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I agree with Modeldad's color evaluation

November 14 2017 at 9:48 AM
James Caldwell  (Login PRILLER13)
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Response to A couple of observations.

Having purchased the book that deals with the restoration of the NASM FW 190 F8 many years ago, I too have always disagreed with the text in the book stating that the colors used were 70/75/76. While not seeing the airframe in person since the restoration was completed, the pictures contained in the book are very good, most being taken outside in natural light. The gray green used is not dark or "black" enough to be RLM 70 Black Green, but looks to me to be RLM 74.

It is also well known that RLM 74 varied during the war from darker to lighter and our knowledge of German colors has increased a bunch since the restoration was completed. The book shows that the paint was carefully sanded through the various layers to document all the coats of paint on the airframe. The restoration team also carefully mixed paints to match the last paint on the airframe, and I think that computers were used to help tint the paint to match. So the color used on the restoration is acurate, but the color call out by the restoration team may be inaccurate.

When I paint my kit to match the NASM aircraft, I am gonna paint mine 74/75/76, using the darkest RLM 74 I have in my paint cabinet (a bottle of Floquil Military Color enamel comes to mind).

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