Recently I came across the new Alclad 2 Smoke tint. I decided to give a try so I brought home a bottle. Many model kit builders prefer pastels for post shading, but for *my* taste, I rather airbrush the shading with my AZTEK A470 and the Tan fine detail nozzle. I’ve been doing this for years with Tamiya’s X-19 Smoke. Problem is, that the finish of the X-19 Smoke is glossy and I usually airbrush the tint over decals and other weathering. This obviously requires another final coat of Flat Acrylic Clear. I was looking forward to omit this step with Alclad’s 2 Smoke. Being a Lacquer based tint, not only it dries fast, it also dries flat.
I did put to the Alclad 2 Smoke tint on the recent Moebius Colonial Viper II. Unfortunately it did not meet my expectations. Although the label states Heat Stains & LEXAN Tint, the overall finish is far from a smoke finish. As soon as I started airbrushing it on my Colonial Viper, I did noticed a bluish finish. This is in no way a smoke tint and OK, you can create heat stains on that Trumpeter F-100D. But didn’t Alclad already had a Hot Metal Blue ALC-413? I have almost any shade of Alclad II lacquers on my paint shelf and the ALC-413 is already good for Heat Stains as it is.