a better answer for Pip's "just wondering"

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a better answer for Pip's "just wondering"

Joined: November 24th, 2008, 8:53 pm

April 20th, 2017, 6:06 pm #1

Think of the "modeling drill-down" effect, sir.

First, a new paint line would have to be usable to the guy producing it, if he is also an active modeler.

That means for me, it can't be an Enamel, Lacquer, Acrylic Alcohol, Acrylic Enamel or Acrylic Lacquer.

You have been around online long enough to know that there is some resistance to truly water based Acrylics in plastic modeling. And even when questions are asked by people using them, it is common to see answers about thinning that use the very chemicals that we tried to avoid when we made the "Aqueous choice."

Okay, that shrinks the customer base as to the paint type. Now, how about the colors themselves? Too many modelers believe in the "x1234" concept, and believe that it was always in place. That means either do inaccurate colors in the hopes of getting sales,,,,,or do accurate colors for the time periods, and watch the paint gather dust on the shelves.

I also don't know and don't pretend to know what is needed to do British, Japanese, Luftwaffe, etc, etc, colors. And a paint line would have to include those colors, or ignore a large segment of the possible customers in the hobby.

What I AM going to do is provide a method of getting "Free" FS matched paint chips, letting the modeler actually see "my" matches before he does them. This all got compiled by accident, in my own search for paints and colors that I could use in the same room as Anne is sitting.

All a person would have to do is look at the page, actually see the paint chip from the bottle sitting right up against the chip from the standard, and then decide if I actually made a visual match or not. Then, if I carefully only use paint ranges that are easy to get, he buys the bottle of paint from his favorite vendor. After he makes his own chip from that, he has the bottle of paint to use on his models, even if he only ever uses it for hand brush detail painting,,,,,,,,the paint chip is "free" to him, for only the cost of a card and white label to paint on. Then, if he wants to model on, with Lacquer, Enamel or any of the Acrylic formulae out there, he has a way to judge his paint's accuracy.

This takes the whole "trust me, it is a good match" deal right out of the process,,,,,the guy is trusting his own eyes, not just reading a table of numbers. It takes out that "monitor variance" thing, too, since the chips are in the same photo.

As I said, this came about by accident, the same way as the Squadron research happened. I figure I might as well do something with all of these chips of paints bought as "internet table matches",,,,that didn't actually match when taken out of the bottles.
Last edited by RexTN on April 20th, 2017, 6:08 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: March 10th, 2005, 11:29 pm

April 20th, 2017, 10:48 pm #2

Thanks for the explanation; sounds interesting. n/t
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