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Spitfire IIa of 1690 BDTF: finished 3 March (RIP)

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OK, "results" after the first session!  After priming I mixed a solution of Mr Hobby RLM 66 Black Grey 1:6 and did a complete coverage as my base colour.  When dry I added 3 drops of RLM 74 Dark Grey to the solution in the paint cup and lightly sprayed from the base toward the tip but stopping short of the tip, then to this solution I added a little Mr H black and repeated the process, gradually building up the darkness.  Then I lightly sprayed the forward and rear edges of the blur with a slightly diluted Mr H RLM76, Light Blue.  Finally the tip with Mr H Yellow:

 

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I think I can afford to go a little darker up the centre but apart from that I'm inclined to leave it as is.  As is often the case, the real thing looks better than the pictures!! :)
 
Max

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Ok, I'm fast approaching the painting stage. Looking at the picture on p1 I'm assuming by this stage in the war the camouflage would have been dark green, ocean grey upper parts and medium sea grey lower. I'm an acrylic user, happy with Vallejo, Tamiya or Mr Hobby/GS paints but from my research to date nobody actually makes an ocean grey. Has anyone any thoughts, experiences, recommendations about ocean grey or a near substitute....German grey for instance?

Max

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iirc Vallejo makes an ocean grey, I'd have to check when I get home...

 

 

googled it found a hit on Brit Modeller:

 

Ocean Grey 048

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beware that Vallejo's colors aren't always what they sound like.

IE Olive Drab is pretty downright brown for them.

Buuuuut its a good start point.

 

If you want I can snap a pic of it tonight.

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In the early days of the scheme, when supplies of Ocean Grey were not yet readily available, the recommendation was to mix Medium Sea Grey and black - how much more authentic can you get than to do that?

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In the early days of the scheme, when supplies of Ocean Grey were not yet readily available, the recommendation was to mix Medium Sea Grey and black - how much more authentic can you get than to do that?

Thanks Mike, that'll do for me!!

Max

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Here is a topic that was over on Britmodeller in 2011, the full thread is here http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/75814-raf-mustang-colours/

This is what Edgar had to say,

11-8-41 L. Hardy, for the D.T.D., wrote to Farnborough,"A decision has now been taken to replace the dark earth on day fighters of Fighter Command by a grey colour obtained by mixing seven parts of sea grey medium and one part of Night." He also asked for colour standards (12 needed immediately) and that Farnborough should give the colour a name. A note appended to the letter notes that "Ocean Grey 36 handed to Mr. Hardy 21-8-41."
So, there were only 16 days in which the new colour remained unnamed, and a mix of 7 parts MSG + 1 part Night was not a replacement for Ocean Grey, it was Ocean Grey.
Edgar

 

Cheers

 

Dennis

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The prop blurs are might real looking. Will look ever more better once in their rightful place.

:popcorn:

I hope so Maru, time will tell!

Max

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So she's just about ready in her coat of micro-meshed primer to start painting.  My preferred paints are the super-fine Mr Paints, though I don't have medium sea grey nor ocean grey but following our discussions previously I'm going to mix some greys which are as close too as I can make it; German grey violet for instance looks pretty damn close to OC to my eyes.

 

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I've also been working on the undercarriage and Brassin wheels.  I've got a bit of a thing about scale-thickness: I know there are limitations regarding how thin injection moulded plastic can be made so wherever possible I thin edges and surfaces to give a more realistic appearance, as for instance the u/c covers here:

 

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I'll be adding brake lines from lead wire once assembled.  The flaps are rather rudimentary in detail and since they are going to be down, and therefore visible I'll be adding the strengthening webs to make them look better:

 

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Onward, onward!!!! :)

Max

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