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  1. Try this method, it helped me allot. http://www.arcair.com/tnt1/201-300/tnt202-masking-Rapasi/00.shtm Dave
  2. B 25 D DIRTY GIRTY FROM BIZERTY 1/48th Accurate Miniatures B25-D Mitchell 129896 This model depicts an aircraft that was possibly flown by the 340th Bomb Group in late 1943. The aircraft exhibit’s the wear and tear typical of the Mediterranean Theater. 1/48th Accurate Miniatures B25-C Mitchell 113207 This model depicts “OH-7” late in it‘s career. This was a B25-C that flew over 80 missions in North Africa and Italy from March 1943 to January 1944. OH-7 was an original
  3. YanK Send me a pm and I will be glad to answer any questions. Rocat I use Model Master Enamel Paints for everything. Dave
  4. 1/48th Tamiya Corsair Mark I This model depicts a British Corsair Mark I (F4U-1) stationed at Brunswick, Maine in 1944. JT 169 (18191) was the last Birdcage Corsair built by Vought for the British. This aircraft was destroyed when it collided with another Corsair and crashed into the sea off Pemaquid Point, New Harbor, Main, June of 1944. FAA Corsairs originally fought in a camouflage scheme, with a dark gray / olive-drab disruptive pattern on top and a light gray belly; the early Navy scheme with the O.D. added, but were later painted overall blue. It i
  5. Thanks The article was called Weathering With Dullcote. The third part is missing from the forum The link is to the gallery article, but it can be confusing because of the photo layout. Dave http://www.aircraftresourcecenter.com/tnt1/101-200/tnt177-tnt-weathering-Rapasi/00.shtm
  6. 1/48th Accurate Miniatures SBD Dauntless This model depicts one of the SBD Dauntless stationed on Bougainville in the Spring of 1944. The Marines flew these aircraft on an almost daily “Milk Run” to Rabaul and other bypassed Japanese held islands. The SBD-4 fuselage has the faded factory applied Blue Gray over Light Gray paint scheme. The Sea Blue paint on the surfaces viewed from above was applied in the field. The engine cowling and left main wing panel are from a SBD-5 that has the factory applied Tri-Color paint scheme. The windscreen and g
  7. This model represents an example of a pieced-together aircraft, built with parts from different aircraft, and assembled in the field. Pilot and W/Nr. are unknown, I./JG 301, May 1945.
  8. “In May of 1942 the Joint Aircraft Committee’s Subcommittee on Standardization agreed to eliminate redundant paints needed for camouflaging AAF, U.S. Navy, and British aircraft produced in the US. Under this plan AAF Neutral Gray and Navy Blue Gray were to be superseded by RAF Extra Dark Sea Gray, which became known simply as “Sea Gray”. (ANA603) However, enough Neutral Gray had been stockpiled by ‘42 that some aircraft produced in 1944 were still being painted the older color”. Quote from Dana Bell, Air Force Colors Vol.2. P-47D 15-RE 276322 was factory painted. The 371st was a Fighter
  9. This model depicts a SBD-2 Dauntless aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, late Spring, 1942. On January 5, 1942 a directive called for the U.S. Insignia to be placed on the top and bottom of both wings. They were to be of the maximum diameter possible without overflowing onto the aileron. The fuselage Insignia was to be no larger than 24 inches. The thirteen horizontal rudder stripes were added at this time. On January 17, 1942 the Bureau approved the use of a 50 inch fuselage insignia. At this time they did not approve the wing insignia from leading edge to trailing edge, but did ok the insignia f
  10. The research started in the early ‘50s when I started my collection of aircraft books and models. This model took about a week to finish. Dave
  11. This model depicts the "LIFE" of a Marine F4U -1 Birdcage Corsair (02576), from it’s early days in the Solomon’s, until it’s final days when it crash landed on Torokina, December 1943 . Early in the war the shade of QMS #12 Blue Gray was found to be to light when viewed from above over the waters of the South West Pacific. In October of 1942 the Navy issued a directive to formulate the shade of Blue Gray to match Munsell 5.5PB 2.6/3.3 Early missions showed that the black aircraft numbers were hard to distinguish, as a result the numbers were painted in white and moved towards the rear o
  12. This model depicts a Northrop P-61A-1-NO Black Widow, 42-5508, that was flown by the 419th Night Fighter Squadron from Carney Airfield, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. 42-5508 was condemned salvage obsolete Guadalcanal Sept. 27, 1945. This model was finished with Model Master Enamels, kit and homemade decals. Colors used on this model; QMS # 43 Neutral Gray ANA 613 Olive Drab ANA 611 Interior Green; Front Cockpit ANA 611 mixed 50/50 with Black; Radar Cockpit Yellow Zinc Chromate; Landing Gear Doors, Gun Bays, and Tail Booms Zinc Chromate tinted ANA 613; Wheel Wells
  13. For RLM 75 Grauviolett I use Model Masters Enamel 2085, the same color is available in MM Acrylic 4785. MM 2085 is a close match to Don Color chip for RLM 75. Dave
  14. The Hasegawa F6F has 24†wheels and 32†tires. The Accurate Miniatures TBF has 24†wheels and 33†tires. Dave
  15. Alan You’re welcome. Good luck with your new adventure into another aspect of model building. Dave
  16. I use Model Master Enamel paints because they easily mix with lacquer thinner and I can spray a fine line without splatter. I use Testors Gloss Enamels for gloss paint jobs and for tinting military colors because they are almost a pure color with a low percentage of gray. Dave
  17. Matching FS 33538 or similar colors by eye isn’t to difficult because of their high color hue saturation and the brightness of the color. It becomes more difficult when trying to match dark camouflage colors by eye because of the low saturation of color hue and the darkness of the color. This is where Adobe Photo Shop Color Picker becomes valuable. I can measure the color Hue of the paint chip and know what base color to use when I start mixing that particular color. The examples below demonstrate this. All six colors look relatively close, but when the Hue is measured it becomes appar
  18. Some basics I learned in 60+ years of matching / mixing paint by EYE. Or more significant, what I learned in recent years using Adobe Photo Shop. The colors we see have three components; Their Color Hue, their Saturation, and their Brightness . The Color Hue is created by the pigments used in the process of making paint. The Saturation of a color mixture is determined by the percentage of Color Hue to the percentage of Gray. ( Munsell Color System “Chroma†) The of Brightness of a color mixture is determined by the percentage of Black to the percentage of White. ( Munsell Color Sys
  19. These are a few photos of the finished 378th FS P-47s models. The D-22 was a bare metal replacement painted in the field. Colors used on the model; ANA 603 Sea Gray / Neutral Gray ANA 613 Olive Drab The Cobalt Blue color used on the nose of the 378th Squadron models was a custom mix using Model Master 2031 Blue FS 35109 as the base color that I tinted to match the color photos. Dave
  20. Hal Comparing the Model Master 1717 FS 15042 paint in the bottle to the ANA 623 Gloss Sea Blue paint chip, I added a few drops at a time of Testors 1103 Gloss Red to shift the color Hue from 225 to 238, plus a little flat white to lighten the color. Dave
  21. I have been using Model Master Enamel Paints exclusively since I got back into this hobby in 2003. All of the FS, or ANA colors produced by Model Masters that I use, and have compared the paint in the bottle to color chips, are a very close match. A few colors needed a slight tinting to be a perfect match. A few colors needed to be grayed out a little. Some of the very dark colors are lightened a bit for scale effect. The only paints I mix anymore are colors that aren’t produced by Model Master. Dave
  22. With all of the information I received, and the results of research online, I now have; Five colors for 71-013 Dark Green Eight colors for 71-009 Dark Earth Six color for 71-021 Sky - Type S I think I will stay with the colors I originally mixed and the color from Alan for 71-021. Dave
  23. I am not using RGB Numbers to mix paint. RBG numbers are used only in electronic applications and cannot be used to mix paint. I use the HSB numbers to get the correct Color Hue, Saturation, and Brightness. Knowing these numbers I can almost mix the color without using a paint chip. When I print a paint chip on printer paper I scan it back into Photo Shop and compare the printed chip to the original paint chip for verification. Normally for every color I have used to paint a model, the match is close enough to get an accurate paint mix for a base color. When the model is finished, the H
  24. Alan If the chips from Don Color are incorrect could you, if possible, post the color chips for DuPont 71-013 Dark Green and DuPont 71-009 Dark Earth, it would be helpful for mixing the paint colors. Thanks Dave
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