This set comes in a thin cardboard box measuring 165mm X 120mm X 35mm, the box artwork is very eye-catching, and on the back are instructions for use in English, French, Italian, and German. Inside you will find six 22ml pots of paint. The pots are made of a clear plastic with a white tinge and black screw top lids. The clear bodies of the pots do give a very good idea of the colour inside despite having a slight white tinge to the plastic.
The six colours included are
UA225 Light Stone
UA227 Slate Grey
UA228 Light Grey/Silver Grey
UA229 Portland Stone
UA230 Desert Pink
I tested these colours both with an airbrush and paint brush, painting directly on to Plasticard without using any primer. The hand brushed paint, while going on smooth, required four coats of the light colours and three coats of the darker colours in order to completely cover the white Plasticard underneath. When applied using an airbrush, I found that two coats was sufficient regardless of colour and a pleasing finish was achieved. I thinned the paint using de-ionised water, as I live in a hard water area, and was concerned the calcium could effect the paint negatively.
The paint, when applied and dry, has very good adhesion properties. Bearing in mind that I applied the paint directly to Plasticard, I found that rubbing my finger across the paint did not cause any powdering of the finish despite no base coat having been used. The colours also do not appear to darken or lighten when dry. I compared the colours to some three-dimensional drawings and they appeared to be very good matches to these prints. While I cannot guarantee they are perfect matches for actual colours used, they do appear to be very close judging from the prints.
I was very impressed with the properties of these paints, and all the tasks I set myself to test them where met, with the exception of the number of coats required when using a brush to apply them.
Highs: Rates highly in all areas I tested. Lows: I felt the number of coats required when being applied by brush could result in thick paint layers especially when applying a camouflage pattern. Verdict: A very good set for anyone making a vehicle serving with the British Military in the Middle East during WW2.
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About Darren Baker (CMOT) FROM: ENGLAND - SOUTH WEST, UNITED KINGDOM
I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...