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Vallejo Paint Set - IJN Pre war to 1945

Postby snapdragon » Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:06 am

Vallejo Paint Set - IJN pre war to 1945

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A set of 8 paints that provides not quite a comprehensive set, but a major part for painting Imperial Japanese Navy aircraft for the war. These are chipset accurate paints and Vallejo are to be congratulated on getting these out to modellers.

There are two colours in this set which will have Japanese aircraft modellers foaming at the mouth and saying that they are either accurate or not. The fact is that these paints ARE accurate - all of them to the chipset that survives in Japanese national archives. Anyone who disputes this is reading the wrong information or just can't be bothered to get out and do proper research.

More of those colours as we go through the set

On the back of the set box is a series of colour representations of various aircraft and the colour use.

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In the set are 8 Model Air paints, of which two are unique to the set and can't be bought as a single bottle.

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Lets look at the colours. Again plastic spoons have been sacrificed to the great white paint god. Paint is used directly from the bottle after a good shaking and sprayed through a 0.4mm nozzle undiluted at 18-20psi until full colour depth has been gained. The paint is left to dry and cure while the airbrush is broken down and cleaned after every colour to avoid cross-contamination before photographing under standard daylight lighting.

71325 - IJN Dark Black Green - Upper surface colour overall. Used on Mitsubishi and other makes.

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71322 - IJN Black Green - Upper surface overall. Common on Nakajima produced Zeros and other aircraft from other manufacturers.

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71310 - IJN Deep Dark Green - Upper surface overall. Used by Kawanashi, Aichi etc.

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71311 - IJN Ash Grey - Colour used until 1942/43 by all embarked aircraft on all surfaces or combined with Dark Black Green/Black Green for upper surfaces.

This is the colour seen on Zeros and other aircraft during the Pearl Harbour attack. This paint reacts with salty air and gradually turns almost a chalky white. Most, if not all aircraft used during the attack were embarked brand new from the factory just prior to sailing and the paint wasn't really exposed to sea conditions until the day of the attack. Therefore this is the colour to use.

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71312 - IJN Medium Grey - Used in lower surfaces only along with green upper surfaces.

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71418 - IJN Medium Brown - Upper surface colour combined with Dark Black Green/Black Green on Ash Grey/Medium Grey lower surface. Bombers and Seaplanes in Chinese and Pacific Theatre of Operations until Middle of the war. This can also be used for late war propeller colour.

This is one colour that is unique to this set.

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71419 - Aotake (semi-transparent Blue) - Translucent lacquer used as corrosion sealant on the interior structures of aircraft.

This is the colour that causes much discussion around the net. To realise what this actual was and could be is very difficult because of several things. It was a lacquer paint put on by brush and not sprayed. This paint was made by hand in small batches. This means that the formulae varied from batch to back and this lone could produce colours ranging from a pale blue to a green colour. As well as this the mixture had a chemical reaction with itself and with the metal it was put on. Also a further reaction took place when exposed to natural daylight and salt air. All these reactions made the colour for each batch and aircraft unique with the lacquer producing several different shades on the same aircraft depending on the area and the thickness of the application. There are supposedly two colours - Blue and Green. This is not the case as there was only one formulae and as the ingredients were hand measured and small batches produced then every batch differed. Some produces a blue/green colour while some produced a green colour etc.

To produce Aotake for this set, Vallejo used the official chipset colour and it is an excellent starting colour which the modeller can vary themselves. Lifecolor also produce an Aotake paint which is a light blue metallic colour, but the actual colour wasn't a metallic colour, but when seen on original and restored aircraft it looks like a metallic colour, but that it because it is translucent and you can see the shine of the aluminium underneath.

OK... now we've got that sorted, this is the chipset colour and the paint in the set.

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I decided to go a little further and to try and reproduce this colour as it would have looked, for instance in the wheel wells. I turned, not to Vallejo's Aluminium, but to my normal go to metal paints - Ak Interactive's Xtreme Metal Aluminium.

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Another Spoon was sacrificed and left to cure.

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Then the Aotake was applied to full depth. It is possible to vary the depth of this paint and have a lighter effect, but by applying this over the paint it to me changed the aspect of the Aotake.

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The bottom spoon is just from the bottle. I think that a highly polished Aluminium could produce a different effect again. but I think that it's clear that this particular paint needs a metal reflective undersurface. It doesn't say that on the box! A very useful paint to have in your paint box if you are doing a Japanese aircraft. There has been no chemical reaction between the AK Aluminium and the Vallejo Aotake. This is the second paint that is unique to the set.

71062 - Aluminium All over on very late war or partial use along with camouflage surfaces. Also used extensively pre-war.

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The only colours that are missing is the Blue/Black of the cowling seen on zeros and many other aircraft and the cockpit greens from Mitsubishi and Nakajima. These though, can be found in AK's IJN paint set and although they are "Scale Converted" paints are close enough to fill in.

Conclusion.

A really good chipset accurate set from Vallejo for Japanese aircraft modellers and I am sure that once the teeth gnashing mouth foaming fit over the Ash Grey and Aotake colours had been digested and accepted then this set and probably the AK one will end up being the standard and found in paint boxes world wide.
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Re: Vallejo Paint Set - IJN Pre war to 1945

Postby steve131 » Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:21 pm

Another great review ,many thanks Snapdragon's shame the aotake not sold singular :( .Will you purchase these sets again and will they end up on your ZM squadron :?:
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Re: Vallejo Paint Set - IJN Pre war to 1945

Postby snapdragon » Sat Oct 01, 2016 12:57 pm

I purchased this set not only with testing in mind but for the ZM kits and also Tamiya's Zero kits which I am on the hunt for. Matched with AK's set then all Japans Naval air subjects can be done.

AK's IJN set here:

http://www.partworkmodels.co.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=173&t=7242

It is a shame that the Aotake and Brown paints are only found in this set, but that are limited use in aircraft compared to the other colours in the set and so should last quite a while.
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