You're right. That *was* interesting. Thank you for the link.
I've just mixed up a batch of this colour. By coincidence, I did exactly
what they mentioned in that article. I mixed red with a yellow zinc chromate
colour - in this case Humbrol acrylics 81 and 174.
An interesting true story- I worked at McDonnell Douglas in St. Louis
for 17 years. At one time I was building a homebuilt aircraft and
belonged to local chapter of EAA. One of the members who either worked
in receiving inspection, or had a friend who did, found that Mac
receiving had rejected a shipment of spray cans of zinc chromate primer
because it was off-color. The shipment- at least a dozen boxes each
containing two dozen cans, ended up at a local salvage store. We all
hurried over to the store and bought a number of cans each. Mac had a
spec on the color, and bounced it even though it would still protect fine.
Sounds like something that happened in my past.
When I was in the Marine Corps, one of my sargeants bought a one-ton
Dodge truck on military surplus ($200.00!). When he took it back to
the Philadelphia Navy Yard to get a tag to allow him to take it to the
barracks, the head of Yard Security raised holy hell about him driving
an Army vehicle (it was still in OD with white stars on the doors and
hood). So, he went to Vic Potemkin (right across the street from our
duty station at the Quartermaster headquarters) and asked about a
paint job. The head of the repainting shop (himself a former Marine)
mentioned that they had a shipment of Corvette yellow that had been
improperly mixed and was several shades too light (hence it had been
rejected) that the sarge could have for a dollar a gallon. So the
sarge got his truck repainted for about $150.00. I was riding in the
back when he drove it back to the base about a week or so later. The
look on that guard's face - priceless!
i bought a flightline van at the nuclear test site. they had a gsa sale.
all i had to do was paint over the white lettering. they gave me a brush and a
can of af blue to make sure it was done before i left the site.
still have it. it's the best camper, moving van and bike hauler ever.
it cost me $151.