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Favorite German Armor paints (Ral)

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Favorite German Armor paints (Ral)
Posted by HighDesertmodeler on Thursday, April 1, 2021 6:21 PM

What are your favorite German armor paints?

I've been very busy testing various Ral colors and have settled on the following based on accuracy and sprayability:

a.  AK Real Colors - AK made changes recently to their original Ral 7028, RC060.  It is now the proper shade!  These paints spray fantastically well.  I thin 4:1 thinner to paint and they flow like a dream and cover great.

b.  Mission Models Paints - I like MMP-011 for Ral 7028.  These paints spray surprisingly well for a water based acrylic as long as you follow MMP instructions.  Minimal to no tip dry and they cover just as well as solvent based paints in my opinion because of their artist quality pigmentation.   Made in USA!

c.  Hataka Red Line - absent Hataka's acrylic thinner (hard to find in USA), Hataka recommends thinning with Vallejo Thinner.  I also add Vallejo Flow Improver.  Colors are spot on for authentic Ral 7028 and other Ral colors.  

d. I also like Hataka Orange Line (lacquer) but thin them with their thinner since it is much less noxious than using Mr Color thinners (regular or leveling).   Hataka Orange Line sprays great and I like the fact they come in dropper bottles.  Sprue Brothers sell them domestically (USA).


I do like spraying Tamiya (who doesn't!) but their Ral colors are a little off.  I use a little "artistic license" and use mixes of XF-60, XF-55 or XF-59 when mimicking Ral 7028.  Weathering rounds them out I guess and the result is still satisfying to my eye...I guess that is what ultimately it looks to the modeler!

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Friday, April 2, 2021 9:38 AM

German RAL Paints,well I'm just not that technical when it comes to exact color matches,if it's close,if it looks good I'm happy.i figure with weathering and diffrent batches of paint,it's not that critical for me.

I am more interested in usability.

I have used Tamiya XF-60 lightened with Buff

I also like Vallejo's RAL 7028 and have also used their Tropen Colors,I definitely use their thinner and flow improver

I have used Mission Models Late Dunkelgelb,sprays real nice with their Polymer and thinner.

 I do like AK Real,just like Tamiya,but have not used their German stuff yet.

You see I won't waste my old stuff that I have on hand to try something new,that just me.

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  • From: Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, England
Posted by Bish on Friday, April 2, 2021 10:14 AM

I've been useing Xtracolour for years and stick to that. If i want a litle variation in my DY, i will add some from one of the tropical colours.


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    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, April 2, 2021 2:17 PM


     Thinking back when I was really wrapped up in Bandai's great little 1/48 kits of German armor. Humbrol was my favorite go to.

      Why? never had a problem finding the color I needed.

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Posted by oldermodelguy on Friday, April 2, 2021 5:06 PM

I'd probably buy the German set of paints from Vallejo, for airbrush. Once all weathered they should be fine unless someone knows something I don't. But then I like Model Air paint. You can use thin coats get good scale paint coverage in a couple of coats or so. I'd use Stynylrez primer. The Vallejo paint and my Duncan stains for wash. But that said I don't think in 63 years of modeling I ever did German armor so well anyway, if I did that is what I would do.


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