Re: Real OD

So I'm down at the tank barn painting grousers for our M5A1s Tuesday
> night. As I'm painting, I'm thinking, man this paint looks really
> good, best OD I've ever seen. I look at the can and realize it says
> 1944 Olive Drab US. Now I'm thinking... Hmmmm...
> It looks a little thick, but if I can thin it enough to shoot through > the airbrush...
> So the boss man said to bring some containers and I can cop a pint or
> 2 and the acrylic reducer for it, too. I'd like to have a rivet
> counter complain anout the shade now. Well gee we paint our 1:1 scale
> tanks with this and we keep getting noticed for how authentic they > look. Doh!
Sadly, someone will come along and claim that you should be adding a little
pale grey to produce a "scale colour" effect. And the second you do that,
someone else will claim "oh, it's a little too light"!
Best to ignore them all. You won't please everyone so you might as well just
please the only person who matters. You!
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Enzo Matrix
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I only use "scale effect" for model ships. Scale effect is due to the contrast-reduction effects of atmospheric haze at long distances. Viewing a 1:600 scale ship at ordinary viewing distances does represent viewing the ship from a quarter mile or so away, and the atmosphere can desaturate colors at that distance. The scale distance you view even a 1:72 scale airplane, or a model car at, would only create this effect on a VERY foggy day.
Now, there is another effect which reduces paint saturation- chalking due to sunlight on older paints. It is legit to duplicate this as part of weathering. But it is NOT scale effect.
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Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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