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Funny to see how those Spanish guys recycle known products with some clever marketing! Such water soluble pencils are available for many years from arts stores!

 

As we say in French, this makes me wonder if AK did not invent the wheel, hot water and the wire to cut butter...;-)

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3 hours ago, DeanKB said:

Source coloured water soluble pencils, stamp "AK Interactive" on them, chuck 'em in a nice, colourful box with a photo of a very colourful scale model on it.

 

Then add a zero to the price.

 

yup couldn't agree more

 

i am so bored of all this now

 

we have reached - probably long since passed - 'peak pigment' in modelling! :rofl:

 

same with paints too...everyone trying to re-invent the wheel

 

afaic the only people to actually release a game changing paint are MRP

 

all the rest is just noise

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I have to agree, the concept of old stuff in new packaging, is getting pretty silly. I wonder when we'll see "hobby masking paper", because good old newspaper just isn't good enough anymore.

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I'm actually interested in these.  I like using watercolor pencils and have been getting by with a cheapo children's set that I found while cleaning out my daughters' old toys.  Been looking to get another set but general artist's color palettes are a little different than what modelers are likely to use.  A set of 24 Faber-Castell Watercolors sells for $36 at Amazon with more than half the shades probably not suitable for my use.   A set of 36 Prismacolor Water Soluble pencils sells for $39 but again you're getting colors that are for general art use.   The AK pencils retail for about $1 each and come in sets of modeler-specific applications.  What's not to like?

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53 minutes ago, thierry laurent said:

Well, I never had this problem as I never purchased sets but only individual colors. 

 

 

Me too, but my choices in town of places that carry the Prisma color pencils all seem to charge near $2 + tax.

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Enough with the negative waves, man.  

Wow, given the response to the OP it's a wonder that any company would offer goods to the modelling community.  The OP was just posting about a new product line and quickly everyone dog piles on it.  Are the new, no.  Are they cheap, no.  Do they fill a gap in AK's product line, yep.  Will they get the job done and work as intended, yep.  Will they be on the hobby shop shelf, or in the online shops listing, yep.  If you have an alternative great, use that but if you don't....well these might work for you and you might want to try them.  Is the inference that AK shouldn't produce these pencils?  Or perhaps they should give them away.  Hobby gear is always a premium priced product.  Ak produce good quality gear to a known standard.  I personally think it's often over packaged and 'glitzy' for what it is but it has become a stable, known product line that works.  Their washes and such are just thinned paint but I do use some of the shades for convenience and because I like the colour out of the tin.  The same could be said of almost any other product or line of products on the hobby shop shelves.  Almost all are tweaked artist products.

 

Now if anyone has some hands on experience with this new line I'd love to hear that.

Edited by ScanmanDan

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One of my biggest problems is that I feel that marks made with a paint brush to simulate chipping appear too round.  I just don't feel that I have that exact control of those bristles.  So I too am interested.

 

My wife has a set of colored pencils that I've raided on occasion.  But I can only use a handful of the large set.  Not much use for "chartreuse" for me.

 

And with colors suited to my modelling needs...  looks like a win-win to me.

 

But I have seen these blasted on other sites and even by members of my own modelling club.  But I'll buy some nevertheless.  I was handy with a pencil when I was younger, decent at sketching. 

 

I just need to find someone selling them.

 

Gaz

 

 

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You missed my original point. There is no problem seeing AK releasing that in their range. This is even very good if this improves availability for a fair price. What is really amazing me is their marketing approach. The way they do is quite misleading as they regularly propose such products as totally new concepts whereas what they do is simply adding a layer of Modelling-oriented marketing. They did exactly the same when they released their oil-based and enamel-based products whereas everybody was using them before the arrival of acrylic paints! 

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