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What if I told you that you never need run out of Interior Green paint, again? This short video, shows you the way...

Morning everyone!

Here’s a quick video that will help you out when your paint stocks run low!

(This is a short test video post, that I’m using to see how I can embed videos onto this site and use them as part of longer construction posts. I hope that you like its albeit wobbly content!).

So you are in the middle of an exciting new project and you suddenly discover that your well-stocked paint draws are missing Interior Green, that enigmatic shade that we use so often to paint the insides of our beloved WWII American aircraft. Do you stall your project whilst you wait for paint to arrive, or do you think out of the box and create the colour as it was mixed for the real machines?

Grab your yellow and black and we’ll begin!

Though the video shows – mainly for expediency – the use of water-based acrylics, these ideas also work with lacquers such as Tamiya and Gunze Sangyo Mr. Hobby and Mr. Color. Here are a few images of models that I have built recently where the basecoats have been airbrushed on using a mix of Tamiya Flat Yellow, darkened with Flat Black to create the Interior Green shade that needed as construction progressed.

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I'm formerly the editor in charge of Military In Scale magazine and latterly, Model Airplane International. Editing duties to one side, I'm now a full-time modelmaker with Doolittle Media, working to supply modelling articles and material for a number of their group titles, including MAI and Tamiya Model Magazine International. I'm also an avid fan of Assassin's creed, Coventry City FC and when the mood takes me, a drummer of only passing skill. Here though, you'll find what I do best: build models and occassionally, write about them!


  1. Wayne Starick

    Great how-to for a ‘do it yourself’ colour – just like we used to do it back in the good old days!


  2. Hi Spence,
    I really like the idea of short “How to” videos.
    The image sharpness is excellent, often the let down on, say YouTube videos.
    But please use some form of steady or tripod in future, the camera shake is very distracting.


    • I agree with the comment about the shaking, but glad you like the content. Actual videos, created specifically for this site, will be filmed using a steadied camera mount… Cheers!


  3. johnpotts1865

    keep going Spencer its brilliant


  4. Howard Kilburn

    Excellent, looking forward to more videos Spencer


  5. Great idea for the video content, Spencer. So often, I think we get locked into a specific color and you’ve shown a nice alternative.

    Off topic, just received your new Spitfire book – extremely well done.



  6. Bill Connolly

    More black yields olive drab. Discovered this back in 1958 when there was no such thing as pre-mixed military shades. I was so proud of myself. Promptly applied it to an Aurora Fw-190. Oh well, there wasn’t much available on Luftwaffe camouflage either. Even William Green’s seminal books were still in my future. There really is nothing new under the sun. Great post! Brought back great memories.


  7. Bruce Culver

    Hi Spence, I’m with Nigel – the camera shake was not distracting for me, but I do agree that short videos showing just how you approach various steps in the work can be extremely valuable. Even a series of photos in a good magazine article cannot convey the actual techniques used, the actual “laying on of hands” so to speak. The videos are closer to apprenticing for a master, so we can see just how you manipulate the brush/airbrush/paint to get the effects you achieve…..


  8. Ian Nicholls

    I think this is a great format for showing useful tips. Yellow and black make interior green, who knew? Why is it that on those bleak Sunday afternoons, when the shops are closed, it’s always interior green that you need?!


  9. Blair Stewart

    Great tip. I have been mixing my own Zinc chromate since Tester’s Model Master paints are no longer available. But I had not thought of interior green (and I assume one can get a decent shade of olive drab using these two colors). Thank you so much!


  10. I’m with Nigel. The short video tip is a great format. We don’t need titles, music and drama. Hope to see more. By the way, my copy of Modelling an Icon #1 – Spitfire arrived safe and sound last week here in Arizona, USA. You and Brett have outdone yourselves; it is a really worthy addition to my library. Looking forward to more.


    • Hi Matt – thanks so much for getting in touch. I’m so pleased that the book arrived safely and so pleased that you are enjoying it!


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