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#1 Paul Wagner

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:44 AM

Not sure what forum to even post this in, but...

...anyone familiar with AKAN acrylics?

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#2 SaintsPhil

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:47 AM

No but I wouldn't mind trying them! Have you found a UK stockist?
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#3 TonyGol

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:48 AM

Like to try too as I have a few soviet kits in the stash.

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#4 Tim T

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 11:49 AM

According to Airfix Model World the importer is Linden Hill - www.lindenhillimports.com

#5 Paul Wagner

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:08 PM

According to Airfix Model World the importer is Linden Hill - www.lindenhillimports.com


That's exactly where I got onto them. Have been browsing the website - there's a LOT of colours on there, so it'll take time to sort through exactly what I need. But I was hoping someone had given them a go....

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#6 Homebee

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:23 PM

For the European based modellers there's another reliable as cheap AKAN paint source: Armory in the Ukraine.

http://armory.in.ua/...hp?cPath=41_259
http://armory.in.ua/...40a94f9e7fd0023

You create your account and send your order. A few hours or days later your receive a Paypal payment request. Delivery time: +/- 7 days.
Also a delight for stamps collectors. :lol:

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#7 fu_manchu

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:38 PM

I have used them. Armory didn't have the set I wanted so I went to Linden Hill, they weren't cheap.... TBH I have placed two 'orders' from Armory and they have just been sitting in limbo every since, so I won't be using them again.

Anyhow, they spray quite nicely, but do dry on the tip more than Tamiya, from memory more like Lifecolour, I thinned mine slightly with water. My understanding is they aren't as accurate a set of colours as they try to make out, the SU-33 set especially would appear to be not particularly accurate, which is annoying as I have bought some.... I used their Mig-29 colours for this:

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 12:49 PM

Used AKAN (enamels, not acrylics) exclusively when lived in Russia. To my taste - the most comprehensive palette available.

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 02:58 PM

My understanding is they aren't as accurate a set of colours as they try to make out, the SU-33 set especially would appear to be not particularly accurate, which is annoying as I have bought some
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I have just finished the Hasegawa Su-33 using the AKAN paint set for it - see my post under Ready for Inspection... here

They spray on beautifully - I used Isopropanol to thin them, but water works just as well.

The Su-33 AKAN paints have been matched to an actual Su-33, so they are a perfect match - the trouble is, the Su-33 has recently been upgraded and has had a re-paint, so the AKAN colours don't match the new scheme - as I found to my cost on the Sea Flanker.

Use them with confidence - just don't use the Su-33 set on a current version.

I used a combination of AKAN Su-27 Medium Grey - with two of the other colours from the AKAN Su-33 set - and then I had to darken it with Tamiya Smoke - with disastrous results...... :wall:

Nothing wrong with paints - just the Su-33 colours.

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Edited by Flankerman, 10 January 2012 - 03:01 PM.

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#10 fu_manchu

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 03:13 PM

The Su-33 AKAN paints have been matched to an actual Su-33, so they are a perfect match - the trouble is, the Su-33 has recently been upgraded and has had a re-paint, so the AKAN colours don't match the new scheme - as I found to my cost on the Sea Flanker.


Ah, excellent, I misread your build as the colours weren't accurate at all. That's a relief. :)

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#11 Flankerman

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 03:24 PM

Ah, excellent, I misread your build as the colours weren't accurate at all. That's a relief. :)

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I think they match the Su-33 on some of the earlier Kuznetsov cruises - when they were quite dark.

Check out photos before you use is all I would say.

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#12 Paul Wagner

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Posted 10 January 2012 - 09:36 PM

They're sounding good so far! How do they go brushing on rather than spraying?

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Posted 11 January 2012 - 04:47 PM

They're sounding good so far! How do they go brushing on rather than spraying?

Paul

I have a few of their paints and have used a brush. They seem fine, just as good as any other paint.

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Posted 01 February 2012 - 01:23 AM

When we speak about AKAN paints, I am not sure about non-Russian colors... but Russian colors are almost dead match.All Rusian paints were produced by sampling the original parts or colour chips with spectrometer and then reproduced. You will see that, in case when they couldn't get the "fresh" paint they have sampled the old colour from aircraft parts and they have them in their line as "faded" colors, but they don't have it as the original freshly painted colour. In their Russian line, they have only paints they have managed to sample directly from the part or they managed to get original paint or paint chip.

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:41 PM

These (AKAN) colors are really good, especially the fast drying process (you can hold the model after 20min) and free from fingertips.

#16 Jennings Heilig

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

Be careful what you're buying from Akan. Many of the colors are "pre faded" - or in other words, they don't match the original. Aeromaster's attempt at that was an utter failure almost 20 years ago, and I wish Akan wouldn't do it now. If I want my colors faded I'll do it myself. Their paints remove the ability to do a freshly applied factory paint scheme.

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Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:55 PM

Can you be more specific, are you refering to acrylic or enamel colors?
I am using some of their acrylics and I didn't notice such phenomenon until now.

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 06:34 PM

I have a number of their acrylics, and they definitely do the "pre-faded" thing, i.e., some colors are matched to samples of faded paint. Their radiotransparent green is one that immediately comes to mind.

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 12:23 PM

I defiantly agree with you "Procopius" but where faded effect exist it is mentioned in colour description.
Most of their colors don't have the faded effect (also not mentioned in colour description).
I don't really know why they produce colors with "faded" but I will try to find out from the Russian forums.
We need always to check correctly the colour description and this is my advice (I speak and read Russian and it is easy for me in a way)

#20 Flankerman

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 02:17 PM

I'm not getting into a debate about whether they should or should not have faded colours - but to be strictly accurate, if you are building a model of an operational MiG-23/MiG-29/Su-27 etc, you should have both versions - faded and unfaded.

That's because at most operational airfield dispersals, the aircraft were 'put to bed' with a 'bag' over the front fuselage and canopy - so the front half tended to have brighter colours than the rest of the airframe, being less faded.

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Even the Tu-95MS had individual bags for each engine - including the props.....

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It's a minor point - but one worth making.

Ken