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6 hours ago, Mstor said:

Well, here are two REAL photos of the single color scheme (just larger photos of the one Shane posted). Hard to see the RAM panel tape on these too but, if you look close, its there.

 

F-35AnewPaintSideFront

 

F-35AnewPaintSide

 

 

Just goes to show you how exaggerated the RAM panels are on the kits. Same with the F-22 kits out there.

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the RAM panel tape has those metallic speckles in it.

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There was a discussion about the RAM tape with information on what was done to make it the same color as the rest of the aircraft. Something to do with a new manufacturing process. I can't find the discussion (don't even remember if it was in ARC, its a b**** getting old). Apparently it saves time (and money?) in the painting process. Whether it has the metallic sheen, well the photos above sure seem to have it in the areas that normally would have RAM tape, but I can't tell for sure. We need some "expert testimony" on this one. Certainly in the old scheme, the RAM tape does not appear to have the sheen.

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It makes me chuckle that many people are saying finishing an F-35 just got easier with the matched RAM tape. Looking at it I think it just got more difficult. In almost every picture of the new scheme you can still clearly see the RAM tape, only now you have to be a lot more subtle in achieving the required look. I can see a slew of models with no representation of the tape at all because they now "match" the main color, and the resulting models looking very bland, and failing to capture the look of the F-35 completely.

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8 hours ago, Dmanton300 said:

It makes me chuckle that many people are saying finishing an F-35 just got easier with the matched RAM tape. Looking at it I think it just got more difficult. In almost every picture of the new scheme you can still clearly see the RAM tape, only now you have to be a lot more subtle in achieving the required look. I can see a slew of models with no representation of the tape at all because they now "match" the main color, and the resulting models looking very bland, and failing to capture the look of the F-35 completely.

 

Chuckling aside, what would you suggest? Maybe subtle dry brushing?

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3 hours ago, Mr Matt Foley said:

 

Chuckling aside, what would you suggest? Maybe subtle dry brushing?

 

If you enlarge the pics I posted and look very closely, you can see that the RAM tape is still a VERY slightly different shade or is reflecting light differently (I think this is what Dmanton300 is getting at). Which it is, I don't know and how to replicate on a model would be challenging. What would be great is if we had someone who has actually seen, at a relatively close distance, what the RAM tape now looks like with the new scheme, or someone who has knowledge of what has actually changed with the RAM tape and can share, if not classified, what is actually going on.

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16 hours ago, Mr Matt Foley said:

 

Chuckling aside, what would you suggest? Maybe subtle dry brushing?

Nope, that will get an uneven finish. It's matched, but very sharp - IMHO you'll still need to mask and spray it all, using a very slightly lighter grey, and then maybe even go back over and mist coats of the base colour to blend it even more. 

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Looking back I have to say, who really thinks this is the “final” scheme?  The only constant in the F-35 paint history is change....

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Maybe stock up on Tamiya tape and Ibuprophen.... As for the color variation, I have a feeling more will be revealed.

 

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