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Tamiya color for blue/grey low vis

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Tamiya color for blue/grey low vis
Posted by Sphyrna on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 11:16 AM

Hi all, 

The newest FSM wraps up that great article on US Navy aircraft markings. 

I was wondering though (and didn’t think I missed it...) what the Tamiya color, or color mix, (or other brand acryli) would get used for the blueish-grey color of that landing Hornet that is on page 40 of the issue? 

I’ve also seen pics of Corsair IIs in that same color, 

any help is most appreciate!

 

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, March 06, 2019 11:37 AM

I don’t subscribe to FSM magazine but surely they must list it as an FS number (Federal Standard). If anything, it could be from the kit’s instruction guide.

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Posted by bvallot on Thursday, March 07, 2019 2:20 PM

Assuming you're going for just a straight Blue-Grey color before discussing fading or weathering, then I'd point you in the direction of Tamiya's XF-82. It's pretty much right on the money without having to mix paints and keep up with ratios. 

If you can't find that particular bottle, let me know which colors you do have and I can put together a mix that will get you there. =]

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by Sphyrna on Monday, March 11, 2019 11:16 AM

Thanks for the info. I’ll check my LHS for the XF-82. 

But in case they don’t have it in stock, what Tamiya paints would I mix? 

 

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Posted by bvallot on Monday, March 18, 2019 11:25 AM

Of course! Here a few mixes that you can try.

The first one is a Tamiya recipe you may see around. I don't particularly care for it but it's not bad. It'll  get you in the ball park.

 Untitled by Britt Vallot, on Flickr

The second is just a certain arrangement I made in the absence of certain colors to see how close I'd get. It's not bad.

 Untitled by Britt Vallot, on Flickr

The third is one that's a lot closer. Again...just using certain paints only to see how close I'd get without the XF-82.

 Untitled by Britt Vallot, on Flickr

Hope these help. =] It just so happens I'm pretty fond of the color so I went out of my way a while back trying to nail it down for future builds. Happy to share. Sorry it took me a while to catch back up to you. 

On the bench:  

Tamiya P-51D  William Shomo

Tamiya F4U-1  Kenneth Walsh

 

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Posted by Sphyrna on Monday, March 18, 2019 5:36 PM

Thanks!!!

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, March 18, 2019 7:27 PM

If you have to use Tamiya paints, they make a Dark and Light Ghost Gray in their AS spray can series. If you don't, then Model Master, Vallejo, and a host of others make them in acrylic and enamel. FS 36320 for Dark Ghost Gray and FS 36375 for Light GG.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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Posted by lewbud on Monday, March 18, 2019 7:32 PM

My apologies, I didn't realize y'all were discussing a specific aircraft. Sorry.

Buddy- Those who say there are no stupid questions have never worked in customer service.

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