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Hataka AS31 Early WW2 German AFV Panel Lighting

Hataka Early WW2 German AFV Panel Lighting Paint Set Review

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review December 2015 Manufacturer Hataka
Subject Early WW2 German AFV Panel Lighting Product Number AS31
Pros Ready for airbrush and paint brush right out of the bottle Cons See text
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $29.99

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 gray or green base colors carried by German Wehrmacht, SS, and Polizei vehicles during the early years of World War II.

Hataka AS31 Early WW2 German AFV Panel Lighting

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

  • A161 Polizei/SS Green Base
  • A162 Polizei/SS Green Shadow
  • A163 Polizei/SS Green Flash
  • A164 Panzer Dark Gray Base
  • A165 Panzer Dark Gray Shadow
  • A166 Panzer Dark Gray Flash

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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