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Re: Color scale effect question iv

 The whole notion of colour scaling pre-supposes a single point of view. We can consider our models as smaller versions of the original, or we can consider them fullsize objects viewed from a long distance away. Neither is wrong. For the record, I do not subscribe to the whole colour scaling school of thought, but I do like detailing. I understand the apparent logic, but I prefer to think of my models as miniatures. If we convince ourselves that our models are real ships viewed from several miles away, then we should not bother with rigging, radars, handrailing etc either because none of that is visible from the distances that the excessively dulled colours dictate the notional viewing distance is. Previous Message Thank you James. Previous Message This subject was recently touched on, below re 1/350 carrier aircraft. Personal preference on 1/350 is about 30% USN Light Gull Grey, never white, for "scale effect." As someone wisely observed, red can "pink" (and make you sad, as in below waterline-pink) if one is not careful. And 'agree, USAAF Neutral Grey is also useful for toning down light hues and diffusing darker ones, e.g. hull red. Look at photos of ships from a distance and then your model. Your 1/350 CV or BB at 4 feet from your eyeballs is effectively being "scale-seen" from a quarter mile away. Best of fortune. Previous Message Hi Robert and Bruno, I think David Griffiths mentions this rule in his book. I sometimes lighten paints for scale effect but use a very light blue-grey rather than white. In addition, you have to watch what you do trying to get a scale effect with reds, yellows, and oranges. It's quite easy to change red into pink if you don't watch what you are doing. Richard. Previous Message Hi Robert, Years ago on this very board I got a formula for scale effect which told: "add lightening color -white- in a percentage equal to the square root of the denominator of the scale". Given for 1:350, the denominator is 350 and its square root is 18.7 so according to this formula I should add about 19-20% of white. I absolutely DON'T KNOW the origin of this formula, but it seems to work fine, except maybe for Navy Blue, for which color I tend to add up to 30% of white. For scale effects on lighter colors like white, yellow and red I add about 3 to 5% of neutral gray and I can live with this. Maybe there are other formula which work as well. But since I use this my builds no more look like toys optically. _Bruno

 Responses Re: Color scale effect question iv - Robert Smith August 2, 2018, 12:47:39 Re: Color scale effect question v - James Hood August 2, 2018, 20:08:57 Re: Color scale effect question v - James Duff August 7, 2018, 1:34:18 « Back to index

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