In every model I have made, I've tried out a different technique of colouring it, and I have yet to find the right method. My testing models (downloaded from a Japanese site, which are also capable of flying) used nearly-dry poster paint. The cardpaper was not blank, had a smooth surface and I painted over it. The paint wasn't thick enough to give the best finish, looked transparent and streaky. For more of the flying airplane models downloaded from the Japanese site, I then decided to use all coloured cardpaper available. There wasn't enough plain, coloured cardpaper around. To make decals or paint jobs, I cut coloured (glaze) paper and stuck it. Surprisingly the finish was neat. However, this paper doesn't come in too many shades. For my Spitfire/Hurricane and the Jaguar, I used thick felt markers and the finish was initially quite good, but the paint is now fading. By far, the best paint jobs at hand. However, with age and adhesive (I use Pidilite's Fevicol), patches now appear. Again, felt pens don't come in too many colours or shades. The bull was painted with slightly less-dry poster paint (the same paint, but watered long before) and luckily, the surface of each part was a little rough. For its feet, I used black cardpaper. Now, I have some coloured, slightly rough paper, of reasonable thickness (more than printer paper) and excess printed cardpaper. I'm thinking of cutting around the coloured paper and sticking the cutout on the cardpaper. The model in mind is a military aircraft, so I have one of two options- cut around thin glaze paper and stick or directly apply the colour with felt pen or paint. QUESTIONS: How do I stick (or what) to get a very flat, uniform finish? How can I get a darker shade from available coloured paper? How can I prevent colour from fading and give my model some shine?