May 2017

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Anybody who is interested in aviation history knows what NASA means–the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States. They are the people who run the U.S. space program, among other things. I’ve been a fan of NASA since that first time I watched a “space shot” on TV. Nobody could top it for …

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Let’s look at the three primary pigments. There are “three” primary pigments because color experts are not of this earth. I don’t know what kind of extremely potent hashish these guys are smoking 24/7, but it must be good stuff. Here are some pigments that I would consider to be “primary.” The oddball in this …

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Mixing colors for painting models of military subjects is a dark art–but not too dark. I’m going to present some introductory information here, in the hope that some enterprising model builders may take this information and build on it. Or something. Let’s start with the basics. The colors of World War II subjects can be …

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Nicholas Millman is an author and blogger who has turned his interest in the science of color and the color of Japanese warplanes in particular into a career. In doing so he has managed to accomplish something that a great many people dream about but only a few actually accomplish. Mr. Millman is a talented …

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Just a short entry today (I’m all tired out from ranting about forum perfidity). It’s hard not to love a kit that’s as nifty as this Spitfire XVI from Eduard. Even though I don’t like PE this kit is interesting to me. I’m not a big fan of Eduard–they’re stealing my “arrogant smarty-pants” IP and …

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Hot dogs. They’re good. Now that I’ve paid off the title, let’s talk about “guerilla marketing” on forums. I’ve ranted a bit about color on model planes–and we all know (I hope) that this isn’t really a big deal. You can paint your model any way you like, etc. But I get a little “ranty” …

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There isn’t one. A great RLM 02 debate. It doesn’t exist. What I’m trying to say here is that it’s “generally accepted” AKA “the common wisdom” AKA “widely known” that a slightly mysterious color called RLM 02 was used by the German Luftwaffe during World War II as both a “primer” and as an exterior …

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