Hataka US Army Helicopter Paint Set Review
|Date of Review||September 2015||Manufacturer||Hataka|
|Subject||US Army Helicopter||Product Number||AS19|
|Pros||Ready for airbrush and paint brush right out of the bottle||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$24.99|
Hataka from Poland continues to release a rapidly expanding 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 US Army Aviation from Vietnam to present.
This set contains six 17ml bottles of paint with a set of colors which include:
- A041 Night Black FS 37038
- A065 Olive Drab (FS 34087)
- A066 Insignia Yellow FS 13538
- A067 US Army Helicopter Drab FS 34031
- A068 US Army Desert Sand
- A069 Woodland Desert Sage FS 34201
There are three factors to consider when chosing your paints: color accuracy, paint performance, and price. How do these colors look against the Federal Standard 595 color standards?
|Color||FS 595 Color||Hataka
You can see here that the Hataka colors have the right hue though their shades are a bit darker across the board. While many paint companies provide 'scale shading' in their colors, these are starting a bit darker though I find paints tend to fade a bit after weathering, so these should drop back into standard when you've finished the model.
In an earlier review, I noted that 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.
These paints are available in the US and are imported by Stevens International (if you cannot find them at your local hobby retailer, you can ask them to order these from Stevens International).
My sincere thanks to Hataka Hobby for this review sample!