Panel Line Accent Color (Black, Brown, Gray)
Tamiya has released a set of Panel Line Accent Colors. Currently they offer black, brown and gray. This product is enamel based so it’s best to use it over an acrylic paint such as … wait for it … Tamiya Paints.
The nice thing about these products is that they come premixed and the cap has a nice, fine brush built in (a la their glue bottles) so it’s a simple product to use.
So I tried it on a few test samples. The first was to use it straight on Tamiya Flat White.
The results were pretty good. The instructions indicate that use should use a cotton swap dipped in Tamiya Enamel Thinner. But I didn’t have any so I just used Mineral Spirits from a hardware store. Overall this worked great to get off a excess residue from the application. There isn’t too much residue when applying it to panel lines since the product runs quite well and the applicator brush is small. But there is more when applying it to areas like recessed rivets.
As you can see from the photo, there is a certain amount of staining that occurs. This is due to it being applied over a flat coat. While this might not be the look desired in a aircraft model, it can be a useful effect on armor.
Then I did a second test by first applying a coat of Tamiya Clear. This is a more traditional approach and the results are excellent.
As you can see from the photos, the panel lines come out quite straight and of uniform color which is basically what you want. I found the three colors to work well for many applications though I tend to use a brown/black mix more for typical panel lines rather than either brown or black. But the good thing is you can mix the colors to get what you need.
This product works great over an acrylic clear coat. It has a useful staining effect over flat paint that can be controlled by how much you remove using the enamel thinner.
Highly Recommended for Beginner to Advanced builders.
Thanks goes out to Tamiya for this review kit.
Reviewed by James Wechsler
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