Underside light blue color of the Spitfire MkII.

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  1. [SC] Arachnicus

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    Can you please help me on identifying the correct Model Master enamel color of light blue for the underside of the Spitfire MkII? I have a color called Raf P.R.U. Blue, but it does not have a specific identification number and it seems to be a bit too dark.
     
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    PRU Blue would not be right for the standard day fighter scheme as it was typically used over the entire surface of Photo Reconnaissance Unit (PRU) aircraft. Assuming you're going with the standard scheme with Dark Earth and Dark Green on top, I'd go with Model Master's "Sky Type S".
     
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    Yes , Crimea River is right. It should be the Sky S-type. However the colour is of greenish tonality. The one of the blue hue was called Duck Egg Blue. Samples below....

    And comparing of Humbrol 23 Duck Egg Blue and Humbrol 90 Sky S-type

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    Testors/Model Master Acryl Paint RAF Sky Type S ANA 610 (Flat) - 4840

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    Testors/Model Master II Enamel Flat RAF Sky "Type S" ANA610 - 2049

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    Testors/Model Master Acrylic Flat Duck Egg Blue FS35622 - 4748

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    Testors/Model Master Enamel Duck Egg Blue FS35622 - 1722

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    #4 Wurger, Jun 26, 2012
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    And the two colours suggested in my references by FS numbers... FS 34504 for Duck Egg Blue and FS34583 for Sky S-type.

    DEB.jpg Sky S.jpg
     
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    Wow! Thanks for your help everyone!
     
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    You'r welcome.
     
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    The closest I could find is Humbrol 65. Would a few drops of white make it the right color?
     
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    Are there any other paints in your LHS?
     
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    Humbrol 65 is much too blue for Sky. Humbrol 90 is probably closest. You need to add something to make it greener.
    Steve
     
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    A light medium or darker tone of green? Or some yellow?
     
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    I agree with Steve. I think you can try to mix a small amount of the H65 and a drop of a yellow one, Then check its tonality. If it is too greenish add some of a white paint. If it is not try to add some of yellow and white if needed.

    Here you are an old picture with both Humbrol 90 and 23 applied on Spitfire undersides. The left is painted with the H90 and the right one with the H23.

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    If you can't get the correct paint, then, using the image of the Humbrol tin of 'Sky' as a guide, lighten the 65 with white until it is a very pale blue, then add a spot of yellow and a spot of green (any green) until you get an approximation to 'Sky'. It's much easier with an actual sample to work from though, and easier still if you can get the correct paint or equivalent to Humbrol numbers. As you presumably haven't built the kit yet, then the painting stage is some way off, so might be worthwhile shopping around and obtaining the correct shade.
     
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    Yep... it is the way you can follow as well. However the H65 is a kind of blue colour that mixed with yellow should give the mixture a green one.
     
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    I mied it and it should loo okay.
     
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    #16 Crimea_River, Jun 26, 2012
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    I'm not getting this, In the first post, you asked for a Model Master enamel colour. Well, MM ,make a good Sky Type S and you need no mixing. Here's a pic of my Mk II with MM undersides.
     

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    Duck egg blue and Sky type S were the same colour; Sky Blue was a different colour. The laid-down colour, from June 1940, was Sky (the "type S" part just denoted Smooth, instead of dead matt.) Hornby have re-formulated Hu90 to match Sky.
     
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    Interesting info guys.
     
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    I am almost done with the spit and it has the light blueish grin color that resembles what some of you have posted. Something tells me by the pic of the spit that has been posted it should be a lot paler.

    Not much I can do about it now.
     
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