong (HAH!) but it shouldn’t be this hard. By comparison, I had a hunch that Vallejo Model Air had brushing potential right away. Two brush strokes and I thought “Hey, this stuff could work!” Not so with Mission Models. I was impressed by it, but it was more like “I bet this stuff really airbrushes well!” and not “Where has THIS been all my life?”
I really tried to get a good result but it missed the mark. Not by too much, maybe, but when I have paint that “just works” like MM Acryl or Revell Aqua Color why do I need a paint that does not work “first time every time?”
I realize that a clever holler-back girl on Yelp could gut my argument by saying that I don’t know how to paint with this digital-native product. Maybe so. Maybe so. But I stirred and stirred and even put the evil paint in a shiny glass jar, and still it would not cover. After three coats of paint, I’m calling it a FAIL.
I got better coverage with Modelmaster Acryl on ONE coat. Better on one coat. I mean, come on! I can’t give Mission Models paint the review they would like and I would like. I’d like us to be BFFs. But that is just not going to happen.
So what about adhesion? Does it stick like plaster on an ape and thereby gain credibility with those of us who use masking tape?
Initial results were not all bad. I painted it over some MM Acryl and, for some reason, it stuck like glue.
But on bare plastic it sucked.
MM Acryl does not tear off. Why doesn’t the MM Acryl tear off like the Mission Models, Daddy?
Because it just does, son. It just does.
This paint reminds me of Lifecolor and all the stuff that goes with it. Priming (?) and multiple coats and…oh, who cares? Buy better paint, my brushing friends. Go in peace.
The problem with this paint is coverage. I suppose that if you put on more and more coats, you’d eventually get a good finish. For some reason, I’m thinking of the old Tootsie Pop commercial from the 1960’s.
“How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?”
“One…Two…CRUNCH…Three. The answer is three.”