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Offline PJ Fisher

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Thoughts on Pre-Packaged Paint Kits
« on: May 09, 2022, 06:00:14 AM »
Hi there,

As I'm easing back into modeling I see there's a whole mess of products that weren't available 20 years ago.  One is the AK Interactive Air Series for British RFC/RNAS camouflage colors.  A forum search showed that others use this brand on their German builds.  Any pros/cons to using this paint?  Do other manufacturers offer better RFC paint schemes?


P.S. Hoping not to start a what-is-the-correct-formula-for-PC10 argument!

Offline masterKamera

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Re: Thoughts on Pre-Packaged Paint Kits
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2022, 02:09:49 PM »
Well the actual question a person needs to ask..

1. do they like the brands reputation?  I havent heard a whole lot on the brand here or at britmodeler so i am not sure on that aspect

2. can you equivalate the colors?  Going by the AK website, there colors do not match/do not have a match with Humbrol colors, and everything airfix and MOST european companies use is HUMBROL paint..

3. Do you understand the special needs fo the paint?  their web advertisement says "airbrush directly from bottle, thin with water or AK thinner if paint brushing"  yet the package photos say the opposite

Offline torbiorn

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Re: Thoughts on Pre-Packaged Paint Kits
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2022, 08:51:31 PM »
I cannot tell you anything about the RFC package, but I do have the German and am very happy with it. The  light and dark green and rust brown are a tad dark in my personal opinion, and I lighten them a bit (Iím building 1/72). Compared to Vallejo air, they are slightly thinner. They mix perfectly with Vallejo colours - I use Vallejo colours to lighten them.

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Re: Thoughts on Pre-Packaged Paint Kits
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2022, 10:36:21 PM »
I like the AK brand. I use their Real Colours more which are lacquer but the acrylics are good too. The line is extensive and sometimes the sets they put together are not as "job specific" as they suggest. ie there is a German panzer  primer set but the colours are actually hull red, mahogany brown, dark brown and light brown. They are, to my mind, definitely an airbrush paint and to be safe I use the same brand of thinner as the paint when I have to. We aren't exactly slopping gallons of this stuff around when we paint so 2 or 3 400ml bottles of different brands of thinners isn't a disaster. Eventually you will gravitate toward a brand you're comfortable with and streamline your thinner inventory. Takom, Meng, Border etc seem to be using AK paint references quite a bit now. Matching brand to brand is less important than matching your paint to the actual colour you're trying to represent. That's part of the fun in research!

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Offline PJ Fisher

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Re: Thoughts on Pre-Packaged Paint Kits
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2022, 02:22:38 AM »
All helpful, thanks everyone.