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Hataka AS16 Early WW2 French Air Force

Hataka Early WW2 French Air Force Paint Set Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review April 2015 Manufacturer Hataka
Subject Early WW2 French Air Force Product Number AS16
Pros Ready for airbrush and paint brush right out of the bottle Cons See text
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $24.99

Review

Hataka from Poland continues to release a rapidly growing line of color-matched acrylic paints to fill the voids in color coverage for scale modelers. In this set, we have six new colors that replicate the camouflage colors used by the French Air Force during the early days of World War II.

Hataka AS16 Early WW2 French Air Force

This set contains six 17ml bottles of paint with a set of colors which include:

  • A079 Brun Fonce
  • A080 Vert
  • A081 Terre de Sienne
  • A082 Gris Bleu Fond
  • A083 Gris Bleu Clair
  • A084 Kaki Français

One problem came with this particular set - while there were six bottles in the package, it was missing Brun Fonce and as you can see in the image above, it had two bottles of Vert instead. I haven't seen this sort of packaging error before from Hataka but I have alerted them of this glitch.

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.

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.

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Hataka Hobby for this review sample!

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