Hataka Luftwaffe in Africa Paint Set

REVIEWER: Scott Van Aken
NOTES: Six 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. I've used these paints and really like them. So when I saw this set at a decent price, I went for it.

This particular set covers what is basically shades unique to the desert environs, though they were used elsewhere. There are two common shades, RLM 66 black grey for interiors and RLM04 yellow used for theater markings. The other shades are RLM 79 sand, RLM79b which is a darker sand, RLM 80 olive green, and RLM 78, an underside light blue-grey.

I've grown quite fond of these paints and I think that if you get the chance to use them, you will like them too.

January 2023

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