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      Post #67233, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I just got some old Midway Airlines decals for the 737. What is the closest paint match for the red seen below?




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      Post #67236, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Your best bet is to try to find a paint that matches the Midway titles on the decal sheet.

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      Post #67237, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Yep. Match the decal, otherwise your model will look odd. And do NOT trust photos you find online. As the ones you posted show, that's a recipe for disaster.

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      Post #67238, posted on 05-09-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      GM guards red

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      Post #67241, posted on 05-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Guards Red is a Porsche color, not GM

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      Post #67243, posted on 05-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      If you have access to a graphics program like Corel Photopaint or Adobe Photoshop, or even some lower end ones try this:
      1. Scan the decal into the graphics program.
      2. Using the paint picke, eyedropper, or whatever your program uses, sample the red decal color.
      3. Analyze the color for CYMK, RGB, or whatever color values your're using.
      4. Go online and search for model paints close to those values, matching them up to "close enough" FS numbers.

      This is how I"m handling my BOAC 707 project. It's been on hold for several months while I work on a good match for BOAC blue. Do a search for paint converters, RGB matching, etc.


      Some sites that might prove useful:

      http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/colorcharts/stuff_eng_colorcharts_fs.htm
      http://www.federalstandardcolor.com/
      http://www.fed-std-595.com/FS-595-Paint-Spec.html
      http://www.shapeshift.bg/paintconversionlinks.html

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      Post #67245, posted on 05-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Or take the decal with you to the hobby shop and find a paint that's close...

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      Post #67248, posted on 05-10-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Or mix 2 or more paints until it's close if you can't find an exact match off the shelf.

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      Post #67252, posted on 05-11-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Whenever I buy a new color of paint, I open the bottle and stir it thoroughly with a craft pick (available at Hobby Lobby); this is an over sized tooth pick with somewhat of a paddle head. I stick the craft pick is some styrofoam until completely dry, then write the name of the paint on the narrow end of the stick. I have a few small plastic bags with these color sticks of various brands, and when trying to match paint to a decal, simply pull out the color sticks I believe are close and lay them on the decal sheet to find the best match.

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      Post #67254, posted on 05-11-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Thanks for all the suggestions. I just thought someone may have already done this and they could have said what color they used. I'll be taking the decal sheet (when it arrives) with me to the hobby shop.

      This debate reminded me of the discussions over the proper matching of NASCAR colors ("electric current red" being the most contentious of colors).

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      Post #67257, posted on 05-11-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Didn't mean to sound flippant with my comment above. But the one area I really pick nits
      on is paint colour. Unless you have an actual paint chip that can be read by a
      spectrophotometer and then translated into a formula with the actual range of paints
      you'll be using, it's pretty much by gosh and by golly. If you have a decal sheet with
      the actual colour on it (not all sheets have this), at least you have a decent starting
      point. Working with photos can be REALLY misleading as there a so many variables to
      contend with. I'm still trying to hit the Vietnam blue.........

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      Post #67258, posted on 05-11-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      GM guards red



      Do you mean Model Master Guard Red, 2718? If so, it is is (IMHO) a highly versatile 'all purpose' intermediate shade of 'true' red... when you are not looking for a 'warm' shade of red with a hint of orange (MM Italian Red, 2719, for that) or a slightly deeper shade of 'straight up' red (as Testors Red, 1103). MM Guard Red is sure to be a virtual spot-on match for a large cross-section of photo references portraying Midway 737s (and DC-9s)...which I know "we can't trust"... but what else do we have short of the esoteric?

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      Post #67281, posted on 05-17-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      UPDATE - Well, the decals arrived and the instruction sheet actually says to base your selection of color on photographs. Took a bit of the decal with me to the store and finally decided that Testors Gloss Dark Red is the closest match to the "red" on the sheet. We'll see how it goes.

      Thanks everyone . . . .

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      Post #67287, posted on 05-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Flash,

      Please do the stick test I described a few days ago before you commit to the dark red; Stir the paint thoroughly with a toothpick, white plastic coffee stirrer, the handle of a white plastic fork or spoon, etc. Let it dry completely, then compare it to the decal.

      I just bought a bottle of the dark red last week for a project I'm working on, and the paint definitely dries darker that it looks through the bottom of the bottle. I'd be surprised it it actually matches the red Midway titles on the decal. If you'd like, PM me your email address, and I'll take a photo of the dark red compared to a few other Testors reds for you to see.

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      Post #67288, posted on 05-18-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I did the stick test and dabbed the paint on a portion of the decal that had the red (the "Flight Designs" logo/text). That was the basis for my choice. I took that advice.

      Thanks,

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      Post #67291, posted on 05-19-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Great, again I'm surprised, but glad you got a match.

      Gene
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