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Hataka AS02 Early Luftwaffe

Hataka Early Luftwaffe Paint Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2014 Manufacturer Hataka
Subject Early Luftwaffe Product Number AS02
Pros Ready for airbrush and paint brush right out of the bottle Cons Nothing noted
Skill Level Basic MSRP (Euro) 8,80€

Review

Here is a new paint company that recently opened their doors. Hataka from Poland has released five new paint sets, each with a different theme. In this release, we have the four standard colors used by the early Luftwaffe between 1937 and 1940. If you're trying to get authentic colors on your Battle of Britain Luftwaffe subjects, this set shows promise.

Hataka AS02 Early Luftwaffe

This set contains four 17ml bottles of paint with a set of colors that cover the majority of early Luftwaffe subjects. The colors in this set include:

  • A023 Grey RLM 02
  • A011 Black Green RLM 70
  • A017 Dark Green RLM 71
  • A029 Light Blue RLM 65/78

I selected the RLM02 (A023) color and gave it a sniff. These acrylics do not have the same smell as Vallejo, Italeri, AKAN and others so I wondered how they would perform. I pulled out a surplus rotor blade that had been cleaned, shook the bottle (it is so nice to have the mixing ball inside) and stirred the paint. First I put a few drops into the cup of my airbrush and shot it at 10 psi without thinning. The paint went on smoothly and without any problem. I thinned another few drops of paint with the homemade thinner which is similar to Tamiya acrylic thinner and stirred. This batch went on even smoother but with consistent coverage. The Hataka acrylics respond just as the other brands above with the Tamiya thinner and even using Windex to clean the airbrush. When the paint had dried on the rotor blade, I burnished down some Tamiya masking tape and then pulled - none of the paint pulled up.

I digitized the colors and looked at how they compare to the various color standards and I like what I see. It appears that the RLM colors line up nicely with the later analyses, namely Michael Ullmann's work, but until I can see the late war Luftwaffe colors, all I can say is that these look good so far.

I look forward to seeing these available on the market - according to their website, these are available starting January 2015. Give them a try!

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Hataka Hobby for this review sample!

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