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US Navy pre war paint for Brewster Buffalo

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US Navy pre war paint for Brewster Buffalo
Posted by Irish3335 on Monday, April 08, 2019 7:21 PM

hi all, doing a 1/48 Tamiya Brewster Buffalo in pre war markings, and am trying to do the correct orange/yellow paint for the wings.  Instructions call for Tamiya x-6 and x-8 paint but the color never seems right (either too yellow or too orange). Any better colors out there that match straight out of the bottle?  Thanks for the help

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, April 08, 2019 7:27 PM

Have you tested Treestor's square bottle yellow? I think it looks good.

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Posted by gregbale on Monday, April 08, 2019 7:33 PM

I use a mix of (1) part Tamiya orange to (3) parts Tamiya yellow. It matches very well to museum samples I've seen.

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Posted by crown r n7 on Monday, April 08, 2019 7:43 PM

I used model master fs 13538 chrome yellow. Its a gloss paint but I sprayed clear flat to weather it a bit I hope it helps.

 

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Posted by Irish3335 on Monday, April 08, 2019 8:33 PM

Hi all, 

thats great advise thank you for the help -  Nick your Buffalo looks fantastic!  Well done 

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Posted by BrandonK on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 9:51 AM

When I painted my two yellow wings I mixed Tamiya orange and yellow 1:6 ratio to get the yellow with just a very light hint of orange. I made up a full 10ml bottle and went to spraying. I had enough left over to paint a third one. I think it nails the look.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 11:04 AM

Also, USN yellow wings aircraft did not have bare metal surfaces. They were painted in either aluminum lacquer, or light gray paint, depending upon type. This was for corrosion prevention due to operating in a salt air environment. 

 

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Posted by crown r n7 on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 12:21 PM

Thanks stik . I found that out after the fact 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 1:05 PM

For your consideration... the top one looks to be light gray fuselage, due to the lack of metallic reflectivity... while the other looks to be aluminum lacquer due to the metallic reflectivity...

 

 

 

 

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 1:10 PM

Sorry... due to this site and iPad not working well together, I have to do the photos in separate posts

 

 

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 2:59 PM

I use Gunze-Sangyo Orange Yellow for the wings on my USN yellow wings.

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Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 3:02 PM

stikpusher

Also, USN yellow wings aircraft did not have bare metal surfaces. They were painted in either aluminum lacquer, or light gray paint, depending upon type...

Was it type, or was it time period?  I thought the light gray was replaced by the aluminum lacquer in the late 30s.  For example, the F11C had light gray on its metal surfaces (forward fuselage, landing gear struts and wheel pants) and aluminum dope on its fabric surfaces, except for the upper wing surface, and the tail.  The light grey on the metal was replaced with aluminum lacquer for the last configuration of the colorful markings, before the overall light grey was implemented.

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Posted by stikpusher on Tuesday, April 09, 2019 3:10 PM

the Baron

 

 
stikpusher

Also, USN yellow wings aircraft did not have bare metal surfaces. They were painted in either aluminum lacquer, or light gray paint, depending upon type...

 

 

Was it type, or was it time period?  I thought the light gray was replaced by the aluminum lacquer in the late 30s.  For example, the F11C had light gray on its metal surfaces (forward fuselage, landing gear struts and wheel pants) and aluminum dope on its fabric surfaces, except for the upper wing surface, and the tail.  The light grey on the metal was replaced with aluminum lacquer for the last configuration of the colorful markings, before the overall light grey was implemented.

 

I would not say time period, as light grey with yellow wings seems to be back late in the pre overall gray “low vis” period. As above the F2A shows both, and I believe also for the SBD and F4F as well. I have yet to see a TBD or BT1 in light gray with yellow wings, those types are only in the aluminum lacquer.

 

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