REAL ACRYLIC LACQUER

The new Real Colors paint range is a very, very special step forward for AK.

And we guess for you, too.

AK Real Colors is a state-of-the-art acrylic lacquer paint developed in our own laboratories.

We are bringing to you a whole new range of acrylic lacquer paints and another step in the evolution of the products from our company. That has been a project we have been quietly thinking, working and developing for a long, long time.

Our objectives were for an improved chemical formula over other brands in the market and a paint of the highest quality. And finally, after all that lengthy, quiet development and testing, we have them ready for you to enjoy: Real Colors.

Just to start, a line of 114 references (Standard, WWII, Modern, Clear and Varnishes) perfectly suited for AFVs, and readying a similar line specifically for aircraft. So stay tuned in the coming months ;)

Check all the Real Colors videos HERE in our Youtube channel

Real Colors bring to you a number of advantages over other brands:

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FORGET THE CLOGGING:
AK REAL COLORS
FLOWS SMOOOOOTHLY
IN YOUR AIRBRUSH.

Spraying is now a real pleasure and thanks to our new chemical formula, even if you damp the surface too much, the paint stretches and dries with a nice matt finish.

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FOR DILUTION,
OUR REAL COLOR THINNER
WORKS REALLY GREAT...
BUT OTHERS TOO.

Can be diluted with our own specific thinner or the ones from other brands and types: acrylic lacquer (non-vinyl), lacquer thinner, alcohol, water...

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HOLDS FIRMLY
ALL KIND
OF WEATHERING
AND EXTRA EFFECTS.

Paint adheres and dries perfectly with a soft matt finish, so you can throw on it all the treatments, punishment and weathering you love to make.

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HIGHLY COMPATIBLE
WITH OTHER
ACRYLIC LACQUER
BRANDS.

If lost in a forgotten island, you can easily mix Real Colors with the stock of paints from other brands you may have ;)

THE GLASS BOTTLE: Real Colors top to bottom.

Our brand new paint needed also a brand new bottle.
So we are pleased to introduce to you our exclusive, practical, new 10ml glasss bottle...

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COLOR LABEL ON TOP
Easy to spot what you need.

AIRTIGHT SCREW CAP
Paint always fresh & ready.

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10ml GLASS BOTTLE
Perfect to store our
new formula, highest quality paint.
Perfect to store our
114 accurate, precise colors.

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AK QUALITY
Our bottle.
Our paint.
Your enjoyment.

REAL COLOR ACCURACY

We had the right formula.

Now, for the right color, we needed the advice and expertise some wise men have acquired on this subject. It was time for calling to The Experts.

Their knowledge on the matter is second to none. They have researched for years through official, private and industry archives about the inception, development, production and use of military colors. Their work over the original army orders and documents, has been reflected in many definitive books and articles. All these have contributed not just in bringing for modelers a wealth of new and reliable information, but helped also dispelling a lot of myths.

We are grateful for the combined effort by these experts, which along with the study of preserved equipment and the laboratory work, make together the most detailed and meticulous study carried out by a paint brand to get our accurate, Real Colors.

THE EXPERTS

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Born in 1956 in Nüremberg, Germany. Studied precision instrument engineering and since 1988 is at the wheel of the family bussiness Farben-Kiroff-Technik in Fürth/Bavaria.

He’s both an expert technician and a big fan of the research and study of colors, and a devoted aviation historian. Along the years he has authored some real classic references like the two volumes devoted to the Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945, famous amongst modellers for the informative text, the number of previously unknown photographs and the useful color paint chip cards. He has also writen a good number of articles and publications. Actually aviation and historic museums (like the German Technical Museum Berlin, the Luftwaffe Museun Gatow, the Luftfahrtmuseum Laatzen, etc.) and a number or European private restorers are making good use of his knowledge to reproduce the original colors.

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Born in 1963 at Wroclaw, Poland. Work at the Wroclawís University of Economics in Macroeconomics Department as professor. His specialization is international marketing and cultural considerations of international business.

Since 1991 is the owner of ACE Publication publishing office and information agency. He has co-operated with many Polish and foreign publishers like Caraktere SARL from France, Hobby Japan and Shinkigensha from Japan, and Magnum-X and Stratus/MMP Books from Poland. Has writen over 50 books, both on armor (like T-34-85 1944-1945 camouflage & markings, IS tanks camouflage and makings, Panzerwaffe aces camouflage & markings) and aircraft (like Il28 Beagle, MiG-21bis, Fokker D.XXI, MiG-29 Fulcrum camouflage and markings, Su-27 Flanker family camouflage & markings, MiG-29 close-up photo book, Macchi C.202 Folgore, Fiat Cr 42 Falco) and over 200 articles published in Poland and around the world.

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Born in 1940 at Northampton, UK. Worked briefly in aviation and coach-building, was member of the Royal Observer Corps, teachied aircraft recognition and nuclear blast/fallout monitoring, and was emergency driver/technician for 30+ years until retirement as an Operational First Line Manager.

Mike has a lifelong interest in military aircraft and vehicle camouflage & colors. He has writen and self publish four most useful booklets on WW2 British military colors: the concise text and notes, the line drawings showing the camouflage schemes and patterns, along with colour chips and paint mixes, have become a handy reference and a must for British Army modellers. He also produces a range of 1/76 decal sheets, and builds aircraft and military vehicle models whilst researching accurate color mixes for WW2 RAF aircraft and from other nations. Has also co-authored five books on pre-WW 2 USAAC, USN/USMC, pre-WW RAF and F.A.A. and training aircraft.

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Born in 1952, Steven J. Zaloga is a recognized American historian, defense consultant, and author on military technology. He has received a bachelor's degree cum laude in History from Union College and a masters degree at Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses (a federal think tank) and presently is a senior analyst at the Teal Group.

He has researched and published many books and articles dealing with modern military technology and warfare, especially the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is also a noted scale armor modeler, member of the AMPS (Armor Modeling and Preservation Society) and a frequent and very active contributor to several modelling websites.

ANALYZING THE ORIGINAL COLORS

For the study of preserved equipment to get the best idea of the original colors we trusted in recognized and independent laboratories. Usually these pieces have suffered from weather and exposure, but some fairly protected parts show clearly how these colors looked when new. These match the original color chips, sometimes differing just a little due to the variety of paint components used.

The composition of the color can be find out using current technology with a + -1% error, depending on the pigments used, the specific colors and the state of conservation. The technique used to discover the originally used pigments is based on the color curve in the visible spectrum band. The perception of the color depends on the type of illuminant or light that affects the object, and the human eye that observes the object.

Various factors can alter the perception of color, so a spectrophotometer is used to apply the light (daylight, incandescent and fluorescent) in the same way every time to collect a consistent, objective color curve. That color curve would be of a determined color, with a determined illuminant and composed of several pigments. We must find out the pigments and their combination to get a color curve which matches the curve generated by the original sample. A database maintains the characteristics of each original pigment and its specific curve, so a program can match and select the right ones for the color curve to be the same under all three illuminants. It could be possible to reach a certain color along different paths and pigment mixtures. But only one of them is the one that will reproduce, exactly, the original mixture of pigments with the exact same curve under all of the illuminants. That’s the Real Color.

We are grateful for the combined effort by these experts, the study of preserved equipment and the laboratory work, that make together the most detailed and meticulous study carried out by a paint brand to get our accurate, Real Colors.

THE PAINTS

114 COLORS • STANDARD • WWII • MODERN • CLEAR • VARNISHES

RC001
Flat Black

RC002
Cream White

RC003
White Grey

RC004
Flat White

RC005
Signal Red

RC006
Red

RC007
Yellow

RC008
Maize Yellow

RC009
Orange

RC010
Pure Blue

RC011
Blue

RC012
Pure Green

RC013
Off White

RC014
Buff

RC015
Gun Metal

RC016
Ochre

RC017
Pale BLue

RC018
Pale Sand

RC019
Deck Tan

RC020
Aluminium Metallic

RC021
Pale Grey

RC022
Rubber Black

RC023
Olive Drab Nº9 / Nº22

RC024
Olive Drab Faded

RC025
Dark Olive Drab Nº31

RC026
Olive Drab
FS 34087

RC027
Forest Green
FS 34079

RC028
Light Green
FS 34151

RC029
Nº5 Earth Brown
FS 30099

RC030
Earth Yellow
FS 30257

RC031
Nº8 Earth Red
FS 30117

RC032
Desert Sand
FS 30279

RC033
Khaki Green Nº3

RC034
S.C.C. 1A Brown

RC035
S.C.C. 2 Brown

RC036
S.C.C 14 Blue Black

RC037
S.C.C 15 Olive Drab

RC038
BSC Nº28 Silver Grey

RC039
BSC Nº34 Slate

RC040
BSC Nº61 Light Stone

RC041
BSC Nº64 Portland Stone

RC042
British Dark Olive Green PFI

RC043
British Desert Pink ZI

RC044
British Light Mud

RC045
BSC Nº49 Light Purple Brown

RC046
Elfelbein Ivory
RAL 1001

RC047
Olivgrün Olive Green
RAL 6003

RC048
Feldgrau Field Grey
RAL 6006

RC049
Grün Green
RAL 6007

RC050
Dunkelgrün Dark Green
RAL 6009

RC051
Marinegrau Navy Grey
RAL 7002

RC052
Grau Grey
RAL 7003

RC053
Graugrün Gray Green
RAL 7008

RC054
Hellgraü Light Grey
RAL 7009

RC055
Blaugrau Blue Grey
RAL 7016

RC056
Dunkelbraun Dark Brown
RAL 7017

RC057
Dunkelgrau Dark Gray
RAL 7021

RC058
Grau Gray
RAL 7027

RC059
Dunkelgelb Nach
Muster

RC060
Dunkelgelb
Dark Yellow
RAL 7028

RC061
Dunkelgelb Ausgabe 44
RAL7028 ver. 1944

RC062
Dunkelgelb Dark Yellow
(variant)

RC063
Gelbbraun Yellow Brown
RAL 8000

RC064
Erdgelb Earth Yellow
RAL 8002

RC065
Braun Brown
RAL 8010

RC066
Rot Red Brown
RAL 8013

RC067
Rot Red Brown
RAL 8012

RC068
Rotbraun Red Brown
RAL 8017

RC069
Braun Brown
RAL 8020

RC070
Common Protective ZO

RC071
Black 6RP

RC072
Protective K

RC073
Protective 4BO

RC074
Dark Brown 6K

RC075
Sand 7K

RC076
Protective Green 1920s-1930s

RC077
ZB AU Basic Protector

RC078
APC Interior Green

RC079
Carc Tan 686A

RC080
NATO Green

RC081
NATO Brown

RC082
NATO Black

RC083
Green
FS 34102

RC084
Sand
FS 30377

RC085
Field Drab
FS 30118

RC086
Gelboliv (Initial)
RAL 6014

RC087
Gelboliv (Late)
RAL 6014

RC088
Sandbeige
RAL 1039-F9

RC089
Graubeige Grey Beige
RAL 1040-F9

RC090
Helloliv Olive
RAL 6040-F9

RC091
Tarngrau
RAL 7050-F9

RC092
Sandbraun
RAL 8031-F9

RC093
British Sand Yellow

RC094
IDF Sinai Grey

RC095
IDF Sinai Grey (1982)

RC096
IDF Sinai Grey (1973)

RC097
UAE Sand Dull

RC098
Russian Modern Green

RC099
Russian Greyish Yellow

RC100
Russian Grey Green

RC101
Egyptian Desert Sand

RC102
Syrian Republican Guard Desert Yellow

RC103
Libyan Army Desert Grey

RC104
Iraqi Army Desert Sand

RC105
Spanish Green

RC500
Flat Varnish

RC501
Satin Varnish

RC502
Gloss Varnish

RC503
Clear Red

RC504
Clear Blue

RC505
Clear Green

RC506
Clear Orange

RC507
Clear yellow

THE BOOK

To round-up the Real Colors presentation to the modelling community, we thought about preparing a special book.

A limited edition and accurately printed book devoted to the original colors of WWII, authored by experts Jürgen Kiroff, Przemyslaw Skulski, Mike Starmer & Steven Zaloga.

A real travel through the research of official, private and industry archives about the development and use of colors on German, Russian USA and British AFVs. 200 pages full of text, color photographs, camouflage schemes, profiles, general camouflage rules, etc. A must book for modellers who like to know more about the real thing and THE definitive guide for WWII AFV Colors.


CONTENTS

German colors & camouflage.
RAL system & color cards. OKH regulations Pre-war Early war Russia Africa The Tricolor system The beginning of the end The end Dunkelgelb and Rotbraun color comparison Original color parts and analysis WWII color photographs

Soviet camouflage.
Camouflage of the Red Army vehicles Description of paints Original color parts WWII color photographs

British camouflage.
The color standards Pre-war, B.E.F. & Home Forces New colors & changes U.S. supplied vehicles Middle East Colors: The Caunter Scheme. Other areas Caunter cancelled October 1942 & post Alamein Tunisia, Sicily & Italy colors Change of color The Far East

U.S. Army camouflage
Olive Drab Camouflage paints. Camouflage manuals Field camouflage Camouflage in the Pacific


Extremely important, the chips that appear in the book, even though they are not painted with paint (which would increase the complexity of the publishing process and make the book prohibitively expensive) are highly controlled and calibrated in the most precise way, under the current parameters of printing and technology, to provide the modeller with the most accurate color chips available. The tolerance of colors in the book is +/- 4%.