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  • Member since
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  • From: Riverton, Wyoming
Star Trek Enterprise NX-01 thru E
Posted by Andrew Magoo on Monday, January 23, 2017 2:47 AM

Is there an offical paint color mixing chart/guide for mixing paint so that a person can paint their models, NX-01 thru E, with the correct color? For example I've see three different color paint mixing ratios for the different colors on the Enterprise C! One says mix the different colors with a certain set of ratios the next one is different and the third different yet. I would like to paint my kits some day with the correct mixed paint. My son is trying to finish his model C now and go on to decaling his C but their are some touch up areas to do, he may go ahead and repaint. Your input is welcomed. Andrew Magoo

  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Monday, January 23, 2017 4:39 AM

I know what you mean.  I have the 1/350th NX-01 and the instructions say to use a steel as a base color.  When you look at the ship on T.V. or even on the box it looks like they used a bronze/gold color, almost a champaign.  The Axtek is keeping me from doing my "A" model.  There has been much discussion about what to use on the hull.  It's enough to make you want to give up sometimes.

  • Member since
    March, 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Monday, January 23, 2017 8:40 AM

Part of the difficulty is that interpretation of color is a very subjective thing--the same colors may, literally, look different to different people.

Plus, even when established references to 'studio model' colors are known, those same colors were designed for highly-specific but widely-variable 'studio' lighting---and may look wildly 'off' in real-world conditions.

Beyond establishing a palette of relative tones...which is admittedly useful...I've generally found myself shelving 'accurate' formulas for what looks right. Not as simple as it sounds, by any means, but it's usually more satisfying in the end.

Greg

 

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  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Riverton, Wyoming
Posted by Andrew Magoo on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 2:42 AM

Howdy, I had at one time figured out a what looks right formula but it doesn't match any that I'v found. Greg you are absolutly correct, different lighting effects the preceived hue of a given color. If there ever are any starships the color they reflect in orbit around Earth will be far different say around Jupiter and in deep space the ship, as in Star Trek, will be self lit. The paint currently on my son's Enterprise C when taken into a darkened room looks pretty close to what you see on the only episode it was shown. Currently he is not going to show it all battle damaged to pieces. However, he has decided to give it a long duratrion deep space penetration expedition look and taken several panels and altered their hue so they look to be repaired damage. After decals I'm sure there will be some space weathering. Thanks for the input. Andrew Magoo 

  • Member since
    October, 2004
  • From: Orlando, Florida
Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:27 PM

But does studio lighting count with something like the NX-01, which is only done in the computer?

I just don't know enough about some subjects.

  • Member since
    April, 2009
  • From: Lowell City, Mars
Posted by Cadet Chuck on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:31 PM

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Computer, did we bring batteries?.....Computer?

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