DOA German Armour Paint Set

Introduction

DOA Dunkelgelb PaintAs 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:

  • Panzer Gray (Dunkelgrau RAL 7021)
  • Dark Yellow 1943 (Dunkelgelb RAL 7028)
  • Olive Green(Olivgrun RAL 6003)
  • Red Brown(Rotbraun RAL 8017)
  • Track Brown

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 German Dark Yellow (Dunkelgelb RAL 7028 basecoat), Red Brown (Rotbraun RAL 8017) and Olive Green (Olivgrun RAL 6003) appear to me to be a perfect match for the full size colours. The paint sprayed straight from the bottle at 20psi, which is a higher pressure than I like to work with, so I added a drop of water and I was able to spray at my preferred 10-15 psi. I prefer to lighten real colours for scale effect so I added some Vallejo Model Colour white to the DOA paint and it mixed and sprayed perfectly. I also tried Tamiya paint mixed with DOA which produced the same faultless performance. The DOA paint dried to a perfectly smooth matt finish which gives the impression of a very slight sheen on smooth surfaces and did not obscure any of the very fine cast texture on the Dragon model which was the test subject. The finish is far smoother than any of the acrylic paints which I currently use and, up until now, I have been happy with. The Panzer Gray (Dunkelgrau RAL 7021) appeared, too light at first but after spraying it dried darker to a colour that I am happy to use as scale Panzer Grey. The Track Brown almost matched, perfectly the colour which I mix to paint German tracks and use for preshading but I prefer the DOA colour!

DOA Paints Track BrownI have brush painted DOA German Dark Yellow and Track Brown straight from the bottle to touch in not only areas primed with Alclad, but also unprimed areas of plastic, Mr Surfacer ,wax and even unprimed brass.  Brush painting straight from the bottle produced a smooth effect and will make difficult jobs such as sharpening up fuzzy borders on hard edge camouflage a lot easier. A couple of coats were required on unprimed material, but it was so fast drying when brushed on hat it was not a chore.

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!

Conclusion:

I am pleased that I can whole-heartedly recommend these paints from this new manufacturer.

Devil Over the Atlantic (DOA) have produced paints which can be used by anyone regardless of their skill level or experience without specialist thinners or additives and produce immaculate results. I am looking forward to the release of their WWII German interior colours!
 

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