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From the Canadian Colour Guide at the IPMS Buzz Buerling site it's Grey 201-103.

When this colour weathered, 'the green tint was the first thing to go' - thus resulting in a more bluish-grey appearence..'. There are two ways to replicate this colour. Tamyia acrylic's XF-12 (IJN Grey) is a very good 'slightly weathered' 501-109 OR you can mix RAF 'Sky' and FS35237, approximately 50/50. Examples of it's use are: the lower surfaces of the CC-129 Dakota, CP-107 Argus and the initial CP-140 scheme, the overall colour of the post unification CP-121 Tracker & the CH-124A Sea King, plus the wing underside on non-camouflaged CF-104. Although the overall colour of HMC surface warships, compare this shade with the 501-109 in the Maritime colour section.

Cheers,

Sean

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I have this paint mix and I believe I got it from the old Argus Hobby Shop in Winnipeg;

all Humbrol colours

#2 Gloss Emerald Green----2 drops

#15 Gloss Midnight Blue----2 drops

#22 Gloss White------------85 drops

#40 Gloss Light Grey-------60 drops

it also says for larger A/C--Argus/Aurora---you will need 8-10 times the amount

--for smaller A/C--Tracker Sea King---you need 3-5 times the amount

Cheers, Tony

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All the Argus aircraft I saw in the 70s had the White over Gray finish. The undernose radome was shiny black. 

I think the gray was similar to ADC Gray, although the Gray used on the Canadian F-101s may be the same color.

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Don, the Canadian MARPAT grey as seen on their Sea King, Tracker, Neptune, Argus, and early Aurora colour schemes was not ADC or Voodoo grey.  It had a distinct blueish-green hue to it.  Follow the mixing plan above by Snowbird 3.  Although, many, many moons ago I broke the rule and used whatever lt grey the model shop had to make my own CP-140 Aurora.

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On 11/9/2018 at 1:51 PM, Dutch said:

Don, the Canadian MARPAT grey as seen on their Sea King, Tracker, Neptune, Argus, and early Aurora colour schemes was not ADC or Voodoo grey.  It had a distinct blueish-green hue to it.  Follow the mixing plan above by Snowbird 3.  Although, many, many moons ago I broke the rule and used whatever lt grey the model shop had to make my own CP-140 Aurora.

Now that you mention it, I do remember that odd greenish-blue color. It always amazed me the ASW work those guys could do in the 1970s with that old platform with old electronics.

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On 12/27/2010 at 7:55 PM, riffraff said:

Thanks for the help guys, looks like I am going to have to earn this one, instead of just opening a tin.

Cheers, Lee

Lee,

Did you ever start building / finish your Argus?  Would love to share ideas and pics.

K/r,

Dutch

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On 10/31/2018 at 12:47 PM, Dutch said:

Very helpful. Thanks!

 

BTW, Neil Gaunt of Transport Wings (UK) has announced a 1/72 CP-107 Argus conversion for the recently released Mach 2 1/72 Bristol Britannia. Now we just need some decals!

 

R/

Dutch


Decals are available through Belcher Bits, they are working together on this.

 

http://www.belcherbits.com/images/decals/bd34combo.pdf

 

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On 9/7/2020 at 7:35 AM, Dutch said:

Scooby, Yes I have not mentioned the Belcher Bits decals which have been available since January 2020. Thanks for keeping me straight. K/r,  Dutch 


The conversion set is complete and has shipped to Hannants.

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If anyone is interested to discuss the Argus, the blog was mine. The aircraft were originally bare metal. They were corroding too quickly so by about 1960 they were painted a light Blue grey. By late 1960s they were painted FS 501-109 blue grey. You can reach me at planesandtrains@gmail.com if interested. I just ordered 3 Mach 2 Brittanias but I can't fine the AIM conversion kits (of course...late to the party). I sent AIM an e-mail. We will see what happens.   For the interested, I have illustrated the Argus book by Baker/Campbell too.   Cheers! Rob

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On 1/15/2022 at 8:22 PM, Rob Arsenault said:

By late 1960s they were painted FS 501-109 blue grey. 

You can omit the ‘FS’, just 501-109, a very elusive colour but described well in the previous comments.

 

cheers, Tony

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12 hours ago, Brad-M said:

Tony, That hobby shop would have been Argus Hobbies near the base. It's no longer around.

 

Brad

my post was from 2010, and I think even then it was history for a while.

 

Cheers

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On 1/15/2022 at 9:22 PM, Rob Arsenault said:

If anyone is interested to discuss the Argus, the blog was mine. The aircraft were originally bare metal. They were corroding too quickly so by about 1960 they were painted a light Blue grey. By late 1960s they were painted FS 501-109 blue grey. You can reach me at planesandtrains@gmail.com if interested. I just ordered 3 Mach 2 Brittanias but I can't fine the AIM conversion kits (of course...late to the party). I sent AIM an e-mail. We will see what happens.   For the interested, I have illustrated the Argus book by Baker/Campbell too.   Cheers! Rob

The National Film Board has a film on the development and construction of the first Argus aircraft. I can get it free on my smart TV, rather old film but great footage and information on the first aircraft coming off the production line.

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