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    Colourset improvements

    Regia Aeronautica Mid-War set. Verde Oliva Scuro 2 over Nocciola Chiaro 4 camouflage on the upper surfaces with Grigio Azzurro Chiaro 1 on the undersides. Enamel model paint
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    Colourset improvements

    Colourcoats Set US Navy WWII Pacific 1943-44 Colourset ANA606 Semi-Gloss Sea Blue ANA607 Non-Specular Sea Blue ANA608 Intermediate Blue ANA611 Interior Green ANA601 Insignia White ANA605 Insignia Blue. Tri color scheme. Enamel model paint
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    HMS Prince of Wales 1941

    Due to popular demand, I have added scrap views of the superstructure athwartships views. Every 14" gun barrel is camouflaged in its own right, and there is some camouflage carried onto the turret tops (which may be mostly MS1) - but I'm out of time now and need to do other stuff for Telford.
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    HMS Rodney 1942

    Another scheme we've worked on lately has been HMS Rodney. Some of the model kit painting guides have made me want to cry (see Trumpeter's 1/700 box art below), whilst the internet is flooded with "colourised" photographs which add to the confusion. Furthermore, whilst Rodney wore the same shape of pattern from 1942 until she was dismantled, the actual colours seem to have changed as the original paints used were rationalised to a simpler colour palette in the 1943 revision to the "B & G series" paints. That, also, doesn't help. Trumpeter box art Trumpeter painting instructions: Or this - I don't know where this came from but it appears on Google when searching images for "Rodney 1942"! Ficticious "colourised" photograph: Rodney is fairly well photographed leaving Liverpool in 1942 wearing her brand new scheme in immaculate condition, and furthermore was filmed in colour during Operation Pedestal, itself a very rare thing in the Royal Navy - strictly speaking filming was disallowed except by official war correspondents, but a blind eye was turned to some officers with a pre-existing hobby for filming however the films had to be submitted for rather heavy censorship. Anyway, the Op Pedestal footage is a bit washed out, and like much cinefilm is over or underexposed in places, however the footage does demolish many suggested colour schemes in circulation. Furthermore, Rodney was subject to several contemporary paintings. Some post war paintings also exist. One particularly notable painting however is by Stephen Bone who saw Rodney first hand. Bone was an official war artist, which is good, but his credentials are further enhanced because before that appointment he worked at the Camouflage Directorate at Leamington Spa - where the Royal Navy camouflage paints were developed and where the Admiralty tasked with developing bespoke camouflage designs for individual cruisers, capital ships and aircraft carriers as well as the standardised designs for destroyers and smaller ships - so Bone knew what colours he was seeing.
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    HMS Prince of Wales 1941

    HMS Prince of Wales must be a contender for some of the most botched schemes ever applied to models. That said, given the number of conflicting sources that's perhaps not surprising. Some sources even reference paints that would not be available until 3 years after the ship was lost. Others, such as Tamiya's instructions, seem to assume that the Royal Navy's camouflage was a free for all using all sorts of random colours. In any case, HMS Prince of Wales was extensively photographed in mid-late 1941, albeit in black and white. These photographs alone consign many proposed schemes to the bin because the photographs show light tones where the suggested scheme shows dark, and vice versa. We can also dismiss any schemes featuring paints which did not exist at the time - those cannot be well considered if the author suggesting it did not know his paint colour timeline! Study of the black and white photographs allows an accurate map of the camouflage demarcations to be assembled. Furthermore, it is possible to count five separate camouflage colours on each side. Thus, we can eliminate suggested schemes comprising of four colours. That leads to the remaining schemes which are plausible tonally. HMS Prince of Wales was however filmed in colour, just once and very briefly at that, in summer 1941 not too long after the paint was applied, and this gives us an invaluable insight into the hues present. All considered, here's what we have come up with:
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    1/350 HMS Imperial D09

    The Law of ze Sod has struck me well and truely this time. Would you believe that after so much hunting around for *wartime* images of HMS Imperial and finding only the AWM image, and deciding to just build the model, one of the gents who has been central to our RN paints research project just returned from the National Archives having stumbled across a series of excellent quality images from Malta's drydock straight after it arrived there after the towing seen in the AWM photo I showed a crop of, in a file full of damage reports. Curiously, Imperial had special treatment in the file too as the rest of the reports were light to lacking on photographs. This is excellent. I but wish my grandmother were still around to see these photos. As for the model, there are good and bad points. On the plus side, the drydock photos don't contradict my 507A / 507C colour scheme assumption. Furthermore, whilst none of the photos show the whole ship what they do show is approximately similar camouflage on both port and starboard side. The photos do clearly show the TSDS fit in place rather than depth charge equipment, so I did get that right. On the negative side, I didn't get the stern camouflage right though. It's more like a reverse of the bow, but leaving a rectangular light grey bit on the stern with black pennant number. Perhaps the biggest difference though and the one worrying me the most is that the mainmast has completely gone. Instead there appears to be a stub mast on the searchlight platform. As the first ship I have finished in a while I am having second thoughts about hacking it up already, so am going to think on it for a while. Ultimately though, I think it will need to be fixed.
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    Colourset improvements

    Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats enamel paint set for Royal Navy Camouflage 1941-1943. The Admiralty Disruptive type camouflage schemes were extensively used mid war on vessels of all sizes, and typically comprised between 3 to 5 of the following colours; MS1, MS2, 507A, B5, MS3, B6, MS4, 507C and MS4A. Enamel model paints.
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    Colourset improvements

    Colourcoats Set 1943-1945 Royal Navy B&G Series Colourset. G5 G10 (Shade of 507A) 10% RF, B15, G20, B20 (introduced in late 1944), B30, G45 (Shade of 507C), B55. Enamel model paint.
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    Telford. Who's going?

    Henchman and I are 99% sure that Awesome Paint Stirrer and RLMman are in fact one in the same person...
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    Warren's New HMS Rodney Adventure.

    This took some calculation. I should have prepared better earlier... I have converted both sets of colours to true greyscale but retaining the exact Light Reflectance Values of each. This perhaps explains the tonal problems with all Snyder & Short copies better than words. Note how the documented numbers of the left go from smallest to largest and our new paints likewise graduate from darkest to lightest, whilst the Snyder & Short ones jump back and forth. Anyone trying to make sense of B&W images with the shades on the left is on a hiding to nothing due to this. That's why there are so many versions of colour schemes around and each of them is contradicted by some real piece of evidence - the jigsaw pieces just don't fit together:
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    Telford. Who's going?

    Ach it's ok Darren - it's just one of those things that needs to be done. It's a long weekend of standing with a smile painted on and aching feet and face at best. It's the little things that can irritate beyond reason though, like club wrist banders in early trying to get in about your stuff whilst still setting up and wanting to buy something when the computer is off and the card machine and money box are buried under a mountain of stuff. It sounds ungrateful, I'm sure, but it's hard not to be grimacing thinking "we're trapped here all weekend - can't you just come back after the show opens and we're set up?" We were accosted by some absolute rocket at teardown last year too, wanting to know if we'd changed formulae because he bought one tin from White Ensign Models 7 years ago and it wouldn't dry but it couldn't be anything he did wrong because his paint stirrer was "awesome". I literally just walked away (with paint rack on a trolley). Another trader reported him to the hall manager and we got a mail from the latter when we got home asking if it needed following up - it didn't - but for sure trading reveals a side to modelling that you'd rather not know was there! 🤣
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    Telford. Who's going?

    Me. Dreading it already 🤐
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    Warren's New HMS Rodney Adventure.

    Hi Warren, It might not be the worst idea to just go with Home Fleet Grey. My corrected paints are not in Australia. Creative have the old colours we inherited from White Ensign Models. As such, you can't buy mine regardless but nevertheless the exercise of correcting these colours has been massively time consuming and extremely expensive for us as a small business. The money we spent on travel expenses alone to visit the things we needed to see was substantial, never mind the manhours I poured into it - if only model paint were lucrative enough to take a wage from! All other model paints labelled as Royal Navy colours are copied from Snyder & Short's chips. John Snyder of Snyder & Short (but it's been run solely by Randy Short for a long time now) worked for White Ensign Models and was the first to attempt RN paints. Everyone else copied them except for AKAN which have some differences and are slightly better than the rest in some areas. AKAN's B5 for instance lacks B5's brilliance, but it's a lot better than the medium greys everyone else is selling - including what's labelled as "B5" in your Hataka set who copied Snyder & Short down to the non-existant "RN Warm White" and non-existant "Late War B55". It may sound anal, but the fundamental problem you are going to have in simply figuring out "which colour goes where" is that all (except ours, which I can't sell you anyway) are a train-crash of inaccuracies of varying severity. Some like B5 and B6 are simply nothing like the real colours, but almost all of them have tonal problems meaning the colours are darker than the ones they're supposed to be lighter than or lighter than the ones they're supposed to be darker than. At very best, what you'll end up with will look a bit weird. At worst, you'll kick the model across the room trying to reconcile the irreconcilable when looking at B&W photos trying to work out what the hell is going on. This image below contains the 1942 paint colours (excluding Mountbatten Pink and the Western Approaches Light Blue and Light Green which are not relevant to Rodney) ordered from darkest at the top to lightest at the bottom - this is in accordance with primary source documented evidence: Our research group can generate scores if not hundreds of emails to each other and dozens of photographs, not to mention sometimes empassioned debate and exasperation trying to nail down the scheme of a single ship. By way of example, here's Rodney as a work in progress. For the record, I don't think either of these is correct and we're not sure we've got the right colour palette on either. We're working from more B&W images than I can count, a good handful of contemporary paintings and some washed out colour cinefilm from OP Pedestal, which although far from clear is better than we have for most ships. I started turning grey in my early twenties. I'm 37 now. I swear I'm going to look like Gandalf The White by the time I'm 40 if I keep working on ship camouflage! In a nutshell, it's difficult working out paint schemes when you do know what the colours actually looked like. It'll be a very frustrating exercise trying to do it with paints which are neither the correct hue nor tone (relative to each other, never mind in absolute terms). Rodney was painted in overall Home Fleet Grey (Admiralty Pattern 507A) in 1941 for the Bismarck chase
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    Colourset improvements

    Colourcoats Set RAF V-Bomber and Fighters 1970s. BS381C-241 Dark Green BS381C-638 Dark Sea Grey BS381C-627 Light Aircraft Grey. Royal Air Force RAF V-Bombers: Victor, Vulcan; Fighters: Phantom, Hunter; Light Bombers: Canberra; Transports:Hercules C.1, 1970s into 1980s.. Enamel model paint set.
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    Colourset improvements

    Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats enamel paint set for USAF F-4 Phantom Euro scheme. Whereas the "European One" scheme comprised a similar appearance, F-4s specifically differed in retaining the FS 34079 as the darkest tone, the same paint used in the South East Asia schemes. Features 3 x 14ml tins of enamel paints matched to the originals including: 1 x ACUS19 - Green Olive Drab FS24102 1 x ACUS20 - Forest Green FS34079 1 x ACUS43 - Dark Gunship Gray FS36081
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