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German Dunkelgelb Color Modulation
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 04:28 PM UTC
We take AK interactive's German Dunkelgelb Special Modulation Set out for a test ride.

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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 05:10 PM UTC
James this is another good review from you and I see what you mean about 7 and 8 as they even look the same in the bottle pictures. I am curious about the pressures you used to spray the paint, would I be correct that your airbrush is a gravity feed brush as mine is a Badger 150 which would struggle to suck up paint at 6psi?

Back to the review and another question; did you find the finish pleasing after it had been applied or did it "like I did with me" grow on you after a while? I look at the KV1 I painted with the Russian set and I am really pleased with the finish now, I suspect that as the finish is so different to anything I have attempted in the past it took a while to grow on me.
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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 05:38 PM UTC
Thank you Darren, it was your review which really got me interested in this set. I use a gravity feed with a .2 needle so lower pressures work better for me, new brush for me and I'm still getting used to it. I just read that someone uses the primer at about 45 psi, so I guess that is a personal preference with what works best.

The CM can be quite a shocker in person, pictures just cannot capture the full impact, especially after adding the last highlights. But this is truly spectacular after weathering, as the Washes, Fading and Oils along with the AFV Acrylic Techniques DVDs show. Looking forward to seeing your KV weathered.

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Posted: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 07:20 PM UTC
Nice review James. Thanks! This is an easy to use system that the modeler can tailor to his own tastes. Looks like AK hits another one out of the park.
I'm using their weathering products now on my 38t and you have to try this stuff - it's like there's a little magic in every bottle. The results are incredible and it's easy to use. AK Interactive is changing the world of model finishing overnight.
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Posted: Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 07:23 AM UTC
Thanks Matt, AK interactive did come up with an excellent set in this one. I'm surprised these Color Modulation sets didn't generate more interest in the forums or have more 'hits' on the reviews.

For those that haven't tried color modulation yet, these sets take much of the guess work out of the equation of which colors to use/buy or what shades to mix them. Those that haven't used acrylics before, or would like to try Vallejo paints in particular, this is an excellent 'starter' set. Color modulation really brings the base color to the next level. And easy...if I can do it anybody can!

And Matt, I just tried out some of the weathering effects from AK on a small project, and you're absolutely correct...the results are incredible and easy.
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Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 02:01 AM UTC
ahhh this clears things - the Dunkelgelb I am using is the Vallejo (Tank Ochre I believe it is called) and looks like what you have here... if you guys are OK with this colour then I am (to me it looked a tad green but...... )
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 05:49 AM UTC
Great review James. I haven,t tried their paint...only weathering products, but they are awesome. One thing i see that i'm curious about was the dark/black preshade color seems thick and a bit splattery. I do they have a specific thinner for the paint? Thanks!
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 07:33 AM UTC
Nice review. I used their Olive Drab modulation set recently and had some similar minor issues with respect to unintentionally covering up too much of the darker base colors and experiencing some flow issues with some of the colors. I also thought a few key "tips and tricks" could have been included within the set to help modelers trying modulation for the first time get off to a good start. As it is however, these AK modulation sets are pretty cool and after getting beyond the "operator error" inherent in learning this technique, the results are pretty impressive. Once their weathering washes and effects are employed over the modulated color, the final finish is amazing.
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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 01:10 PM UTC

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One thing i see that i'm curious about was the dark/black preshade color seems thick and a bit splattery. I do they have a specific thinner for the paint?



That was mostly me Gary...bent needle and rushing to get some pics for the review...I'm the king of ruining .2 needles

This original set was Vallejo paints, so normal thinning as some were a bit thicker than others. I'm not sure if this set is still produced as Vallejo does not supply the paints to AK anymore. AK's newer sets are excellent too, under a new paint supplier.

I agree Don, with these different paint sets from both AK and Vallejo, I'd like to see a bit more how-to included.
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Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 07:12 AM UTC

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One thing i see that i'm curious about was the dark/black preshade color seems thick and a bit splattery. I do they have a specific thinner for the paint?



That was mostly me Gary...bent needle and rushing to get some pics for the review...I'm the king of ruining .2 needles




Right on James, Thanks for your honesty Buddy. Im a tried and true Tamiya guy and i dont fix whats not broken. But its smart i reckon, to have a fall back position to cover your arse. Would love to try the AK paints...i will eventualy.

Regards,
Gary