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Windward23 May 2011 11:14 a.m. PST

I'm eyeballing my huge stack of unpainted French lead, and I need a suggestion for colors for my France 40 Frogs.

Jovian1 Inactive Member23 May 2011 3:16 p.m. PST

What scale? I've done a few paint jobs on my 1/144 French aircraft and they didn't turn out too bad.

miscmini Fezian23 May 2011 3:29 p.m. PST

Here's what I've used (VMC=vallejo model color):
1/144 MS.406 picture
bottom: lt gray blue VMC 153
Top: Game Color Goblin Green
Top: Dk Blue Gray VMC 157
Top: Flat earth VMC 143

1/100 D520 same as above picture

1/100 D520 VMC 153 (bottom), top VMC 087, 145, and 157 picture

Amiot 143 (1/300) vmc 145 german camo med brown picture

1/300 D.520 vmc 108 lt sea gray, vmc 157 dark blue gray, Andrea Color AC42 Brown leather, VMC 083 flat green.

1/144 MB.152 vmc 153 pale gray blue, 145 german med brown, 157 dark blue gray, 083 flat green. picture

1/144 Potez vmc 153 pale gray blue, vmc 087 yellow olive, vmc 126 gold brown, 145 german camo me brown. picture

1/144 Breguet vmc 153 pale gray blue, vmc 157 dark blue gray, vmc 143 flat earth picture

The above is about the best I can do from a quick scan through my notes. I believe the pictures are associated with the correct entry. Kevin

Windward23 May 2011 5:00 p.m. PST

I'll be doing mine in 1/600th TDs.

Pajaro Muerto23 May 2011 6:23 p.m. PST

Miscmini, do you also have a picture or your 1/300 D.520? I'd sure love to see your paintjob :)


miscmini Fezian24 May 2011 2:37 p.m. PST

Rolando, sorry, I'm not able to find any pictures of those. I've got some that I haven't painted. Once they are I'll post them. Kevin

gweirda Inactive Member25 May 2011 5:57 p.m. PST

WARNING: Pedantic retired professional model builder opinion (disregard as pompous blather).

"What scale?"
The key question.

"I'll be doing mine in 1/600th"

Keep in mind the range of view. For 1/600, the typical wargame table distance(30 inches?) translates to 500 yards.

The appearance of a color/hue depends greatly on the distance from which it is viewed. Many models look 'wrong' for the simple reason that 1:1 colors were used on a scale figure.

The majority of the adjustments occur in the intensity, but the hue and shade also alter a tad.

Silly, nitpicking things…but they make a world of difference when people (especially those paying for it) look at the final product.

Windward26 May 2011 9:47 a.m. PST

Yeah, I tend to lighten them up a bit, then do a future wash with black ink. Super details are not required. God alone knows how to do the Vichy striping on the tail and nose of those tiny Bleeped texts.

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