Correct camo colors for Navy Skyraiders?

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Correct camo colors for Navy Skyraiders?

Joined: May 4th, 2005, 7:48 pm

April 5th, 2018, 3:58 am #1

Started painting my 48th Tamiya Skyraider A-1H. I painted the bottom flat white per the instruction call out. I started painting the top side "light gray" XF-66 per the instructions. But is WAY to dark to be correct. Did some googling and still not sure what the top side color should be exactly. Prefer Tamiya or model master acrylic colors.

Can anyone advise?
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Joined: November 24th, 2008, 8:53 pm

April 5th, 2018, 4:45 am #2

Model Master Acryl # 4763 Flat Gull Gray and a gloss or semi-gloss coat for decals, covered with a Flat coat after decals.

or Model Master #4692 Gloss Gull Gray so that you can decal right away, then a flat coat after decals.

(the White on the bottom and the control surfaces stays Glossy)

Those are the item numbers in one of the paint ranges you prefer.
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Joined: November 18th, 2011, 11:35 pm

April 5th, 2018, 12:27 pm #3

Started painting my 48th Tamiya Skyraider A-1H. I painted the bottom flat white per the instruction call out. I started painting the top side "light gray" XF-66 per the instructions. But is WAY to dark to be correct. Did some googling and still not sure what the top side color should be exactly. Prefer Tamiya or model master acrylic colors.

Can anyone advise?
The Federal Standard color numbers would be 36440 for the Gull Gray, and 17875 for the Insignia White. Tamiya doesn't do "Federal Standard" (FS) colors but typically give you a mix ratio of their line of paints to get you there.

There are a lot of model paint companies that do FS colors, both in acrylics and enamels. Model Master being one, Also there are a host of companies that are doing some great paint lines for military colors right now:

http://www.mr-hobby.com/en/

https://www.bsbrew.net/

http://mrpaint.sk/ (available in the U.S. here :http://www.hobbyworld-usa.com/Store/ind ... r=category)

https://www.missionmodelsus.com/

http://www.acrylicosvallejo.com/en_US

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

April 5th, 2018, 2:34 pm #4

We have so many choices in paint types and brands now.

Some of us miss brands that have disappeared, but, people have sure been jumping in to replace them.

Hard to believe that this all came from an era when all we had were Pla 1/4 oz bottles and some railroad colors that we had to figure out how to match to military colors. (and we don't have to get paints from nail polish racks anymore, unless we want to)
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Joined: December 15th, 2009, 1:19 am

April 5th, 2018, 3:14 pm #5

The WWII enamel range is being discontinued.

Get 'em while you can!!
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Joined: November 24th, 2008, 8:53 pm

April 5th, 2018, 3:35 pm #6

I'd give the same advice that I gave back when WEM Colourcoats went away, and we didn't know when or if they were coming back.

Make color chip cards for all the colors that you use,,,,that way you can find substitutes in other color ranges without any change in your finished models.

There will need to be some small adjustments in how different Enamels are used compared to Model Master,,,but, not drastic changes.
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Joined: February 5th, 2010, 1:59 pm

April 6th, 2018, 5:19 am #7

Started painting my 48th Tamiya Skyraider A-1H. I painted the bottom flat white per the instruction call out. I started painting the top side "light gray" XF-66 per the instructions. But is WAY to dark to be correct. Did some googling and still not sure what the top side color should be exactly. Prefer Tamiya or model master acrylic colors.

Can anyone advise?
Hi Khumar,

The best Tamiya match for 36440 light gull gray is XF 80 Royal Light Gray. It used to be XF-19 Sky Gray, and you can use that, but it will need a bit of yellow or orange and a bit of white, as it is now too cold (ie, too blue) and too dark.

But don't get too wound up trying to get an exact match. Anyone who has spent time in the US military, and many who didn't, will be familiar with the saying "close enough for government work", and that holds true to for paint supplied to the military under FS595: manufacturers have a +- 10% latitude in hue or chroma and that is a huge range of acceptable colors - so, "close enough for government work"! In my 8 years in Naval Aviation, I was often struck by the variations that could be seen on a flight line of aircraft that were all nominally the same color.

Cheers,

Tom
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