I wanted to post this short review of these paints as I was skeptical, but am fast becoming a convert. I had seen a couple of YouTube videos on these, but I wanted to see what I could do with a specific thing. For me that is fine lines and mottling. So here goes.
I wanted to test on something that would be quick and easy, so I chose this little Trumpeter King Tiger. I am not reviewing the kit, just the paint work. I ordered two colors; the olive green and the red brown to do the camo work. I also got the thinner and the poly mix additive.
After a quick build, I sprayed the whole thing in Stynylrez black primer. Then I did the whole tank in dunklegelb from Tamiya. 24 hours to dry and it was time first for the olive green. Then 24 hours later the red brown. Before the photos, here is my method. I used the instructions straight from the website; 10 drops of paint, 2 – 3 of thinner and 1 – 2 of the mix additive. I used 3 thinner and 2 additive. I poured directly into the airbrush cup and stirred it up with an old Testors plastic brush. I used the Badger Krome with a .3mm needle and the compressor was set to between 10 and 12 at the gauge. Here are some photos:
The ruler shows just how small some of these lines were that I got. this was all freehand and no masking. Even when doing the wheels. Here are some things I noticed:
1. Very little overspray.
2. The paint is very forgiving. When I did get a little splatter, I waited a few seconds and went over it again and it covered it up.
3. Once you get a good "flow" coming out of the brush it sprays really nicely.
4. Both my sessions with the green and red were about 1 hour. I only used a cotton bud to clean off the tip when it got a bit clogged. The bud was dry.
5. the paint did tend to separate a little and I kept stirring it about every 10 minutes.
6. I sprayed the cup to just about empty, filled with thinner, waited 15 minutes and then cleaned it out as I usually do with distilled water and my homemade acrylic cleaner. Cleaned easily and 24 hours later the needle action was smooth with no problems with dried paint.
In conclusion, I absolutely recommend this paint for fine detail work. Did it seem to be a "better" paint than my Vallejo Model Air/Color or Model Master acryl? I would say it is for doing the fine work. I have tried with the other acrylics to do that level of freehand work and the paint never seems to give me that sharpness and be that forgiving. Now will I be counting drops of 10 and 2 and 2 just to spray a large wing; no, I will stick with my normal routine, but for fine work I would say to give this a try.
I am not pro, nor do I get anything out of this recommendation but hopefully if there are some others like me who struggled with doing some schemes, this has really made me do some kits I have been afraid to do.