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Interpreting Trumpeter Paint Guide

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Interpreting Trumpeter Paint Guide
Posted by dan51 on Wednesday, July 04, 2018 2:28 PM

I am new to building plastic models and have a really basic queston about paint and detail guidelines. As a learning curve project I purchased a model aircfaft from Trumpeter. Most of the instructions seem straight forward but I did have a question about the paint and detail guide material. I understand the paint suggestion and decal information given, but there are a lot of numbers on the guide which I don't understand. Can someone tell me how to interpret tehse numbers?

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    November, 2003
  • From: Newington CT
Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, July 07, 2018 5:31 AM
Do you have a pic of the instructions

 

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    March, 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, July 07, 2018 5:48 AM

They probably refer to manufacturer numbers like Gunze,Revell,and so forth.We would need to see to know for sure

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  • From: Sydney, Australia
Posted by Phil_H on Saturday, July 07, 2018 6:14 AM

Trumpeter's paint codes, like most Asian manufacturers, refer to Gunze Sangyo (aka GSI Creos) paints. There are two types, acrylic (Aqueous Hobby Color) denoted by "H" followed by a number in a white box, and Mr Color (lacquer based) denoted by a white number in a black box.

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    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Saturday, July 07, 2018 11:52 AM

Hello!

Let's look at an example like this:

In this case numbers in double boxes with H in front of them are paint colours by Gunze. Numbers with no letter in front of them are individual decals to additionally clarify things. Sometimes a decal is so tiny it's hard to see on the instruction sheet - then it looks like a number is "pointing to nothing" - but there's a tiny decal there.

Hope it helps, good luck with your build and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by dan51 on Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:08 PM

Pawel,

Thank you for the feedback. I completely missed making the connection between the numbers with no letters and the decals. You are right it just ooked like they were pointing to nothig on the model.

Dan51

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    November, 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:09 PM

Just a word of caution........do not trust ANY model manufacturer for the color call outs or markings. They are usually way off what the actual color or markings were in real life. I make it a habit to check other sources to verify the accuracy. I specially don't trust Trumpeter cause this is not the first time I have caught mistakes.

As a very recent example, Trumpeter has bogus 35th TFW, 614th TFS SEA decal markings for the 1/48 F100F Hun from Phan Rang air base in Vietnam. The serial # was never issued to the F variant.

Edit: I just checked the second markings in the sheet for a NMF one and the serial number range is for the D variant so double mistake on the same sheet.

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Posted by dan51 on Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:10 PM

Phil_H,

Thanks for the help on decoding the paint color headings. I did not realize one refered to acrylic and the other to lacquer.

 

Dan51

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  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:57 PM
Your welcome,no worries

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, July 07, 2018 2:18 PM

I can state from personal experience that Trumpeter paint instructions are not reliable. 

I reccomend doing the research to find out the actual color name/ number.Its so easy to do that now.

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