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I just wonder if we fuss too much over getting the right pigment
For example paint manufacturers have a huge say what is light gray, dark gray etc. About the only pigments on target are black and white. Model Masterís production of the S&S pigments of 5N and 50 of USN colors did not match S&S chip cards (but in the defense of Testors their 5L, 5P etc. were correct to chip card). Then if you read the paint formulations by S&S in Plastic Ship Modeler, those formulations and comments would not match their chip card.
I am thinking getting the the proper camo scheme for the time period and what was used to create that camo scheme is the important factor. Too many variables today and even for the ship painters of WW2 to say the pigment mixed was exactly what the camo designer had in mind.
Unless other wise specified paints were mixed by volume. The x parts to y parts is not dependent on units, it could be ounces, cups, quarts or gallons the ratio is the same. That doesn't mean there weren't variations due to not getting all of it out of the can or due to measuring incorrect amounts.
I remember reading that paint pigments did not come straight from a can pre-mixed . So for example 5P could 2 parts white , 1 part blue. I always wondered how much is a part? I also wonder about age of paint and was it properly mixed prior to it be mixed with another pigment? Makes a difference in shade.
Now add sun fading .....oh boy!
Hobby paint manufacturers vary in pigments. Neutral Gray in Polly Scale is not the same as Model Masters with Polly Scale being far darker.
To ease the insanity I use 5 tools. Alan Ravenís articles on ship camouflage, Navsource, Floating Drydockís two books on USN camouflage, S&S chips and this board. If a kit comes with painting instructions I usually find that they are wrong for the time frame of ship fit.
Is this all perfect.....not in the least. I have at 2 or 3 kits in my collection in wrong camo scheme that donít match timing of shipís fittings. Those are future redos
And so it goes.
Is she Gray or Blue?
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