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Haggis9444

Help with Spitfire Vb colour.

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Good evening.

I have just bought the Airfix 1/24 Spitfire Vb.

I quite fancy doing an alternative colour scheme, I have seen pictures of the restored BM597 in the sky/tan/green.

Does anyone know where I could possibly get similar decals. I also I have really enjoyed using Tamiya spraycans recently, what colour is the correct one for RAF tan, is it AS15?

Finally, am I correct in thinking that Tamiya doesn't do SKY in a spraycan? (I've seen various suggestions to use an IJN colour but could do with advice.)

Any help appreciated.

Mark,

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The 'Tan' in that scheme would be Dark Earth, which is listed as AS22 in their charts. The scheme worn by BM597 is the standard early/mid Spitfire scheme, to be exact the Temperate Land Scheme of Dark Green/ Dark Earth / Sky with Sky fuselage band and spinner.

There is no Sky in Tamiya's spray line. AS29 is vaguely in the ballpark, but you're much better off simply using an inexpensive airbrush to spray XF21 (or someone else's Sky).

Edited by Adam Maas

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She's a beautiful machine, it'll be good to see her modelled. Can't wait to see your build. :)

Here's a couple of photos I have of her.

Spitfire5LFVbBM597JA-CG-MKVBHACFL056982_

Spitfire5LFVbBM597JA-CG-MKVBHACFL05FL057

:frantic:

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Thanks.

I did look at Dark Earth but it looked too dark compared to the pics.

I'll give it a go.

Mark.

Tamiya's Dark Earth does look a little dark for DE, and the warbird seems a bit on the light side for proper DE.

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If I may - I did a post on this http://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/234926602-spitfire-green-1940-41/ I was in a similar state regarding colour. My 2 pence is this. The Brown is wrong. I have found that the mix of suggested get one pretty close and it has worked a treat. I was at the Army Airforce museum last weekend and noticed the brown used on the helicopter cammo. I suspect that is the brown used on the BOB flight aircraft. The Vallejo RAF Brown is also too dark so be warned. I managed to match up a Vallejo colour to my home made mix from the factory swabs. Having Tried it yet, but will gig out the number if you want.

Here is what I use

Dark Earth Brown:

XF 52 – 2 parts
XF 49 Kahki – 2 parts
XF 3 yellow – 1 part

Green

- XF-81

Sky Type S

- XF-21

Hope that helps.

Regards

Sean

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I've started to use the Gunze dark earth H72, tried several types and this is my choice for future and present builds

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Why not just use a tin of Extra colour Dark Earth Dark Green & Sky ?

Just to prove the point heres my Spitfire painted with said paints , perfect results every time

DSC00048.jpg

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Thanks for all the replies.

I was hoping to use a spraycan as I've really liied the finish with them.

The Tamiya dark does look too dark for BM597 but if its all I can get then it'll have to do.

Im already going to have to brush paint the underside sky.

Mark.

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Just got the Spit delivered...

THIS KIT IS @&**$^ ROUGH....

I dont think I have ever seen so much excess plastic on each part.

Doing in BM597 scheme is slowly descending into the too difficult bracket. I can't find suitable 1/24 serials, I've spent hours online looking at lots of different RAF decal sets but can't find any that are 'just right', TECHMOD seem to be the best bet so far.

I still think that TAMIYA AS15 (tan) is much closer to the 'Dark earth' on this particular aircraft and as I'm wanting to use spraycans as much as possible I dont think I could do that particular scheme justice, (I was thinking about using a black undercoat to darken it slightly).

Since Ive already got Spifires in 1/72 1/48 and 1/32 in the grey/green scheme I was really hoping to do something different with this.

If anyone has suggestions or could point me in the direction of 1/24 numbers I'd be grateful.

Anyway... I'm off to buy lots more sandpaper and files as it looks like I've got my work cut out on this one.

Mark.

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I still think that TAMIYA AS15 (tan) is much closer to the 'Dark earth' on this particular aircraft and as I'm wanting to use spraycans as much as possible I dont think I could do that particular scheme justice, (I was thinking about using a black undercoat to darken it slightly).

Mark.

Well it's your model but AS15 is actually closer to Light Earth and even Middle Stone than Dark Earth which is at 18+ where < 2.0 = a close match . . .

Nick

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Having seen the restored a/c at Duxford in the flesh a couple of years back, it looked as if the colours were a pretty good match to Temperate Land Scheme However, I have noticed that some of photos on the web, the 'brown' does look quite light. You could contact the owners, Historic Aircraft Collection, who are based at Duxford There is a contact page for their website at http://www.historicaircraftcollection.ltd.uk/contact/

From what I have found out, the specialist paints suppliers match their colours to the different colour standards and so it would not be that difficult for the restorers to ask for the colours of Temperate Land scheme and the Sky undersurfaces.

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Thanks for the replies. Im still unsure about what to do with it.

The following links show the aircraft in sunlight and the dark earth just looks too light.

http://plane-crazy.k-hosting.co.uk/Aircraft/WW2-Planes/Spitfire/Examples/spitfire_mk_5b.htm

http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=8968

Has anyone actually used AS15 on a model and got a picture so u can see what it looks like in the flesh?

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