Hataka Early War Soviet Paint Set

PRICE: $25.00  
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Eight shades

One thing that modelers are not lacking is a choice of hobby paints. In recent years, those which are offered in 17ml 'eyedropper' bottles have become very popular in Europe and various bottle designs are used by major manufacturers. I personally like them as it makes getting the paint out of the bottles a lot easier than digging out of tinlets or having to pour from a glass jar.

Hataka is a line out of Poland and while they do water based acrylics, I prefer lacquers when it comes to painting. Lacquers do require additional precautions, but the improved quality of the paint along with the greater adhesion makes these types of paint worth it. I also find that lacquers provide a smoother finish. So when it came time to get some paints for a Soviet aircraft project, I decided to give Hataka a try. This was encouraged by the fact that I'd run out of several shades in the Colourcoats paints I had previously been using for Soviet subjects.

This particular set covers early war shades that include Aluminum, AE-9 light grey, A II Green (protective), A II Light Blue, AMT-7 Greyish-Blue, AMT-4 Camouflage Green, Night Black and MK-7 Temporary White. These shades will work on fighters such as Yak-9 (early), Polikarpov fighters and attack planes like the early Pe-2 and IL-2.  A very useful set and I can tell you from using the later shades that this is superb paint.

December 2020

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