Hataka RAF Paint Set (WWII)

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 RAF fighter colors. That includes Dark Earth, Dark Green, Interior Green, Sky type S, Ocean Grey, and Medium Sea Grey. It would have been nice to have the yellow for the mid-late war wing leading edges, but that would have made an odd number of bottles that wouldn't fit into a standard box. These are also European colors and so would not be useful for many aircraft that operated in the Mediterranean theater.

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.

August 2022

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