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  1. I'm calling this finishedish. I may tinker a bit more but it's basically done.
  2. After a marathon of a weekend with the combined efforts of 6 different people over the period, including Stew again, we have now replenished the webstore with fresh stock of many colours including: Royal Navy WW2 RN01 - 507A Dark Grey RN02 - 507B Medium Grey RN07 - B5 / B15 Dark Blue US Navy WW2 US05 - Late 1941 5-H Haze Gray US06 - Late 1941 5-O Ocean Gray US27 - Norfolk 250-N Flight Deck Stain Regia Marina RM08 - Rosso Imperial Japanese Navy IJN04 - Yokosuka Naval Arsenal Grey IJN11 - IJN Antifouling Red Modern Naval M12 - Russian Deck Green Royal Australian Air Force ACOZ04 - RAAF Light Earth ACOZ12 - RAAF Medium Sea Grey Japanese aircraft (IJN / IJA) ACJ20 - Hinomaru Red ACJ23 - Propeller Brown Luftwaffe ACLE04 - Rot (RAL3000) ACLW09 - Grun RLM62 ACLW21 - Gelb RLM04 Royal Air Force / Fleet Air Arm ACRN04 - Medium Sea Grey (BS381C-637) ACRN09 - MAP Dark Green ACRN21 - RAF/FAA Yellow ACRN25 - Light Green ACRN27 - Roundel Red (BS381C-538) Regia Aeronautica ACRA10 - Nocciola Chiaro USAAF / USAF / USN ACUS11 - Pre-war Chrome Yellow ACUS18 - Tan FS20219 - SEA / Vietnam ACUS26 - Insignia Red ACUS30 - Bronze Green #9 ACUS33 - ANA607 Non-Specular Sea Blue ACUS34 - ANA623 Glossy Sea Blue Furthermore, the long unavailable ACD - Dutch air force range is presently in manufacture and will be available again soon
  3. Ladies and Gentlemen, It has taken a long time, but we have just released our new and updated B5 / B15 model paint from Colourcoats. Yes, we have strayed from the Snyder & Short chips. I am sure many will think I am mad for doing so, but I am utterly convinced I am correct in doing so and will be releasing a free to download PDF as soon as the four forum members whose names are on the front are happy with the final format, however we agreed the colour itself two months ago. The PDF will explain the rationale, the references (that I'd encourage readers to go see for themselves rather than just say they don't believe me) and the methods used to arrive at this shade. I realise the implications of such a drastic shift from the currently held beliefs about B5 and B15. It does mean that some conjecture and agreed colour schemes including B5 determined by analysis of black and white photographs may be incorrect after all - still that is no reason to perpetuate what I believe to be superseded information. Our new colour matches our understanding of unweathered paint. In practise they could and did lose their strong hue at sea due to chalking and wear. https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0730/0927/products/RN07_1024x1024.jpg?v=1494330996 Available now in the UK, and within the next few weeks in the USA: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/products/rn07-b5-b15-dark-blue
  4. I started this kit in 2014. It's actually the reason I was put in touch with White Ensign Models' liquidator - I had just bought the kit from WEM but was going to buy the paint later, then they announced they had ceased trading a week later! I've never run any threads on this, just chipping away at it on and off in my own time. Due to WEM's demise I bought Flyhawk's detail-up set and their resin turrets to go with, but ended up needing a WEM set later when they were back in production. The deck is from Pontos Model and that was a liberation from Sovereign stock also. As we all know, I did get my paint in the end . I've learned a great deal more since I started this through close contact with a few select contacts I've made since starting Sovereign Hobbies, and mostly that translates to my current fine PE parts work being better than it was when I started this, with particular emphasis on gluing pieces in place. I've tried my best at this one and there are deficiencies (some glaring) in my execution, but I'm going to finish this one, move on, and try to get the next one better as is always my approach. Overall, I think it's probably fair to say that I've done a lot of experimentation with different techniques on this one. Some I like and have formed part of my style, others I haven't done well with (but I've tried them).
  5. Today I've had some help from a friend - Stew Dapple has been the first person to sample our brand new, up to date and fully corrected WW2 Russian / VVS colours, meaning that the old WEM ACS range based on Eric Pilawskii's book is consigned to the past. The new Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats ACS range is based on the latest understanding of the Russian colours and we trust our customers will be very pleased with them. The revamped Russian colours bring the camouflage range to: ACS01 - A.11 Blue ACS02 - AMT7 Blue ACS03 - A.11 Green ACS04 - A.11 / AMT Black ACS08 - AMT4 Olive Green ACS11 - AMT11 Blue Grey ACS12 - AMT12 Dark Grey ACS14 - AE9 Grey ACS15 - A.11 Light Brown ACS17 - 4BO Army Green ACS19 - MK7 White ACS20 - Yellow Grey ACS21 - A14 Steel Grey ACS22 - K.11 KR Red BUT WAIT! THAT'S NOT ALL! We have also revised our Japanese colour ACJ16 - the ash-grey shade used on Mitsubishi built A6M2 Zekes (Zeros). This has been matched to the research of Nick Millman, probably the most respected authority on Japanese WW2 colours in the world. ACJ16 - Mitsubishi Zero Grey-Green
  6. I'm calling this one done. It's the now aging Trumpeter 1/350 kit #05302. The kit does need a bit of work but it's the only game in town for Britain's favourite warship and is therefore worth the effort. The turrets were replaced with Flyhawk HMS Hood Super Upgrade Set FH350099 which also came with range finders, UP launchers, blast bags and search light platforms. I started off detailing it with Flyhawk 350098 which whilst nice where it's nice, is also lacking in many ways in terms of the parts themselves. The instructions were poor by current standards. Happily White Ensign Models found a new owner before I got too far in so set PE3514 for HMS Hood was also used instead of Flyhawk in most areas, although the Flyhawk Pom Poms were nicer with turned barrels etc. The Vickers quad 0.5in guns on Hood were represented with 2-dimensional photo etching by both White Ensign and Flyhawk, and the plastic kit parts are vaguely shaped blobs. Happily, I met Park Yong-Joo who owns Tetra Modelworks at Telford last year and was so impressed with his little Vickers gun sets SA-35010 complete with turned barrels for the full 3-dimensional look that I left with some in my pocket as trade samples which are now fitted to Hood (I had to check the quality ). The wooden deck is Pontos Model 35020WD1 which as usual comes with anchor chain and dry transfer draft markings. The rigging is all made from Infini Model Super Fine Black Lycra Rigging (40 denier - or 0.068mm diameter) with the exception of the main crane which I ruined the PE cables for and used the 110denier version of the Infini Line to re-rig instead. All paints are (I'd hope obviously!) Sovereign Hobbies Colourcoats enamels. The primary shades used are RN02 - 507B, RN19 - WW2 RN Anti-fouling red although this was heavily distressed for a weathered look rather than a builder's model, RN24 - Corticene, RN01 - 507A, C02 - Matt Black, C03 - Matt White.
  7. It seems I have managed to build a model in a matter of days. This is rather a big deal, as since my age stopped beginning with a "1" this has never happened! It's the old Mania Hobby kit built completely OOB save for some Eduard superfabric seatbelts (German ones, actually, because they were spare). There's no filler on the model at all, and it's more or less painted Colourcoats ACRN18 RAF Blue-Grey inside, with ACJ12 #1 Hairyokushoku and ACJ20 Hinomaru Red with Alclad II for the shiny silver bits and various Colourcoats C# colours for little bits and bobs. I used Tamiya clear green and clear red on top of enamel silver for the nav lights. The decals are the originals and where a bit fragile, but useable with a couple of touchups (one Hinomaru broke up a little but I'm happy with the save). The antenna is Infini Model Fine Rigging Line as is my usual nowadays. It has some pin washing around the cowl gills, a few panel lines around and under the cowling and the control surfaces and some chalk pastel exhaust staining. That's about it. It's not perfect, but it's not bad either and I'm happy to have finished something by 3rd January 2017 that was still untouched in its box on Boxing Day 2016.
  8. With our eternal thanks to the ever patient and obliging Nick Millman, we have updated our ACJ17 Nakajima "Ame Iro" colour, which for a while has been known to be a bit too dark and a bit too saturated. The out going ACJ17 wasn't too bad, but a bit too stark. It's measured colour values render in RGB like this: With more representative values provided by Nick, the Nakajima colour should (and now does :)) look a little lighter and washed out compared to the old colour: The updated colour has been manufactured, and over the next week or so will be tinned and on sale.
  9. Sovereign Hobbies is now on Scalemates, the stash manager and modelling goods database: https://www.scalemates.com/shops/shop.php?id=2198 On there, we now show as a vendor of all listed products that we sell. In addition, the entire range of Colourcoats is populated, and around 3/4 of them have their RGB colour values posted too (the rest are on my to-do list). Keep track of your personal Colourcoats inventory here: https://www.scalemates.com/colors/range.php?id=749
  10. Evening gang. Been meaning to post up a few photos of this one for a while and finally got some taken in daylight over the holidays. Worked this one up for the Edgar Brooks Tribute Spitfire STGB using the Special Haobby kit and Colourcoats paint along with only a set of Eduard seatbelts added as extras. Other than the seatbelts and a few minor additions such as the throttle cables and flare rack the cockpit was pretty much that found within the kit... I've read horrible stories about how ill-fitting this kit is but can't say I found any major issues that test-fitting and minor adjusting didn't avoid or cure. I've also read that it's inaccurate but other than the wingtips requiring a few minutes reshaping it looks like a Seafire 45 to me. Painted using Colourcoats Enamel range throughout as my first attempt to use this brand of paint and have to say I loved them. Easy to use and forgiving of my clumsy brush and airbrushing techniques. Always wanted to add a Mk.45 to my small but growing Seafire collection and this one has satisfied my desire
  11. I'm going to make a little base for this and whilst I might still play about a bit with the weathering, I'm calling it done-ish. I won't pretend I'm completely satisfied with it, but then again, I never am. I've built worse. It's the Airfix new tool kit A05129 built more-or-less out of the box with the exception of a replacement resin seat c/w seatbelts and armoured backplate (48019), main wheels (48076) and exhausts (48043) from Ultracast. I stuck to my trusty Squadron green filler and the paints are all from Colourcoats (probably obviously, because accidently buying a 28,000 tin personal stash was really how this business started). Lastly, the antenna was added using the elasticated Infini Model rigging line. I use that for all my models now and every stretched sprue antenna that has been broken this year taking models to various shows (that would be all of them, actually) has been replaced with this stuff which is idiot proof and therefore ideal for me! I intend to take more photos outdoors on its sandy base with a real blue sky but the base doesn't yet exist and the blue sky requires me to not be at my day job on a day the sky isn't Ocean Grey - so it may be some time until the "proper" RFI photos if I don't post these.
  12. In the next week or so we will be releasing a series of 3 colour camouflage Colourcoats Coloursets. The aim of these is to hopefully assist customers in finding the colours which typically go together on popular modelling subjects, and furthermore offer a discount against purchasing the component paints separately. These will retail for £6.50 each, and to take advantage of the recent £6.50 postage, a minimum of two 3 colour sets (or any other combination of 6 tins total) will be necessary. Going by the feedback on our existing 8 colour Coloursets, we anticipate that the 3 colour sets will be popular. To begin with, the following sets will be on offer although more shall follow: Modern/Post war Luftwaffe: CCCSLuftModNorm72 - Modern Luftwaffe Norm 72 scheme CCCSLuftModNorm76 - Modern Luftwaffe Norm 76 scheme CCCSLuftModNorm83 - Modern Luftwaffe Norm 83 scheme CCCSLuftModNorm95 - Modern Luftwaffe Norm 95 scheme Wartime Luftwaffe: CCCSLuft616263 - Luftwaffe RLM 61/62/63 scheme CCCSLuft657071 - Luftwaffe RLM 65/70/71 scheme CCCSLuft657102 - Luftwaffe RLM 65/71/02 scheme CCCSLuft747576 - Luftwaffe RLM 74/75/76 scheme CCCSLuft787980A - Luftwaffe RLM 78/79(dark)/80 scheme CCCSLuft787980BA - Luftwaffe RLM 78/79(lightdark)/80 scheme CCCSLuft818276 - Luftwaffe RLM 81/82/76 scheme Royal Air Force / Fleet Air Arm wartime CCCSRAFDFS - RAF Day Fighter scheme CCCSRAFMNS - RAF Mosquito Night scheme CCCSRAFNBS - RAF Night Bomber scheme CCCSRAFTLS - RAF Temperate Land scheme CCCSRAFTSS - RAF Temperate Sea scheme US Navy wartime CCCSUSNWW2Atl - US Navy WW2 Atlantic scheme (inc interior colour) CCCSUSNWW2Pac1942 - US Navy WW2 Pacific 1942 scheme (inc interior colour)
  13. I'm particularly chuffed with this one. The factory technical staff have slaved over this one for much longer than they first anticipated when I rocked up at their office with the colour cards - it has proved very difficult to get right with modern day commercial pigments. Matching the hue and brightness concurrently took a fair bit of trial and error. The software which interprets the factory photospectrometer and works out how much pigment goes in didn't get it right, and it took a lot of manual intervention and downright experience from many combined decades in matching colours to get this for me. It's here now though, and tonight I sprayed the tin lids. Tomorrow evening they go on sale. I'm going to let the results speak for themselves: And here's the new colour against the out-going ACRN12 Azure Blue:
  14. New postage rates apply for buying Colourcoats within mainland UK. This does now mean that a minimum quantity of 6 tins is required to enable this. A further reduction still applies for orders of 12 tins or over. For orders between 6 to 11 tins of Colourcoats (which includes Colourcoats Coloursets and Colourcoats Thinners) the new P&P cost is £6.50. For orders over 12 tins, the new P&P cost is £4.50.
  15. To be fair, the absolute last thing I needed was another ship project on the go, but I got talked in to it through a Facebook group I co-admin which initiated a group build themed on the Battle of the Atlantic. Being an admin, I thought it bad form not to join in, but realised that finishing a ship would be good for me so decided a fresh start with lowered aspirational standards might actually help. I therefore took a bit of a detour on the way home from Duxford in July and dropped in at Hannants in Lowestoft. In retrospect, there are postal companies available which would have saved an enourmous amount of time droning down mile after mile of the dullest roads in Britain, but never mind. It's the Trumpeter 1942 boxing. The mouldings are quite nice on the face of it: I raided the stock room for White Ensign Models PE747 to go with, and also got some brass barrels, masts and yardarms from Master to go with. The Group Build kicked off on 1st August. Being Trumpeter, it doesn't take too long to find an issue. The upper and lower hull halves are different lengths. Just blending in the prow or stern didn't seem clever as the torpedo bulges don't line up either. Anyway, I set about spraying the deck. All paints are my own, perhaps/hopefully obviously. I started removing moulded ladders which will be replaced by photo etched parts later. The moulding on B turret barbette shows poorly aligned tooling. I decided it would be easier to just sacrifice the ventilators to get the barbette cleaned up properly Then I replaced them with Evergreen strip. I intended to display this model in a seabase, but I just don't feel right about using waterline plates, so I decided to address the hull, by sawing it in half. The width of the razor saw blade almost cured the alignment issue, and some wet and dry on a flat, hard surface did the rest. The halves were rejoined and glued to the upper half. The seam was filled and sanded The hull was then sprayed 507C thinned with cellulose thinner for maximum drying speed, then masked with Maskol before painting on Western Approaches White and B5. Tonight's exercise is to remask and hopefully get the MS1 and MS3 colours on. Tonight I have: The hull camouflage was completed: Then the underwater hull was painted in the Royal Navy's anti-fouling red colour and the boot topping painted on. Building up superstructure prior to camouflaging it: I took a break and painted the Walrus cockpit areas (not the glazing!!) black and the rest of the fuselage silver. When the Dark Slate Grey/Extra Dark Sea Grey goes on later, this gives a sort of illusion of not being a solid blob of plastic. I made a start on a sea base. This is my first attempt at this particular technique. And a wee bit more superstructure assembly and I'm calling it a night.
  16. Part of what interests me about this little business I fell in to is that there is so much to learn. Like many, I until quite recently was under the mistaken believe that sea blue was sea blue, was sea blue. Or more specifically that it was different sheens on the same colour that adorned US Navy aircraft from 1943 until they started painting them Light Gull Grey over white. In my defence, it's an easy mistake to make as a modeller - there is so much misinformation out there. Look at most modelling resources and you'll find FS595 references for all these aircraft. Paint a "tricolor" scheme with FS35024. Paint an all-over blue Corsair with FS15042. Grumman Panther? Yup that's FS15042 also. The fact that Federal Standard actually write on the chip for FS35042 that it is ANA607 Non-Specular Sea Blue and that FS15042 is ANA623 Glossy Sea Blue really doesn't help to dispel the myth either. I'm not about to tell everyone they're painting their US Navy aircraft the wrong colour - they're your models and you can do what you like. What we have done though is make colours matched specifically to the best US Navy colour monograms going. I, for one, was surprised at the difference when reviewing the chips with our factory technical staff back in July, but things dull with time. They're here now. The ANA607 colour was a particular challenge to get right - the ANA623 and FS15042 were more straightforward but it's still a matching and quality control process which needs to run its course. I painted the tin lids tonight, and after having a few months to wonder whether I was wasting a lot of resources making 3 new colours which most people think are the same as ACUS07 or any other brand's sea blue for that matter, I was fairly surprised to see how different these colours are, both upon seeing them wet in the big cans they come to us in, but also drying on the lids. See for yourselves: Colourcoats ACUS33 - ANA607 Non-Specular Sea Blue going on: Colourcoats ACUS33 - ANA607 Non-Specular Sea Blue almost dry on the lids: Colourcoats ACUS34 - ANA623 Glossy Sea Blue drying on the lids - this one is a glossy paint with 25% flatting agent for better usability and to ensure it will actually dry! From left to right - ACUS35 - FS15042 Gloss Sea Blue, ACUS34 - ANA623 Glossy Sea Blue, ACUS33 - ANA607 Non-Specular Sea Blue
  17. In just over a week's time (i.e. when we get back from Scale Scotland), we'll be releasing some new colours for post war Luftwaffe subjects. These will cater for the well known F104 Starfighter, F4 Phantom, Tornado etc schemes: Norm 72 scheme: ACLW23 - Gelboliv RAL6014 ACLW24 - Basaltgrau RAL7012 ACLW25 - Weißaluminium RAL9006 Norm 76 scheme: ACLW23 - Gelboliv RAL6014 ACLW24 - Basaltgrau RAL7012 ACLW26 - Teifschwarz RAL9005 ACLW27 - Silbergrau RAL7001 (slightly weathered) Norm 83 Scheme: ACLW28 - Olivgrün RAL6003 ACLW29 - Schwarzgrau RAL7021 ACUS20 - Forest Green FS34079 (existing South East Asia colour from Colourcoats Air USAF range)
  18. Good evening fellow modellers We have had a busy week at Sovereign Hobbies, which is going to mean some positive changes in the not-too-distant future. More on that in due-course ... In the short term, we have initiated manufacture of 3 new colours: ACRN34 WW2 Azure Blue This colour is matched to the colour chips endorsed by the RAF Museum at Hendon within the book "British Aviation Colours of World War Two - The Official Camouflage, Colours and Markings of RAF Aircraft, 1939-1945" published by Arms and Armour Press ISBN 0-85368-271-2. This book is regarded as the reference for wartime British aircraft colours. ACUS33 WW2 US Navy Non-Specular Sea Blue ANA607 ACUS34 WW US Navy Glossy Sea Blue ANA623 Theses colours are matched to this reference's painted colour chips: The existing ACUS07: ... was analysed against the reference material and Federal Standard chips, and proved to be an excellent match to ANA606 Semi-gloss Sea Blue but ironically not, as they are labelled, FS25042. Consequently, ACUS07 is renamed as ANA606 and we will shortly produce a brand new FS15042 match for modellers to use on Korean war type schemes.
  19. Part 1 of our "Introducing" blogs - Gillian & I: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/blogs/news/118499844-introducing-part-1 Part 2 - H&B Hobbies, MA, United States of America: https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/blogs/news/118497092-introducing-part-2
  20. Evening all, I've now completed my Stuka as per the following build thread: http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234998686-148-revell-junkers-ju87b-2-stuka/ It's the Revell boxing, built OOB save for Eduard fabric seatbelts (I'll revert to PE in future - I didn't get on so well with these to be honest) and an Eduard Brassin MG15 machine gun to replace the kit item. Paints are all Colourcoats, but I used Humbrol clear coats. The stencils and crosses were from the Revell decal sheet. The ID markings and nose art were from an old FCM Battle of Britain decal sheet, and the Swastikas were from Xtradecal. The aerial is Infini Model Lycra Rigging Line, Fine / 70 denier (0.091mm diameter). Sorry about the indoor photos, but the light is starting to fade and I wanted to post this tonight for personal reasons.
  21. I was asked on another thread how Colourcoats compared to two references. I decided to post the response in here where anyone who wishes to view it can find it, but without feeling like they're getting a sales pitch amidst WIP threads. The references used are: 1996 edition BS381C; described as for identification, not matching purposes. Matching quality cards are available, but cost even more than the already very expensive booklet! British Aviation Colours of World War Two - The Official Camouflage, Colours and Markings of RAF Aircraft, 1939-45 published by Arms and Armour Press in association with the RAF Museum, Hendon The two colours asked about specifically were ACRN09 Dark Green and ACRN03 Dark Sea Grey, so I'll start there. Colour chips were brushed out from Colourcoats tins onto photo-printing card segments. For these two colours alone, I have also brushed out samples of popular competing brands (who will not be named!!!) tinned and sold as being RAF Dark Green and RAF Dark Sea Grey, or are called out in kit instructions for use in these applications:Dark Greens against Ref.1: Dark Greens against Ref.2: Dark Sea Greys against Ref.1: Dark Sea Greys against Ref.2: On to WW2 colours in general: We already know that ACRN12 Azure Blue is wrong, and aim to have a replacement colour faithful to Ref.2 on the market by August this year. By coincidence, as I was brushing the chips for this exercise I noticed a Russian colour with more purple in it - I included it here. Another leading brand competitor sells WW2 RAF Coloursets including Azure Blue but they have made the mistake of matching to the modern BS colour of the same name. The following photograph showing Azure Blues together shows how far out it is, and why modern Azure Blue is completely unsuitable for MTO colour Spitfires, Hurricanes, Beaufighters etc. I do have ACRN28 RAF Interior Grey-Green downstairs, but it's raining and I don't want to go outside. If there's a desire, I'll do it another day. For post war uses, the following are the relevant greys against BS381C. ACRN02 Extra Dark Sea Grey has gone from the 1996 edition, and ACRN08 Barley Grey is matched to BS4800 / 18-B-21. Dark Greens were shown at the beginning, but I had a tin of -220 Olive Green handy: ACLE01 Anti-flash White doesn't appear in either reference. ACLE02 Hemp is matched to BS4800 / 10-B-21 but happens to be fairly close-ish to a BS381C colour: Likewise ACRN16 RAF Desert Pink / Sand is actually matched to FS595-20279 but is close to a BS381C colour:
  22. Evening all, With some Royal Navy aircraft carriers being released recently, I wanted to learn more about what colour the flight decks were. The Asian company instructions recommend dark greys, whilst Airfix recommended Humbrol 30 which was more a forest green. Thanks to some contacts I have made through another forum, I have been able to draw upon the investigative skills of some methodical folks who have obtained a wealth of documentation from various archives detailing which colours the Royal Navy were to use and how they were to be made aboard the ship or in the dockyards. From 1933 until non-slip paints were made available in a wide range of colours in mid-1941ish, the Admiralty prescribed AP631 Bronze Grey for aircraft carrier flight decks. Armed with copies of the relevant Admiralty Fleet Orders, and extracts from the Rate Book of Naval Stores from various years courtesy of my new friends, I had the formula to make the original oil paint from a list of base ingredients and imperial units. With the exception of white flake lead pigment, which is not required for AP631 in particular, all original pigments and liquids are still available commercially. Bronze Grey requires Zinc white, yellow ochre, black, white spirit, boiled linseed oil and terebine dryers to make. I didn't want a CWT of paint so the liquids were corrected for density and converted to mass. All masses were converted to metric and scaled down in proportion. There's a little more to it than just that though - the Admiralty didn't want powdered pigments aboard ships and having made up some paints I can see why. Instead, the base colours were to be mixed with linseed oil to form a stiff paste which could be canned and stored. It is these pastes which are mixed by weight to make a final colour in accordance with Rate Book recipes. The black was different, that was supplied as a ready-to-use oil paint, which I had to make from scratch. Many supporting documents had to be sourced to determine the attributes of the oil pastes. Fast forward to now, and I have what I am confident is a good representation of AP631 Bronze Grey. What's pleasantly surprising, although it shouldn't be, is that this stuff made up into what anyone would recognise as a proper paint! Using the sample we have now introduced another model enamel to the rest of our colour range.
  23. We are pleased to announce a new relationship with Creative Models Australia who were Colourcoats stockists previously. We now have agreed a restock which we are compiling and shall be shipping imminently. Creative Models Australia shall be able to supply customers within both Australia and New Zealand. http://www.creativemodels.com.au/'>http://www.creativemodels.com.au/
  24. I'm calling this one done. The light is fading and it's very windy outside, but I'll try to get better photos at some point in the near future.