MIX CUSTOM COLORS
MODELING MAGIC TO IMPROVE YOUR STATIC SCORE
BY THE MODEL AIRPLANE NEWS CREW ILLUSTRATION BY FX MODELS PHOTOS BY GERRY YARRISH & DAVID HART
Mixing custom colors for scale airplanes can be a little tricky, and the di;erence between accurate and “pretty close” can be the di;erence between winning and not even placing at a scale contest.
To help maximize your static score, let’s take a closer look into the
“colorful” and often misunderstood art of mixing and matching
After collecting the proper aircraft color and markings information
for your documentation package, the biggest challenge that scale
modelers face is accurately reproducing these scale colors
with the paint we are using. Without the proper paint, our
models won’t match our documentation of the full-size
aircraft. Many modelers are surprised to learn that
there are no catch-all formulas for mixing military
or civilian colors. Sure, you can buy paint identified
as “Cub Yellow” or “Olive Drab,” but more often
than not, premixed paint still won’t match the
shades of yellow or olive that we want. ;e reasons for this are
many, ranging from the amount of pigment used to the color of
the primer that’s under the final coat of paint. ;at is why, if we
want to be accurate in our color application, we have learn to alter
the color, shade, and hue of our paints.
Knowing your primary and secondary colors and how they
relate to one another is the first step in learning how to
match your scale colors.
Here is a classic shot from a warbird
event. ;ree Skyraiders ready to fly,
but which is the correct shade of gray?
It all boils down to matching your color