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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 09:08 #1

Came across this review. Its nicely done so I thought I would share.



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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 09:14 #2

These do look like they could be useful, I plan to get a few to try out. Prismacolor pencils have been on my bench a very long time, but these seem to be different and worth a shot. :thumbsup
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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 09:36 #3

I think the main draw will the that these are color specific for modeling. I'm on the fence about picking any up at the moment though.
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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 09:57 #4

Nice, so they have "Pre war steel forged at Detroit factory 2" color? :rotf

I like that they blend. :popcorn
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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 10:20 #5

Iron Mike wrote:
These do look like they could be useful, I plan to get a few to try out. Prismacolor pencils have been on my bench a very long time, but these seem to be different and worth a shot. :thumbsup

Prismacolor are wax based. These are more like a dry pigment or pastel.

They didn't reinvent the wheel here, just offered a narrow range of a product at a normal price, so good deal.

It's basically a controllable way of applying dry pigment.

I won't get getting them because I have a full range of dry pastel, watercolor, oil pastel, Prismacolor and almost everything Derwent ever made on hand. But if I didn't, I'd grab a set of these for sure.

But I will be grabbing a pencil next time I need a rain mark.

I've used pencils for weathering before, but only steel or silver for worn edges. I'm kinda disappointed in myself for not thinking of this already.
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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 10:49 #6

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Nice, so they have "Pre war steel forged at Detroit factory 2" color? :rotf

Oh that awesome I've been trying to get that color just right but never did... :blink: :rotf

In all serious, I don't have any pencils other than graphite. So these would be a viable option for me if I decide to pull the trigger on something like this.
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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 12:05 #7

I tested what I had on hand. I used an old build of a F6F and a Frankenstein hand. Both were satin finishes (not matte as in the video), the Hellcat covered in dust.

Derwent Dry Pastels: Went on beautifully, I used a deep blue, dark brown and black. Got very nice streaking and exhaust straining, picked out veining on the hands. Looked beautiful when wet, but got a bot blotchy as it dried. Again, may have been the finish, I'll need to try it with a dead flat finish.

Prismacolor Water Soluble Pencils: these went on just as nice, but stayed true after drying. I suspect it's a finer pigment. probably with a binder that is meant to dissolve like a true watercolor paint. I applied them both dry and wet (dipping the point in water) and I'm very impressed. I was especially taken on the fleshtones of the hand. I could add such a subtle hint of transparent color, it blows away any previous method I've used with glazes overlaying layers. This could be a game changer with getting accurate translucent flesh tones. I was so impressed, I immediately went online to order another set of them (the current set I've found was missing about half the colors, mostly the ones I'd want for streaking, etc.)

I would take some photos, but apparently my son 'borrowed' my 50mm lens. Just like he probably borrowed half the pencil set. I guess I could set it up 20 feet away and use the 200mm... :S

More testing and photos to follow.

I found the set of 36 pencil for $25 on eBay ($36 most places), so buying the AK set may be the way to go if that's what you using it for. Heres a photo of the tin I ordered< looks like theres Pre war steel forged at Detroit factory 2 on the lower right:

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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 12:13 #8

Forgot to mention: The Derwent pencils look almost identical to the AK. My set is probably 20 years olds and is identical. I suspect they are similar, more so than the watercolors. I think the matte finish has a lot to do with the pigment taking hold and not beading up as it dries.

New ones today look like this:

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Video Review-AK Weather Pencils 12 Apr 2019 13:36 #9

As an alternative to the AK set , you might consider a water color pencil set if it has colors that you would use .

They are not pricey and the are very easy to use , blend or erase .

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