by DOA via Trackpads
As a fan of WWII Axis subjects, finding the perfect match for German Dark Yellow (Dunkelgelb RAL 7028 basecoat) has been an ongoing quest for me. During this quest I have become known to collectors and restorers of military vehicles who have very kindly shown me the original base colours which has been preserved in areas of original vehicles which have been least exposed to sunlight and other elements which would affect the colour. I was happy with my own mix of Tamiya paint, but I’ve always been on the lookout for a ready-made more convenient product which I can buy off the shelf and is easy to use. I heard good things about Lifecolor’s German Dark Yellow, but after struggling with their Italian paints, I didn’t even try it.
A few weeks ago I began to see remarkable things on the internet about this new acrylic paint which had not only matched German Dark Yellow, but it can be mixed with Tamiya and Vallejo acrylic paints, adheres to brass, can be spray or brush painted out of the bottle, is cheap, can be thinned and airbrushes cleaned with just tap water.
Contents and Price:
I purchased German Armor Paint Set from Andrew Preston at Trackpads which arrived promptly and very well packaged . The set comprises:
Each paint is supplied in a plastic 29.5ml (1oz) plastic bottle with a flip top dropper lid. The white tint to the plastic makes the colours appear lighter than they are, but a look inside the bottle will reveal the true colour. I didn’t detect any smell from these paints whilst using them.
At current prices, £3.25 for 29.5ml (1oz) DOA paint costs less than Tamiya and is on a par with Vallejo in the UK. The sets such as this German Armor Paint Set are even better value at £15 for a set of five bottles.
Using the paints:
The acid test , for me, was to put the test model next to a completed model which I was happy with.
This test model had been already been primed with Alclad, preshaded with Tamiya Flat Black/Earth mix, then I sprayed a light coat of DOA Dark Yellow followed by an overspray of DOA lightened with Vallejo white and stopped at that point.
The completed model had been fully finished with Tamiya paints as a factory fresh vehicle, which had taken a lot of work with mixing and filters to get to look ‘right’. When I put the two models side by side the DOA test model looked the perfect colour whereas the completed model looked grey by comparison. This test put the DOA paint at a distinct disadvantage and convinced me that this would be my base German Dark Yellow colour from now on.
Andrew from Trackpads had asked for feedback when I bought the paints. I contacted him and said that I was delighted with them, although I think the three colour camouflage colours are a full scale match, I thought they needed to be lightened for scale use. Andrew said that although everyone had agreed the colours were right that no one could agree on how much they should be lightened for scale effect. To this end DOA have produced a range of filters to lighten or darken any colours for personal taste, I liked that idea so much that I immediately bought the full set of filters and I look forward to trying them out later today, Royal Mail permitting!
I am pleased that I can whole-heartedly recommend these paints from this new manufacturer.
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|German Armor Paint Set|
by DOA via Trackpads By Robin Buckland
by Robin Buckland