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Hataka AS23 RAF Photo Reconnaissance Units

Hataka RAF Photo Reconnaissance Units Paint Set Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review September 2015 Manufacturer Hataka
Subject RAF Photo Reconnaissance Units Product Number AS23
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 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 the RAF's reconnaissance aircraft during World War II.

Hataka AS23 RAF Photo Reconnaissance Units

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

  • A024 PR Pink
  • A042 PR Blue
  • A034 Medium Sea Gray
  • A025 Interior Gray-Green
  • A051 Camotint Green
  • A055 Royal Blue

There are three factors to consider when chosing your paints: color accuracy, paint performance, and price. How do these colors look against the BSC color standards?

BSC Color BSC Color Hataka
Color
N/A - PRU Pink N/A  
636 - PRU Blue    
637 - Medium Sea Gray    
283 - Interior Gray-Green    
N/A - Camotint Green N/A  
106 - Royal Blue    

As you can see in the chart above, while some paint manufacturers provide their colors with some scale fade applied, these colors are a shade or two darker than the specification. That's okay though since weathering tends to lighten the paint somewhat (depending on the techniques you use) so these should fade accordingly. What's nice about this set in particular is that we have the first (that I've seen) colors for PRU Pink and Camotint Green. Neither color comes out of the British Standard Colors (BSC) 383 specifications used during the war, but that's not uncommon. While I haven't seen an example of PRU Pink in use these days, I have seen the Camotint on aircraft being restored at the Imperial War Museum and this looks right to me.

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).

Definitely recommended!

My sincere thanks to Hataka Hobby for this review sample!

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