The cost of paint can really add up.

Did you ever notice how much money we spend on paint to fulfill our goals of accuracy?  There are like twenty different greys, blues, greens, you name it.  When it comes down to it, we have to have that specific color.  I was at Valpo Pet and Hobby the other day and came across a rack of Humbrol paints. To my delight, I saw #200 Gloss Pink.  Pink?!!!  Yes, pink.  If you have ever been to the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, MI, then you know what I am talking about.  When you first enter the museum, they have a beautiful pink P-40 hanging from the rafters.  They used this scheme in the desert during WWII.  The official color is Desert Tan or Desert Pink, but the Gloss Pink is dead on. I was thrilled to add this color to my selection. My “selection” consists of about 150 bottle and about 30 spray.  You would think that I have all the colors needed to complete any airplane kit out there.  Wrong.  I have started a Su-27 Flanker and with that comes a new category of colors….Russian.  So today I get to go to my local hobby shop.  Fun in it’s own right, this means more money.  I usually am able to get my “staple” paints pretty cheap.  If you have a Hobby Lobby or a Michael’s in your area, take advantage of their coupons.  You can normally get 40% off at both places.  I usually print them off from their websites.  You can only use one per customer so bring a friend(s) to help out.  My wife knows the drill now.  She even knows the colors to get for me.  Hobby Lobby carries Model Masters and Testors paints. They have a wider selection so I tend to get my bottle paints there.  Michael’s just carries Testors so I will get my black and white spray cans from them.  All the other “specialty” colors I get from Valpo Pet and Hobby.  So here goes another twenty dollars to the greatest hobby in the world.

4 thoughts on “The cost of paint can really add up.

  1. Thank you for the like at
    I looked at your first post as you talked about your obsession. I had already scanned down some of the later posts and the pictures were amazing. Congratulations. I admire this kind of attention to detail.
    Come by my blog again sometime. I will be checking in here too!


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