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French Air Force colours (ww2)

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French Air Force colours (ww2)
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 8:55 AM
I'm trying to find a good match for "Ombre Calcienne" for a Potez 631. I saw a reference stating that Humbrol 70 is a good match, but when I tried that, it looks too pale and red. Is this due to poor mixing, or is it that Hu70 isn't really all that close to the original colour?

Any thoughts or ideas?

Matt Smile [:)]
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Posted by John @ WEM on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 2:07 PM
Hi Matt,

We've got it matched in our new Armee de L'Air line of paints (12 colors) in our Colourcoats Enamels. Order item ACF 06. You'll find the whole range of Colourcoats on our secure website. No minimum order for paints, and we ship worldwide.

John Snyder
White Ensign Models
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Posted by techos on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 3:12 PM
The good name is "Ombre calcinee"
(litterally:"Burnt shadow")It look like a dark earth.I have an old paint
chart were this color is referenced as Humbrol 98.I do'nt know if this
reference still exist .If you want ,i can send you a scanned copy of this chart
I also have pics,profile .. for this plane,i just need time to scan it (no scanner
at home )
Best regards P Medard
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Posted by derekms on Wednesday, April 06, 2005 8:54 PM
Maybe this link will help. It list FS numbers for french colors in a color chart.

Of course it lists Hu 70 so may not be much help after all. Well I tried,Smile [:)]
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 07, 2005 1:08 AM
Thanks for that folks, I'll probably go with Hu98 then. Just goes to show how tricky getting a 'definitive' colour match is, especially for those schemes where less examples survived intact.


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  • From: Bicester, England
Posted by KJ200 on Thursday, April 07, 2005 2:45 AM
Matt, I've been trying to do much the same as yourself for an MS406.

As it was using the IPMS Stockholm site I've been able to identify all of the paints required.

Best of luck with the Potez, one of my favourite French aircraft of WWII.


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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, April 07, 2005 3:46 AM
I'm still not sure what to do, having seen some more references, I think I am going to stick with Hu70, as the colour really seems to be quite reddish, so I will do it over, mixing a smidge of Hu98 with the Hu70 to darken it a touch. I'll try to post pictures of the completed model when I am finished, if I can "borrow" the digital camera from work.
In all probability, I will put the pictures up in the ARC forums if I do.




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