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      Post #68311, posted on 09-30-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      Tru-Color has been extensively expanding its range of paint in the wake of Testor's discontinuance of most of its camouflage colors. The following originally appeared on the IPMS-USA forum and is posted here with the permission of Tru-Color, and although it references military aircraft colors, this may be an opportunity to encourage the development of a new line of airliner colors:

      Tru-Color Paint would like to enlist the help of modelers of WWI and Interwar period aircraft for the correct colors we should develop for this era. In particular we need help with accurate colors for French and German WWI Bi-Planes plus the linen colors for British WWI planes. Note that we already have 2 PC-10 Olive Drab colors and a PC-12 color for British aircraft.

      Between the wars, we believe planes' colors were made simpler without the need for camouflage colors. Is this a correct assumption ? Regardless of the answer, what colors were planes in this era painted ?

      Any help modelers can give us would be appreciated. If someone has data we can use for color matching, that would be great. We pride ourselves on making an accurate product and although other manufacturers may have colors in their line that are supposedly correct for this period, there is no guarantee they are right. If we get corroboration by experts in this field that xyz company makes the correct French Dope Yellow, then that is what we will match.

      If anyone is willing to help us, our color lab will make 2-6 samples of colors to send them to see what is the correct match for the target color we are trying to match in their opinion. If we are close it would help to know which sample is best and a suggestion on what to add to "tweak" the color in the right direction. Anyone care to join us in this venture ?

      Martin Cohen, PhD

      Tru-Color Paint

      P.O. Box 74524

      Phoenix, AZ 85087-4524

      714-488-9779

      Tru-Color's web site:http://trucolorpaint.com/

      Michael McMurtrey
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      IPMS-Canada #1426
      Carrollton, Texas

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      Post #68326, posted on 10-01-2017 GMT-5 hours    
      I'd vote for Boeing and Airbus grey paints.

      Gerry

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      Post #68330, posted on 10-02-2017 GMT-5 hours    
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      I'd vote for Boeing and Airbus grey paints.

      Gerry



      You'll need to contact Tru-Color directly. I'm not associated with them except as a conveyor of messages. But I like your suggestions, and I intend to suggest all the Braniff colors!

      Michael McMurtrey
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