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m8greyhound
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain / Espaņa
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 11:26 AM UTC
Hi everyone, i am a newbie to this side of modelling since i am more of a 1/35 creature, but my kids keep telling me to model some planes and i agreed. I bought a 1/48 hellcat and would like to know which paints would you use for a three-toned dash 3. Thanks in advance.
PanzerMike
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 08:59 PM UTC
Hey there buddy - i also dabble in 1/35 as well as 1/48 aircraft.I use Gunze Sangyo paints for my three tone birds ( Corsairs and Hellcats) You will need the following - H56 Intermediate Blue , H54 Navy Blue and also Flat white.I mix a bit of Tamiya Deck Tan with the white for a bit of shading otherwise its too white for my tastes.You could also use Tamiya paints - just the same , Navy Blue , Intermediate Blue and Flat white for a dash 3 bird.
Emeritus
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Uusimaa, Finland
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Posted: Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 10:13 PM UTC
IPMS Stockholm's paintcharts has great info ->
Here's the FS code numbers of paints used on the three-tone camo:
ANA 606 Semi-Gloss Sea Blue FS:25042 - Top wing surfaces
ANA 607 Non-Specular Sea Blue FS:35042 (35045) - Top fuselage surfaces
ANA 608 Intermediate Blue FS:35164 - Fuselage sides
(I doubt white needs further explanation... )

Note how the difference between ANA 606 and 607 is just in the level of sheen (indicated by the first digit of FS codes. 1=gloss, 2=semigloss, 3=flat), the color itself is identical.

Most modeling paint manufacturers have those paints in their range (most of the time with the right name and even with the FS number. Here's a couple of more.
Lifecolor: UA044 Non Specular Sea Blue , UA045 Non Specular Intermediate Blue
Xtracrylics: XA1121 gloss sea blue, XA1125 intermediate blue
Vallejo model color: 898 dark sea blue, 903 intermediate blue

MikeMx
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England - North East, United Kingdom
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 03:43 AM UTC
If you prefer enamel paints check out white ensign models. I use their enamels on my ship kits, (they also do aircraft colours) as they are exactly matched to original paint chips.

thanks
Mike
MikeMx
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 03:45 AM UTC
Ps
I've just done a Italeri FAA Hellcat MkI in 1/72 and I'm working on a F6F3N Hellcat using the Italeri kit with the cannons and radar pod off the Hasegawa kit.

thanks
Mike
PanzerMike
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Posted: Saturday, August 22, 2009 - 01:59 PM UTC
Post up some pics of your builds , i would be interested in seeing the Mk1


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Ps
I've just done a Italeri FAA Hellcat MkI in 1/72 and I'm working on a F6F3N Hellcat using the Italeri kit with the cannons and radar pod off the Hasegawa kit.

thanks
Mike

MikeMx
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 05:08 AM UTC
I'm gonna get my mate with his digital SLR to do some pics soon. My camera is useless for close up pics. I could even do a little FAA display with the Hellcat, Wildcat, Sea Hurricane, Fulmar and Sea Fury. I'm waiting on an FAA Corsair that i got on ebay and for Xtrakit to do their Seafire and my collection will be even better!
thanks
Mike
PanzerMike
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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 10:18 AM UTC
Awesome looking foward to seeing your FAA machines Have you considered building a Martlet/Wildcat? Hasegawa do make one and it was a very important early war FAA aircraft.
MikeMx
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Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 10:19 PM UTC
Yes, I mentioned it! Lol! My mate's girlfriend will be having a baby any day now, so I'm not sure when I can get some pics but I'll get them done asap!

thanks
Mike