PRICE: $3.49 for a 1 ounce (35ml) bottle from
REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: A wide variety of WWI colors available

A few weeks ago, Michael Taylor of Mister Kit USA contacted me and asked if I'd like to try out his WWI paints. Mister Kit produces what is probably the widest range of acrylic paints for WWI aircraft and these are considered by many to be the most accurate and best around.  Realizing that I (a) don't build a lot of WWI kits and (b) generally use enamels, I thought about it for a while and then worked out that whatever colors are used on a Sopwith Triplane would be the best bet for m. This is because there is little in the way of freehand detail work and it would give me an opportunity to try these out.

I've used a couple of their WWII colors and was impressed. These are just as good. Test spraying a few of the colors the other night, showed that they went on smoothly and covered very well, even over a myriad of underlying shades. You'll be pleased that these come with a full ounce of paint making it a decent value over other brands.

Michael sent me BC (for British Color) 01, 02, 03, 05 and 06, which are Battleship Grey (for metal panels), PC-12 and PC-10 for upper surface colors, Clear Doped Linen for the undersides and AMAPD  Reddish Brown, which is used as an upper surface color for tropical areas. The only thing not sent was Nivo as I have no intention of doing a night fighter.

I'll let you know how these work on the model when it is done. For now, I would highly recommend visiting him at to see what he has that you may be interested in. As Michael told me, if folks buy it, he'll keep bringing it in, but right now things are very much on a trial basis. Give it a try on your next WWI kit. There are lots of you out there that do these models. I think you will find you'll like it.

April 2006

Review samples courtesy of Mister Kit USA, where you can buy direct.