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Looking for paint color suggestions for DC-3

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  • Member since
    March 2021
Looking for paint color suggestions for DC-3
Posted by RhythmDawg on Saturday, March 27, 2021 6:29 PM


I building a 1/48 model DC-3 with Pacific Western Airlines colors circa 1960s. Would anyone be able to help me with silver, white and red paint suggestions? I'll likely use Mr Hobby Surfacer 1000, and for silver I'm thinking Mr Color Rough Silver GX208 for a base and Mr Hobby Super Metallic SM201 for a finish, with a Mr Color Super Clear III GX100 for a clear coat. No idea about the white or red though.

Douglas DC-3C - Pacific Western Airlines | Aviation Photo #0120953 |

Thanks and take care,


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  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Thursday, April 1, 2021 9:12 AM

I'd use Alclad aluminum for the natural aluminum.  Any white or black would work.  Not sure on red.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, April 1, 2021 3:22 PM

I'm with Don on the Alclad.  The tail looks more like international orange to me.  This the tiny 1/200 Hasegawa kit in Alclad airframe aluminum




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  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Friday, April 2, 2021 2:33 PM

I have always liked this bird in Aluminum and the markings of either American( Red over Metal/ Blue trim stripes.) or Capitol (White Top to the window tops and Blue stripe at windows/ and silver everwhere else!

 I think though that red will require a white basecoat to look right!

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Posted by GMorrison on Saturday, April 3, 2021 3:54 PM

Leading Edge decals made a 1/72 set if you can find it. If you trust, you can pull matches.

I can't quite make out the cheat lines- they look like two black over red.

Johns right, or at least tomato red. Definitely has some yellow in it.


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Posted by RhythmDawg on Sunday, April 25, 2021 6:48 PM

Thanks John


That is the look I'm going for, would you happen to know if that plane used the Clear Base (ALC303) or Gloss Black Base (ALC304)? And if it used a Klear Kote Gloss (ALC310) or Aqua Gloss Clear (ALC600) to apply the decals?

Thanks and take care,



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