Hataka Late US Navy Paint Set Review
|Date of Review||February 2015||Manufacturer||Hataka|
|Subject||Late US Navy||Product Number||AS05|
|Pros||Ready for airbrush and paint brush right out of the bottle||Cons||Nothing noted|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$16.99|
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 US Naval aviation between 1943 and 1945. This set provides some of the variations in the middle of the war including the standard Sea Blue over Intermediate Blue over White or the Dark Gull Gray over White used on some Atlantic Ocean-based aircraft. Of course late in the war, most combat aircraft had transitioned to overall Sea Blue, so that is covered here as well.
This set contains four 17ml bottles of paint with a set of colors which include:
- A043 Insignia White
- A006 Semi-Gloss Sea Blue
- A027 Intermediate Blue
- A044 Dark Gull Gray
There are three factors to consider when chosing your paints: color accuracy, paint performance, and price. How do these colors look against the RLM color standards?
I selected the RLM02 (A023) out of set AS02 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. These US Navy colors align nicely with the ANA color standards of the day.
Note: We had examined these paints a few months ago when Hataka first released them and now these paints are available in the US. Stevens International is importing this series and if you cannot find them at your local hobby retailer, you can ask them to order these from Stevens International.