POWERPLANT SHADES

POWERPLANT SHADES

Italian firm Lifecolor has released the third of its acrylic Perfect Metal packages… Set 3 Engines. CHRIS CLIFFORD road-tests all six hues.

POWERPLANT SHADES

Reviewing a new airbrush from Iwata also afforded me the chance to see how Lifecolor’s new acrylic paint set, aimed at car modellers, performs. Perfect Metal Set 3 Engines (CS51), follows the company’s other Perfect Metal offerings, Set 1 Shell Case, and Set 2 Aircraft, and provides six shades suitable for finishing auto engines, all in 22ml bottles.

POWERPLANT SHADES

For clarity and ease of comparison, I airbrushed each shade on the wing of a spare 1/32 P-51 Mustang. The colours were diluted with Lifecolor’s own thinner, and each sprayed well at around 12psi (0.8 bar), at a distance of approximately 4-5cm. The hues are incredibly useful as they emulate the many nuances seen on car engines, whether road or race vehicles, but one or two could also be handy for portraying burnt/heat-stained metal on aircraft. The colours are:

•    UA 7001 Weathered Steel
•    UA 7002 Framework Iron
•    UA 7003 Cast Iron
•    UA 7004 Piston Engine Block
•    UA 7005 Burned Pipes
•    UA 7006 Darkened Copper

POWERPLANT SHADES

All dried to a silky-smooth finish and look highly convincing – and will be splendid for car builders, especially when the engines can be viewed in full. Think a Group C car, such as a Porsche 956/962, with the rear body shell off. Another plus point is that no black base coat is required, as is the case with metallics from Alclad.

The paint can also be thinned with water besides Lifecolor’s own thinner, but it’s advisable to use the firm’s cleaner between shades and at the end of your airbrushing session. These and other sets (and individual shades) are available in the UK via: www.airbrushes.com