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Q&A with Acrylicos Vallejo
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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 10:07 AM UTC
Vallejo have been producing acrylic paints and other artistic products for several decades, and in more recent years have become very well known among the modelling community for their popular specialised paint ranges. In June of 2013, James Bella had the opportunity to interview Alex Vallejo, of Vallejo Acrylics, by email.



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Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2013 - 08:13 PM UTC
It's nice to read from people managing important companies that are related to our hobby.
I guess this should happen more often.

Found the Q&A well planned, for once i was surprised to know Vallejo has an north american background and over 3 decades of manufacture in the paint business

Thanks for sharing
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Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 - 09:08 PM UTC
thanks for this,its good to see and hear from the people behind the products we use.
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Posted: Saturday, October 05, 2013 - 03:23 AM UTC
Cool interview. Having a hobby shop myself and Vallejo is my main line of paint, I get great factory support from Vallejo and talk to Alex via e-mail probably once a month or so.

Alex runs the business side of things, while is brother Micheal runs the manufacturing side of the business. Both were born in Portland, Maine, which was a huge surprise to me when Micheal showed up on my shop's doorstep a few years ago wanting to check out my shop. To me it was like meeting one of your Idols or Celebrity.

Their mother Eugenie is still involved with the company, and I have talked to her a couple of times on the phone and through e-mail.

Definitely a quality family run business, and some of the nicest people to talk to and meet.
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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 03:58 AM UTC
i would like to ask if game colors are the same as model color a lot of vendors say they are the same,ive used both and i dont think they are.
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Posted: Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 03:19 PM UTC

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i would like to ask if game colors are the same as model color a lot of vendors say they are the same,ive used both and i dont think they are.



Hey there Stephen,

For the most part, they are the same as the Model Color line with the exception that they have an additive in them that makes the paint a little more durable as the paints are geared towards the war gamers who handle their pieces more than say a modeler would. Other than that, and the different colors offered, the paints are basically the same.
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 11:17 AM UTC
My only gripe with Vallejo: Get German dark yellow right. The current color is too greenish.
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 06:17 PM UTC
Thanks James and Alex for doing this!! It has answered many questions... (now if Vallejo could do something for us Car builders...)
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Posted: Friday, October 11, 2013 - 06:34 PM UTC
I totally take back what I said about making paints for Car bulders, Vallejo makes all that is needed - I just need to find it...
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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 03:07 AM UTC
Great interview! Vallejo is and shall remain my favorite company for finishing products! Where do I get a Vallejo T-Shirt????
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 03:03 AM UTC

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I totally take back what I said about making paints for Car bulders, Vallejo makes all that is needed - I just need to find it...



Hey there Brian,

You can use any of the colors for automotive. I have painted 3-4 car kits with their paints. For the body you do have to give it a gloss varnish if you want a glossy finish as most of their paints are matt or satin finish on them.
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Posted: Saturday, October 19, 2013 - 06:40 AM UTC
Thanks Scott!!

I realize you can you any of the paint for autos, I was actually meaning metallics, candies and pearls. Which Vallejo do make, I just didn't know it. Still looking for them though...
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Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 - 06:57 PM UTC
Interesting stuff to a Vallejo junkie like myself. Could have sworn that they claimed on their site that MC and MA are the same "colors" but MA intended for airbrush. My eyes tell me differently. Actually I got interested in Model Color after I set out to tame Golden Fluid acrylics for styrene use - they're excellent once you get the hang of the mediums involved. And as much as I like Tamiya paints for airbrushing (especially highly thinned at low psi), I've really grown to appreciate the lack of smell and ease of cleaning. And I've certainly found Model Color does very nicely with an airbrush if you treat it politely.