For anyone painting United States Army Helicopters from the Vietnam-era onward, one of the latest releases from Ammo by Mig is an Air Set providing three different greens and flat black for the rotor blades. The bottles include a mixing ball (as identified by the yellow cap) which greatly aids in agitating the paint prior to use. I find the paints of a consistency that allows for brush painting straight from the bottle, and I add a small amount of thinner when airbrushing. This is a great set that I highly recommend if you have any US Army helicopters in your stash.
This set includes four bottles of paint as follows: A.MIG-0019 4BO Russian Green, A.MIG-0046 Matt Black, A.MIG-0925 RLM83 Olive Drab Dark, and A.MIG-0929 Olive Drab Shine. To try out this set I used a bagged kit of the 1/100 scale AH-1G Cobra from Academy (kit 3100-9000). The kit contained no instructions or decals, but I was able to find a copy of the instructions online. The kit was last released through Revell Germany, but is not currently being produced.
I primed the Cobra using an airbrush with Stynylrez Black, then applied their White primer to add some highlights. I then sprayed the Ammo by Mig “Army Green” (this is the color mentioned on the back side of the packaging for the bottle labeled as “4BO Russian Green”. I added around five drops of Vallejo Airbrush Thinner and a drop of Vallejo Flow Improver to around 12 to 15 drops of the paint spraying at 20 psi. I do not have any of the Ammo by Mig recommended airbrush thinner but have had no issues using the Vallejo products with this and other similar acrylic paints.
As far as my hits are concerned, the paint worked beautifully using both a paintbrush straight from the bottle and airbrushed well using Vallejo Airbrush Thinner. Looking at photos of the helicopters currently in use by the US Army, this set will work with anything flown in Vietnam or later. The flat black is also a nice touch when painting the rotors of your helicopter. I had no misses to mention for this set of paints.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this paint set to any modeler looking to build a US Army helicopter, and with the recent release of the AH-64 kits by Takom in 1/35 scale, this would be a great set to have. As I mentioned up front, the paints apply well using a paintbrush directly from the bottle and will airbrush well at about a 60/40 mix (paint to thinner) with an acrylic paint thinner.
I would like to thank the folks at Ammo by Mig Jimenez for being gracious enough to provide this Figures Set to the IPMS-USA for review!
Thanks to Phil Peterson for running the Review Corps along with our Postmaster Bill, and the other folks behind the scenes publishing the reviews. Finally, my sincere appreciation to all who take the time to read this.
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