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AK interactive Paint Brushes
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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 04:25 AM UTC
Sal Bertocci takes a look at a new offering from AK Interactive, Paint Brushes.

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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 07:28 AM UTC
Sal how do these brushes move the paint around in terms of obtaining an even layer and do they clean up easily or does the paint get drawn into the ferrule (I believe is the correct term)?
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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 01:51 PM UTC

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Sal how do these brushes move the paint around in terms of obtaining an even layer and do they clean up easily or does the paint get drawn into the ferrule (I believe is the correct term)?



Darren didn't try them out yet and I know that different brand/types of paints will react differently but I will try some out tomorrow and let you all know. And yes it is called a ferrule
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Posted: Saturday, July 28, 2012 - 05:57 PM UTC
Looking forward to seeing the results Sal!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 12:41 AM UTC

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Sal how do these brushes move the paint around in terms of obtaining an even layer and do they clean up easily or does the paint get drawn into the ferrule (I believe is the correct term)?



Just a quick update here to answer Darrens questions. I use the #2 round brush with Model Masters Acrylic Paints both the Black and the Leather that covers the seats. Ihad some mixed results as the Leather color required a 2nd coat to get it where it is but no problem with the black
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Clean up was with plain water and not a problem as the paint was not drawn more then halfway into the bristles
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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 10:55 PM UTC
Hi Sal

Looking at your spray pattern on the cammo you need to thin your paints more before airbrushing, there is a lot of splatter going on there. or up the air pressure to get better atomisation.

Paul
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - 11:57 AM UTC
This is an interesting review. I don't think I've ever seen a review of a paintbrush on Armorama before.

I do think there is a place here for such reviews but it would be a better and more useful review if you had tried the brushes out and included the results in your review.

Without trying them out all it is is a description of what the paintbrushes look and feel like which is not much use to any prospective buyer.

Do you feel the longer handle gives the AK brushes an advantage over other brushes?

Having used the #2 round brush do you still think the brush tip was a little wide?
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Posted: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 - 12:36 PM UTC
Thank you for the information Sal, regards reviewing paint brushes I am glad it was not me as I would have been a little lost on where to start.
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 04:45 PM UTC

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This is an interesting review. I don't think I've ever seen a review of a paintbrush on Armorama before.

Do you feel the longer handle gives the AK brushes an advantage over other brushes?

Having used the #2 round brush do you still think the brush tip was a little wide?


Hi Pat, just reviewing what was sent to me
I feel that the longer handle gives the brush a more balanced feel in the hand and I liked that, but with that said I tried the 3/0 brush today on some PzIV road wheels rubber and didn't like the way the oversized tip reacted. I was not pleased at all with the way the bristles fanned out and didn't stay in a tight point I may repaint them and start over with my old brush
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Posted: Saturday, August 04, 2012 - 09:57 PM UTC

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Hi Pat, just reviewing what was sent to me
I feel that the longer handle gives the brush a more balanced feel in the hand and I liked that, but with that said I tried the 3/0 brush today on some PzIV road wheels rubber and didn't like the way the oversized tip reacted. I was not pleased at all with the way the bristles fanned out and didn't stay in a tight point I may repaint them and start over with my old brush



Sal, that's all great information but I think it should be in the body of the review, not in the follow up. Otherwise, as I said it's just a description of what the paintbrushes look like.

I know that for armor models and figures we get first look reviews (I've done them myself) but I don't think that approach is useful for tools.
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Posted: Sunday, August 05, 2012 - 06:24 PM UTC
I have a set of these AK brushes and first, they are an excellent value. Although being low priced, they are of high quality, and compare very well against my Winsor & Newton Series 7 brushes! The AK brushes are synthetic and can be used with oil, enamel, or acrylic mediums. The bristles are surprisingly soft but hold their shape perfectly. Brush painting acrylics, they leave no brush marks. The brushes hold a paint load well, without paint migrating into the ferrule. The round brushes hold their point with a paint load, are easy to control, and highly accurate. Paint goes right where you intend to put it and fine lines can be achieved with ease. The brushes clean easily and completely, maintaining their new appearance and holding their shape. The long handles make for a well balanced brush in your hand and easy identification in your brush stand. I've been using only these brushes for the past week to put them through their paces and see how good they are and I have to say I am impressed and pleased with the AK Interactive brushes.
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Posted: Monday, August 06, 2012 - 01:29 AM UTC
In all honesty, its quite hard to review a paint brush as it would be with most tools. We all have preferences, whether it be bias or what we are used to/have experience of.
Holding a big load is not a preference for me ... I use quality brushes for the finer details and spray the rest. I like a brush that holds sufficient for the small area Im working on, but I do like a brush to keep its point and shape while painting. There are too many factors to take into account between different modellers to fully comprehend what works for each of us. Saying that ... between what Sal and Matt have said, Id be curious enough to pick one of these up and try for myself. I do agree with Pat as well ... this follow up information should be included in the review for Sal. It would even be a good idea for Matt to send in his own reveiw. Different opinions are always helpful.