Tips and Tricks

Tips and Tricks

Accumulating the Drift... Weathering Products

by Eric Christianson

With the sky-rocketing cost of modeling products these days it’s hard to settle on just the items you need, especially if you haven’t even tried them yet. Enough people have asked me what products I use for weathering models that I thought I’d create a little list of those items that I feel are indispensable for my own work. Keep in mind, some folks may disagree on what I’ve included (or excluded) so hopefully this list will open a discussion on that as well.

Except where noted, all of these products can be purchased at local hobby shops and/or online.

I use the following products perhaps 90% of the time, for weathering aircraft and/or armor, listed in order of use/importance:

Other Items I depend on…

If you are just starting out, I think the best way to approach something like this is to look at a modeling article that sports the finish you are looking for, and (hopefully), the author has listed what he or she used. Over time, you will accumulate just the items you need and (hopefully) not too much that you don’t!

Please Note: To show no favoritism to any of the modeling supplies websites, the Web Coordinator has chosen to show only the manufacturer's website where possible. While this may be overall the most "fair" way of showing these products, it is probably neither the most convenient nor inexpensive avenue of obtaining any of these products. Many of these products can be obtained through local craft stores, local hobby stores, online hobby stores, or even a particular online bookstore.