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Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 07:27 PM UTC
This just in from Sovereign Hobbies, the new proprietor of Colourcoats:
"We are very happy to announce the grand opening of H&B Hobbies who is our second stockists in the USA. H&B Hobbies located in Massachusetts is a new business running a web store (internet only) much like ours which can be found by clicking the link below.

H&B Hobbies is stocking a range of Colourcoats Air including Royal Air Force, US Airforce/Army Air Corps, Imperial Japanese and Luffewaffe. They are very happy to accommodate any requests so do contact them if you are looking for something specific that is not listed on their site.

We wish H&B Hobbies much luck in their new venture and we hope our followers pop on over and check him out!" http://www.hbhobbies.com/

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Best enamel colors for kitbuilders authentic and simple to use Tinner whit Sintetic or pinters (japan drier).
SEP 21, 2015 - 02:55 PM
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SEP 21, 2015 - 02:58 PM
Hi there I also rate Colourcoats enamels really highly, so it's great to see them available again. All the best Rowan
SEP 21, 2015 - 04:01 PM
From what I gather, Colourcoat is the re-release of the White Ensign enamel paints now owned by Sovereign Hobbies. I checked the web site for HB hobbies, and then the USA color section. Unfortunately, most of the USN WW11 colors are listed as out of stock, which seamed odd for a new line of paint, as I was thinking about giving them a try on a up coming WW11 USN aircraft build. Since I've never used them, how similar are they to the Model Master line of enamel paints? Joel
SEP 21, 2015 - 09:31 PM
Hi Joel, I am the Sovereign Hobbies guy. Without trying to speak for Bob at H&B Hobbies, having just done it ourselves and going through it again bringing the White Ensign PE products back in stock here in the UK, it is a big investment to start up and without a lot of insight to predict how well particular products will sell it's hard to know how much of everything to buy. You've got to get a good spread of colours/colors across the range to be of any use to a customer trying to paint a whole model and therefore if you order dozens of every colour the start-up cost adds up really quickly to the point of probably being unfeasible. In that respect I guess the USN WW2 colours have been well received in the USA which is really good news for H&B Hobbies and something Bob can factor in to his restock. I'll resist comparing Colourcoats to other brands, but I believed in them enough to buy the brand from White Ensign's liquidators if that tells you anything Best regards, James
OCT 13, 2015 - 08:55 PM
James, Thanks for taking the time to respond to my questions. While I understand that it takes a considerable investment to bring in a new line for a retailer, you need enough product to make it viable to someone like me to try out the paints. Perhaps less quantities of each color, and more colors would be an answer. With the vast majority of modelers switching to one or more of the various Acrylic lines, it does seem to me somewhat odd for a lack of a better word, that one would see an advantage to bringing back a former enamel line. That's why I asked how they compared to Model Master paints, which seems to own the enamel market here in the States. Joel
OCT 13, 2015 - 11:41 PM
Yep, but he's got to start somewhere and it's all out of his own pocket Out of interest I looked on H&B Hobbies' site after reading the above and the WW2 USN colours (US Light Gray, Blue Grey, Sea Gray, Intermediate Gray, White) are all in stock at present. As for the sense in bringing back enamels - what can I say? I tried converting to acrylics for a number of years and can only conclude that I'm not compatible with them as a modeller - I tried them, cried too many times and have gone running back to enamels where I belong. There seem to be enough modellers backing away from acrylics to keep things viable from where I'm standing.
OCT 14, 2015 - 01:14 AM
Of course I meant Sea Blue and Intermediate Blue, not gray!!
OCT 14, 2015 - 01:15 AM
Hi James As I say, it's great to know some of my favourite enamels are available again. I'll definitely be ordering fresh supplies in the near future. I regularly mix and match enamels and acrylics but - probably because I'm "old school" - I do find spirit-based paints (I count Tamiya and G.S. among them) easier to work with when airbrushing than pure water-based. All the best Rowan
OCT 17, 2015 - 01:20 AM

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