L. Scott's P-40E "Flying Tiger"; Part Seven
by Rodney Williams
This is my final segment on
my "super detailed" 1/32 scale restored P-40E, using
the old, but good Revell kit.
I know quite a few modelers
who have this so called "color chip" syndrome. I call
you modelers, "Color-Nuts!" They do their best to
select the right color by several different paint manufactures,
including mixing their own colors. To me, you are wasting your
My client has this same syndrome,
which I did not like. However, he is paying the bill, so I follow
his orders. From the photos of the
"Restored P-40E," the aircraft seems like it has a
medium to high gloss paint finish, especially the "Shark
Mouth." As mentioned in Part-6 the mouth had that hand
polished super high gloss finish. However, my client wanted
me to spray a matte finish over it, which I did! He was happy,
so that is what counts when you build a model for a client.
I have enclosed a few photos
taken of the "Restored P-40E," by my client. I don't
recall if they were all taken on the same day. I do
know that they were photographed at the "Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Fly-In" event. However, you will take notice that the color
of the paint, which was applied to the aircraft is "much,
much" different, while being photographed at different
angles. So, I ask again? What color of "Olive Drab"
was painted on it?
As a professional photographer,
with over 40 years of experience in film, tv, and still photography,
I know a great deal about color. Your "sun time,"
as I call it, defines the color. Place a camera on a tripod,
and lock it down. Take a photo of the same subject every hour
on the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You will be surprised
with the color shift when you get your film developed and look
at the prints. Not one photo will have the same color!
Start studying the photos of
the finished model, along with the photos of my "O.D."
were all photographed on the same day, at different times, in
the shade with available light, and in direct sunlight. Now tell
me what color I painted on the model? Look at the color shift
with the "O.D. Color Chip."
Look close at the rudder, elevators,
ailerons, spinner, and inside of the rear side windows. Do you
see what I see? Yes! there are two different colors! Why is
this? I did not change paint, nor add any additional paint.
These parts were painted a few months before I painted the model.
The photos of the finished model were taken just a few days
after it was painted.
When you look at the model with
your eyes, whether it's in the shade, and/or in direct sunlight,
you can not see this color shift. My
conclusion of why this is in the photos: "I think the paint
gives off a different "hue" between the fresh and
cured out paint.
out this story, many who know me, call me: "THE TROPHY HUNTER!"
Yes! Yes! Yes!, I have won a few.
you have enjoyed my model? By looking at what drawings I have
provided, including the photos, you advanced modelers can do it.
Just remember: Cut and Fit, until it fits! Use the Trial and Error
method, and don't forget to turn on your p.c.; and click on "THINK!"
Rodney Williams 2002