Hataka Early WWII Soviet Air Force Paint Set Review
|Date of Review||November 2015||Manufacturer||Hataka|
|Subject||Early WWII Soviet Air Force||Product Number||AS33|
|Pros||Ready for airbrush and paint brush right out of the bottle||Cons||See text|
|Skill Level||Basic||MSRP (USD)||$29.99|
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 eight new colors that replicate the camouflage colors used by the Soviet Air Force during the earlier part of World War II.
This set contains eight 17ml bottles of paint with a set of colors which include:
- A078 Aluminium
- A127 AE-9 Light Gray
- A128 AII Green
- A129 AII Light Blue
- A072 AMT-7 Gray-Blue
- A073 AMT-4 Camo Green
- A041 Night Black
- A153 MK-7 Temporary White (Winter Camo)
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!