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so i got some of the new style 14ml Humbrol paint to try, i have used tamiya and vallejo for the last 15 years finding humbrol products to be sub par and generally unusable so i wanted to test these as i still know paints the H numbers, any matt black will forever be 33 .

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They spray very well when thinned with Isopropyl, they are very dense paints and take a lot of thinning but they don't seem to bobble on the plastic and very little tip dry, very easy to get fine lines , this paint is a massive improvement on what has come before, on the jar it is claimed to be made in UK, i may well start to switch to this paint .

 

First test spray

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laying paint on an old test model, nice even coverage with little effort with highly thinned paint .

 

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Have they changed the paint? When I've tried spraying Humbrol acrylic a couple of years ago it clogged however much I thinned it. 

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yes they have changed the paint, every so often i tend to pick up a jar of humbrol to see if it has improved,  i last bought humbrol a couple of years ago in the 12ml screw off top bottles and it was unsprayable and clogged the airbrush but this stuff is completely different paint and made in the UK .

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I concur with your observations - Have started buying the new blend acrylics but have only brush painted them up to last night.

 

Sprayed H165 Medium Sea Grey using Vallejo thinners first then with Humbrol thinners.

 

In both cases they laid down smoothly but I did have a bit of tip drying to contend with.

 

Otherwise pleased to include them back on my list of paints to use, as the old screw top ones were brushpaint only as far as I was concerned, hopeless at spraying and pebbly once dried.

 

IanJ 

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12 minutes ago, Tim R-T-C said:

Dimension-wise, are the bottles the same size as Vallejo 14ml?

 

No, the bottle is a centimetre shorter or so and the tip design and cap are completely different, Vallejo are 17ml and Humbrol is 14ml but these Humbrol paints are much denser in pigmentation than model air .

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3 hours ago, gavingav said:

No, the bottle is a centimetre shorter or so and the tip design and cap are completely different, Vallejo are 17ml and Humbrol is 14ml but these Humbrol paints are much denser in pigmentation than model air .

Thanks. How about the footprint? Just wondering if these will fit my Vallejo shelves.

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44 minutes ago, Tim R-T-C said:

Thanks. How about the footprint? Just wondering if these will fit my Vallejo shelves.

yes they do fit with just a little more space around the bottle compared to the standard Vallejo bottle

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4 hours ago, sapperastro said:

Is the top easy to get off for stirring?

No, the tops feel rubbery and are very hard to grip, it was difficult to remove them once so i use stirring balls in the jar, the pigment does not seem to separate very much though, i have had the paint sat on my bench for 4 days and it has not separated in the bottle .

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@gavingav thank you for this nice report, it sounds very promising!

I hope that there will be someone in the Netherlands that is going to stock it!!
For now it is impossible to buy Humbrol acrylics over here...🙄

 

cheers, Jan

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On 8/7/2020 at 2:32 AM, gavingav said:

No, the tops feel rubbery and are very hard to grip, it was difficult to remove them once so i use stirring balls in the jar, the pigment does not seem to separate very much though, i have had the paint sat on my bench for 4 days and it has not separated in the bottle .

 

Thanks Gav,

 

What balls do you use in them? I have never really gotten many dropper bottle paints before, so what type and size do you normally get?

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To add as one of the resident brush painters I had my first test this morning having ordered 3 of these on Monday, they are excellent, comes out thinner then Vallejo color and brushed on nicely and in full opaqueness in three coats. I can see me using much more Humbrol long term particular if they expand the range and my Humbrol supplier actually gets them. 

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When the Humbrol Acrylics first came out, I really liked them for both airbrush and hairy stick.  Then something changed in formula or otherwise and they became unusable.  I switched to Vallejo (mostly content with this paint), but I am happy to see Humbrol keeping the line and making it useable again.

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I was just about to post about seeing these on another site, then saw this post. I will probably try some olive drab before i buy more of them. Since their Acrylics took a nose dive and enamel recipe changed, I went over to Tamiya.

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