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  1. I've seen many old mixes written down, but haven't seen that 1915 recipe. Is that another one with umber + lead white? Slightly greenish compared to SCC2 (or a resulting battle dress colour) is exactly what we've done with the Poelkapelle tank.
  2. Provided you used warm artificial light here I guess the kg3 is indeed a bit too light compared to the dark green. It reinforces my late conviction the contrast between the two is more striking than the exact l*a*b measurements. That kg3 might use some tiny bit black added.
  3. Great project. But .... do they really say Gunze H81? Man ....
  4. Congratulations my British friends. Congratulations.
  5. All same paint On Topic: I love the Burnt Iron paint. Looks great.
  6. With the recent early war BEF projects I'ld liek to share the following. Some years ago I mixed paints based on Mike Starmer's mixes and swatches. And I tested the fact in black and white the colours were almost indistinguishable. Perhaps that element is a great tool in order to shape colour for your model rather than a spectrometre. Last picture is more reflection on the Khaki Green than anything else. MkII in France 1940.
  7. H29 is actually not bad at all. Especially for real tanks. Scale models are simply another piece of cake -> are they inside in artifical light or not etc? The Poelkappele tank is very close to H29 rather than H26. But outside in the sun this becomes orange and in cool light greenish. Very large spectrum there.... And frankly we had discussions lately here about how greenish or brownish the original paint on the model is at Bovington. The repainted mk IV itself is indeed close to H29 / dark earthish and the model slightly browner. So there you go....
  8. Not the Allies, the US. The UK never adopted the M1. Neither did most of Europe.
  9. Yes that camo is great. It is simply the geo map of Australia of course: a huge desert with some interesting stuff on the edges.
  10. The fact is, even the first M1 was choosen for the US while the Leopard 2 got better results. That too was politics. As Stuart said: defense forces should be equipped to defend, not to spice the economy. It can be combined, but does not need to. Again: if Belgium would think like that, we would be double bankrupt. Instead, we work in joined programs where we can go for a result and nibble here and there with own companies (electronics, some parts etc....). We are NATO, I think the answer lies there. Just as the UK used Belgian rifles once and many used the L7 gun.
  11. It certainly does look OK. This effect is what we tried on the poelcapelle tank. The Brussels museum has bad ambient light to do a decent study.
  12. I think you are completely right on most elements. The key is the colours might not be 100% primaries yet most colours we want to achieve are in a certain spectrum. Hence your od, grey and dark yellow base set. I think lists of mixes are fine. They gave a guide to start with. Even those are fragile once the paint companies start changing stuff.... Fact is, it is a hit discussion with lots of things which are true although they seem contradictory. In modelling a 95% is just a complete match IMHO for all reasons stated. In restoration it is "close" and perhaps still acceptable. Etc etc
  13. Careful with red, yellow and blue though. A purplish red, warm yellow and indigo wont give you all colours
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