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

113 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 30277

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

REAL COLORS AIR

133 COLORS • WWII • MODERN

RC206
Russian Cockpit Torquise

RC207
Leuchtorange Luminous Orange

RC208
Graublau Grey Blau

RC209
Olive Green USMC Green RAL 6003/FS 34095

RC210
Silvergrau Silver Grey

RC211
Grungrau Green Grey

RC212
Basaltgrau Basalt Grey

RC213
Steingrau Stone Grey

RC214
Lichtgrau Light Grey

RC215
Staubgrau Dustry Grey

RC216
Quarzgrau Quarz Grey

RC217
Seidengrau Silk Grey

RC218
Olivbraun Olive Braun

RC219
MNO 2036 Smalt Khaki Avion

RC220
Light Gull Grey FS 16440

RC221
ADC Grey FS 16473

RC222
Insignia White FS 17875

RC223
Tan FS 20400

RC224
Brown FS 30140

RC225
Dark Tan FS 30219

RC226
Sand FS 33531

RC227
Radome Tan FS 33613

RC228
USMC Sand FS 33711

RC229
US Army Helo Drab FS 34031

RC230
Dull Dark Green FS34092

RC231
Field Green FS 34097

RC232
Pale Green FS 34227

RC233
Green FS 34258

RC234
Agressor Blue FS 35109

RC235
Intermediate Blue FS 35164

RC236
Blue FS 35190

RC237
Medium Grey FS 35237

RC238
Light Blue FS 35414

RC239
Air Superiority Blue FS 35450

RC240
Light Sky Blue FS 35526

RC241
Duck Egg Blue FS 35662

RC242
Dark EggPlant Grey FS36076

RC243
Grey FS 36081

RC244
Medium Gunship Grey FS 36118

RC245
Have Glass Grey

RC246
F-15 Dark Grey (Mod Eagle) FS 36176

RC247
Dark Gull Grey FS 36231

RC248
Aggressor Grey FS 36251

RC249
Medium Grey FS 36270

RC250
Light Sea Grey FS 36307

RC251
Dark Ghost Grey FS 36320

RC252
Light Ghost Grey FS 36375

RC253
Light Grey FS 36495

RC254
Camouflage Grey FS 36622

RC255
M-485 Light Grey

RC256
M-485 Blue Grey

RC257
Sea Blue

RC258
Dark Sea Blue

RC259
Dark Olive Drab 41

RC260
Medium Green 42

RC261
Neutral Grey 43

RC262
US Interior Yellow Green

RC263
Zinc Cromate Yellow

RC264
Bronze Green

RC265
RLM 02 GLM-Grau (1938)

RC266
RLM 02 RLM-Grau (1941)

RC267
RLM 04

RC268
RLM 61 / RAL 8019

RC269
RLM 62

RC270
RLM 63

RC271
RLM 65 (1938)

RC272
RLM 65 (1941)

RC273
RLM 66

RC274
RLM 70

RC275
RLM 71

RC276
RLM 72

RC277
RLM 73

RC278
RLM 74

RC279
RLM 75

RC280
RLM 78 (1941)

RC281
RLM 78 (1942)

RC282
RLM 79 (1941)

RC283
RLM 79 (1942)

RC284
RLM 80

RC285
RAF Sky Grey FS 26273

RC286
RAF Dark Green

RC287
RAF Dark Earth

RC288
RAF Ocen Grey

RC289
RAF Medium Sea Grey BS381C/637

RC290
RAF Sky FS 34424

RC291
RAF Azure Blue

RC292
RAF Middle Stone

RC293
RAF Cockpit Grey-Green

RC294
RAF Dark Slate Grey

RC295
RAF Extra Dark Sea Grey BS381C/640

RC296
RAF Dark Sea Grey BS381C/638

RC297
RAF Pru Blue BSC381C/636

RC298
RAF Light Aircraft Grey BS381C/627

RC299
RAF Camouflage (Barley) Grey BS381C/626

RC300
RAF Dark Camouflage Grey BS381C/629

RC301
RAF Camouflage Beige (HEMP) BS381C/389

RC302
IJN J3 Hai-Ro (Grey)

RC303
IJN J3 SP (Amber Grey)

RC304
IJN D1 Deep Green Black

RC305
IJN D2 Green Black

RC306
IJN M3 (M) Mitsubishi Interior Green

RC307
IJN M3 (N) Nakajima Interior Green

RC308
AE-9 AII Light Grey

RC309
AII Protective (Green)

RC310
AII Light Blue

RC311
A-18F Light Blue

RC312
A-19F Green

RC313
AMT-1 Light Brown

RC314
A-21M Light Yellowish Brown

RC315
AMT-4/A-24M Green

RC316
AMT-7 Light Blue

RC317
AMT-11 Blue Grey

RC318
AMT-12 Dark Grey

RC319
A-14 Interior Steel Grey

RC320
RLM 76 Version 1

RC321
RLM 76 Version 2

RC322
RLM 76 Late War Variation

RC323
RLM 81 Version 1

RC324
RLM 81 Version 2

RC325
RLM 81 Version 3

RC326
RLM 82

RC327
RLM 83

RC328
Hairyokushoku (Grey Green)

RC329
Hairanshoku (Grey Indigo)

RC330
Ohryoku Nana Go Shoku (Olive Brown)

RC331
Midori Iro (Green)

RC332
Ao Midori Iro (Blue Green)

RC333
KI Midori Iro (Yellow Green)

RC334
Karkusa Iro (Dry Grass Colour)

RC335
Cha Kasshoku (Tea Colour)

RC336
MIG-25/MIG-31 Grey

RC337
MIG-29 Light Grey

RC338
MIG-29 Grey Green

REAL COLORS OF WWII
AFV

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%.

REAL COLORS OF WWII AIRCRAFT

The Real Colors for aircraft models could not be introduced without releasing a special book devoted to this subject. Renowned researchers Maciej Góralczyk, Gerald T. Högl, Jürgen Kiroff, Nicholas Millman and Mikhail V. Orlov teamed up in order to produce the most up-to-date reference book on the aircraft colors of the main WWII adversaries: Germany, United States, Great Britain and Soviet Union.

The resulting study is a comprehensive guide to the colors and camouflage schemes, presented on over 200 pages and illustrated with several color profiles, document reprints and dozens of b/w and color photos, many of which are very rare. Included is the latest information on the Luftwaffe’s late war colors, which have been reproduced as scale colors on the basis of the original paint factory recipes by Gerald T. Högl and Jürgen Kiroff. For the very first time, the unparalleled research on the Soviet Air Force colors done by Mikhail V. Orlov is introduced to the non-Russian readers. Nicholas Millman’s archival research brings us accurate reproduction and description of the colors used by the USAAF, US Navy and RAF/FAA.

This book is a true must-have for anyone with even a slight interest in WWII aircraft colors.


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%.