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Hi guys,

This is my current progress in mixing modern IDF colour with Revell mixes. Based on AK RC094, which is on itself developed with Michael Mass.
+/- 2 x 87 (RAL7006) + 1 x 86 (RAL7008).
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On a Facebook IDF forum someone was trying to claim yesterday that Sinai Grey is in fact the same as German WW2 Dunkelgelb.  And in the real world.........

 

Question.  Why not just use the AK colour instead of trying to copy it?

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9 hours ago, Das Abteilung said:

On a Facebook IDF forum someone was trying to claim yesterday that Sinai Grey is in fact the same as German WW2 Dunkelgelb.  And in the real world.........

 

Question.  Why not just use the AK colour instead of trying to copy it?

I know that guy. It was me. Was talking about 70ties colour. Wasnt claiming it is the same, but the same shades. That it is close, especially to late ww2 dunkelgelb. The same way it changes colour with different light. There was no one and only dunkelgelb either, so it can never be the same exactly. Have you seen the pictures?

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The way colours shift with light angle etc..... is the most important factor in choosing mixes. Not one match.

If you look at pictures at Latrun the vehicles have the same behaviour with yellowish sand in sunlight to greengrey in shade and slightly pinkish in between.

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My conclusion is that a well choosen dunkelgelb variant might work as base coat for IDF vehicles.

Last but not least: I copy colours because model paints are useless in real restoration and quite so in paint references. 

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Well that's certainly interesting thinking.  I'm not sure I want to be bothered about scale weather conditions in choosing my model colour.  But at least I can always say it's being seen in the wrong weather if anyone challenges it........☁️🌥️🌤️

 

 

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FYI this is the Tiran 4 at Bovington.  It is indoors under flourescent lighting with no natural light, although the doors at the front of the shed might have been open that day: I don't recall.  It came to the UK in 1972 IIRC and AFAIK has not been touched paint-wise.  Syrian 3-colour camo and Russian factory green are evident under the Sinai Grey.  BTW both pictures were taken at the same time with the same camera, noting the colour shift. The lower one was taken to the left of the upper one, showing the worn paint on that side of the turret between the 2 lower brackets.

 

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I think you've helped to persuade me to clear out of the remaining unstarted IDF kits in my stash as it seems to be turning into another genre with constant arguments about the subtlety of colour.  I was looking for clear-out candidates anyway but when we're starting to conflate Sinai Grey (but which one?) with Dunkelgelb, itself an already hotly-debated colour, and worry about scale weather conditions then it seems like time to call it a day.  But I do have several as-yet-unpainted Sherman conversions to worry about.

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Most colours are hotly debated. And no doubt some commercial interests are partially behind it as well.
Creme de la creme must be RLM 83 which is not even settled yet as a blue or green. Did it even exit? 😄
It reminds me of a recent post about tamiya base colours. Olive Drab, dark (panzer) grey and dark yellow were suggested as a "base".
I mean, those are the summary of most debated colours of all times. All while it is a good base trio.

Frankly, OD and dark grey are a non discussion imho. They are documented, there is proof, there are colour cards. This does not mean there was no variation, yet less than is "wanted".
Dark yellow - alas - is just as much documented .... to have had official variations... This means this simply adds to the modellers' freedom. Although a very greyish dy on a Kursk model won't be really a great choice... You know what I mean.


Fact is in modelling the rules are not stringent. In restoration it is less agreeable. slightly shifts in colour choice (if done like in modelling) makes a huge difference in real life. And then you start seeing just as much variation in OD on conventions or festivities as there are and were in DY. Before you know it the complete doctrine of "German attrition and medieval late war mobster rule" when talking about paint simply infects the complete scene. You simple NEED red primer or unpainted parts somewhere or you are not with the incrowd. It is utter rubbish. I am sad about this. Especially if thinking of allied practice becomes the same.
And restorations simply can't blame wear or battlefield dust if most tanks are simply not shown that way. The variation in wheels and spare parts from other vehicles was just as much if not more present but somehow this fits less in the minds. Paint was a disaster wasn't it and therefor we don't need the effort. And now a pint. It is an exaggeration but a good one 😄.

Summary: no one should let colour debate interfere with modelling activities. Technical discussions did not stop the scene either.
On the contrary: My interests lie completely in reducing the base definitions of those debateable colours. Modellers do the interpretations, dioramas and scenes. Suppliers should not.
You see, I am infected with the colour disease but it goes hand in hand with a struggle against those that used colour to differentiate more instead of giving answers.

Tiran pictures: GRRRREAT! The comparison of the Syrian yellow beneath the Sinai Grey is the stuff I aim at.

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