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Weathered Wood Set
Weathered Wood Diorama Set
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by: Frederick Boucher [ JPTRR ]

Weathered Wood Set
Mfg. ID: CS 20
Contents: 6 x 22ml paint bottles

Lifecolor, a division of Astromodel of Italy, continues to expand their huge selection of acrylic paints with Weathered Wood Set. This set of six colors features paints to simulate age oxidation and decay of wood for all countries and eras.

Weathered Wood Set
Set CS 20 arrives in an attractive flip-top cardboard box with the six 22ml plastic bottles held in individual compartments. The bottle caps were molded with an internal rim which both provides a small palette cup as well as inhibits paint fouling the bottle cap thread.

These water soluble acrylic paints are made with very fine ground pigments for use on plastic, resin, metal, vinyl, wood, cloth and ceramic. They have no noticeable odor. I find them to be thinner than other brands I am used to, almost like a heavy wash. They do not seem to be formulated for one-pass brushing, rather for multiple passes and airbrushing.

There are no instructions other than as printed on the back of the box, plus six printed color chips. Lifecolor reminds us that these can be mixed with Tensocrom Medium to create washes and glazes.

This set includes:

UA 713 Warm Dark Shade
UA 714 Warm Base Color
UA 715 Warm Light Shade
UA 716 Cold Dark Shade
UA 717 Cold Base Color
UA 718 Cold Light Shade

What are those colors based upon? Scientists have identified approximately 10,000 species of trees with many subspecies, let us not overthink this. Wood coloration is a very subjective concept as it should be based upon the tree, soil, and exposure to environment. Where I dwell most freshly milled lumber is the stereotypical yellow-tan; untreated lumber like on barns will slowly weather into a silvery to black gray. Scrutinizing lumber buildings I have noticed that under the eaves the wood will remain a tan or brown down to where the sun and usual rain is blocked, below which the timber oxidizes and bleaches. These six wood paints can be used separately or combined to create any degree of splintery splendor you can imagine.
    Use this set of six colours to paint all weathered or new wood effects. They contain high pigment colours to paint wooden sleepers, carriages, buildings, bridges, structures, floors, naval decks, masts, sea defences, wooden furniture on weapons, flat-bed trucks, telegraph poles, fences, farm wagons, aircraft propellers, wooden airframes and any other wooden parts of scale models.

Warm Base Color is a sierra hue.

Warm Dark Shade is the umber brown of heartwood.

Warm Light Shade is an sienna hue of sapwood.

Warm Light Shade 2 is an ochre hue of sapwood.

Cold Base Color is a white chalky color. I think it is only appropriate for unprotected bare wood and highlights.

Cold Light Shade tends towards tanish-gray. It reminds me of lumber left out with mold beginning to take hold.

These paints are formulated for airbrushing and hand brushing. Except to make my color swatches I did not airbrush any of them as I think brush strokes are good for simulating wood and the thin coverage is not a factor since there will be other paints applied.

Lifecolor instructs that for airbrushing, use low pressure. Not surprising they also recommend using their own thinner but state water will suffice. I sprayed them with my Aztec airbrush with a acrylic general purpose (black) nozzle. Air was supplied from both my 35 year-old Thomas diaphragm compressor (No excess pressure there!) as well as a reservoir with a regulator from which I used 12-15 psi. Each paint was shot straight from the bottle onto a smooth unprimed white card sample swatch.

Airbrushed coverage is excellent. All six paints covered with complete opacity. None of the colors ran nor puddled straight from the bottle. I have no reason to believe that airbrushing them - as I would if I needed to cover a large surface with a base color - would be disappointing.

Bristle brushing
Bristle brushing was fair to good depending on the color and surface. As noted above I find them to be thinner than other brands I am used to, almost like a heavy wash. None of the colors left brushstrokes unless I purposely made them. None of the colors ran nor puddled.

I used a variety of brushes ranging from cheap craft stiff bristle acrylic types through soft camel hair artist brands.

Take note that none of the models shown have been overcoated with any matte finish. That's how flat these paints dry naturally.

Excellent! Due to the subjects I painted it is not practical to test it with tape although I did attack the surface of the junk bin with a razor saw. Instead I simply looked for nicks and scratches after normal handling. Results - no nicks or scratches.

Sitting at my keyboard writing this review I noted the wall paneling; it could be replicated almost perfectly with Warm Light Shade streaked with Warm Base Color. Looking about the neighborhood I see many untreated wood assemblies that can be reproduced with combinations of these paints. About the only wood effect I do not think this set can replicate is the silvery gray that can be mimicked with ink mixed with alcohol (IA) or perhaps Cold Base Color stained with IA.

Adhesion is awesome! The bottle design is great, as is the packaging. These paints cleaned easily with Lifecolor Cleaner or water.

The paints performed exceptionally well via airbrush. Lifecolor states they should be thinned with the brand thinner. Brushing is different from my experience with other acrylics because they are so thin out of the bottle. Yet these paints perform well with multiple coats.

Five wood colors are very common to any lumber. Cold Base Color may be a common color for a European wood but I am dubious about its value except to highlight. You can see several images of weathered wood as described above. Each wood hue is useful although I would prefer that Lifecolor developed the silvery gray.

One concern I have encountered in previous Lifecolor reviews is that these neat sets cost more than if one were to buy each bottle separately. I did not calculate the cost of this set verses buying each color individually. A recent review stated that the price difference seems to have been addressed.

These are quality paints and I certainly recommend them.

Please tell retailers and vendors that you saw this review here - on RailRoadModeling.
Highs: These paints brush well with multiple coats and adhesion is awesome, as is coverage by airbrush. Bottle design is great with nice packaging and these paints cleaned easily with water.
Lows: One color does not have any real value except for highlighting. Brushing is different from my experience with other acrylics because they are so thin out of the bottle.
Verdict: Any modeler with a need to simulate wood - these are quality paints that are an excellent basic set for replicating wood.
Percentage Rating
  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: CS20
  Suggested Retail: 16.99, $26.00
  PUBLISHED: Nov 05, 2013

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About Frederick Boucher (JPTRR)

I'm a professional pilot with a degree in art. My first model was an AMT semi dump truck. Then Monogram's Lunar Lander right after the lunar landing. Next, Revell's 1/32 Bf-109G...cried havoc and released the dogs of modeling! My interests--if built before 1900, or after 1955, then I proba...

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Excellent review Frederick, very usefull. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
NOV 13, 2013 - 11:07 PM

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