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Acrylic Primer & Thinners AK Interactive Mig Jiminez' company AK Interactive have been providing us with weathering and painting products now for a few years, and the latest addition to their range is an acrylic primer. This is available in handy colours for the armour and ship modeller, which will help with the painting process. The colours we have so far are Dark Yellow for the WWII German modeller (or anything painted in a sandy colour) and Grey for DKM or other grey ships, although more shades will be along before too long in the shape of olive drab for WWII Allied, desert sand for modern AFVs, red primer for German armour, Russian green, black & white for general priming and pre-shading. The paint is in large plastic bottles with a dropper attachment underneath the cap, of the same type as the other AK paints, but with 60ml in the large bottle. Sadly for me, I've done no modelling for about 2 months now, so not had chance to try them, but as long as they're applied to a clean, grease-free surface they should go down fine with either airbrush or paintbrush, as is your whim. I'll report back on their usefulness once I've used them in the real world. The thinners smells strongly of Isopropyl Alcohol, otherwise known as IPA or Isopropanol to give it its "easy to use" generic name. There is a little slipperiness to the liquid when rubbed between the fingers (a practice that's best avoided in the long term), which is the drying retardant and backs up the text on the back of the bottle that states it prevents it drying or clogging on the airbrush tip, also improving brush-painting performance. Conclusion We've had black, grey & white primers for a while now, but this widening of our range of choices is welcome, and might even change the way we paint our models a little bit. Most acrylics thin with water, but thinner, whilst more expensive is preferable due to the aforementioned benefits of flow and drying improvement. Highly recommended. Grey Dark Yellow Review sample courtesy of
Worn Effects Acrylic Fluid AK Interactive If you've ever wondered how AFV modellers create those wonderful distressed and chipped paint effects, it started off with people using hairspray to add a water soluble layer between coats of paint. Time moves on however, and frustrated by the lack of control that your typical hairspray nozzle gives, and the smell of most of them, AK came up with this new fluid. It is odourless, and water soluble, but is applied by airbrush, giving much better control over application and resulting in thinner layers that allow more flexibility in the removal of the top layer of paint. Use is simple: Paint your model with the base colour, and let that cure for a few days Spray 1-3 thin coats of Worn Effects fluid over the painted surface As soon as the surface is dry, airbrush the next coat of acrylic paint Once the top coat is on, use a damp brush to wet the surface and remove small quantities of paint Continue to scratch and scuff the damp paint until you achieve the effect you want Conclusion This is a much more pleasing way to achieve the familiar chipped and abraded look of a well-used AFV, mainly because it is real chipping and wear, rather than paint laid over the top to simulate it. Some of the effects that you can achieve are truly stunning, but as always check your references to ensure your finished result is reminiscent of the real thing. Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
Streaking Effects Enamel Paint Set AK Interactive Mig Jiminez's new(ish) venture continues to bring out innovative products for use in enhancing the realism of your armour models. This set is a triple pack of the familiar bottles of enamel paint mixtures, of the following colours: Streaking Grime - a rich dirty brown Rust Streaks - a very red brown Winter Streaking Grime - A greyish green colour Application is fairly straight forward, requiring you to paint some vertical streaks in an irregular pattern on any surfaces where rain, dirt or snow would run down over, and then blending them using a wide flat bristled brush dampened with white spirit. In the right hands, these effects can be stunning, but as with any technique, it takes time to master, and studying real examples is a good idea before trying it for yourself. Below are links to some excellent "how to" articles on the AK website, which cover each colour individually: Streaking Grime Rust Streaks Winter Streaking Grime Conclusion The AK range is a boon to the AFV modeller, and can just as easily be used to weather aircraft if the need dictates. These products are quick and easy to use, removing all the hassle and mess of mixing your own washes and filters. This set should come in very useful for rain soaked vehicles from any era - just check your references, and when you think it's sufficiently weathered, that's when to stop! Highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of