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Hey fellow modelers:
I was wondering if you all would know what shade of grey the new American Airlines should be? I am ready to paint my A-350 fuselage and wings and purchased the Nazca decals. Is it a metallic grey or a light grey like Boeing 707 grey? Nazca doesn’t have painting directions.
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.Michael McMurtreyPosts: 758
Don’t know, but maybe this will help:
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.JenningsPosts: 4,617
Yeah, the real thing isn’t grey, it’s a mica metallic silver-grey.
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.waltmertinsPosts: 966mark mPosts: 476
Its been a while, but I think that I used Mica Silver as a base coat and then lightly sprayed white over it. It is difficult to get an even coat of white but it grays out the silver. A transparent white would probably work better.
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.NX28388Posts: 737
Another thought would be to steal some of the techniques used on models of the F-22, which has a metallic tinge to its gray camouflage. I’ve seen some techniques (all via airbrush) that had a little silver mixed in with the paint coat; others have the builder dust the painted model with thinned silver paint, gradually building layers until the desired effect is achieved. I seem to recall the latter is what I did on a Revell F-22 somebody gave me a couple years ago.
Another thought might be to dilute an amount of acrylic metallic paint in some Future and gradually airbrush it on until you got the effect you want. This would both lay down the gloss coat for decals and add the hint of metallic finish. Then after decals and other finish work, you can apply a less-shiny clearcoat.
"In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake." - Sayre's LawHighlanderPosts: 18
It appears that the mica finish has now been discontinued By American Airlines in favour of plain grey paint. A relief to modellers who want a simpler life.
American Airlines Retires 22 Boeing 737s And Changes Its Paint (simpleflying.com)
Has anyone used any of the Tamiya grey spray paints for American Airlines (possibly with a gloss coating on top)? They have a good range of grey paints in different shades mainly for military subjects. Failing all else there is Revell 34371 Hellgrau which is quite good for BA Landor liveries.
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.tomcat72Posts: 122Location: Glasgow, UK
I have the Draw Decal AA 747-100 set which specifies Boeing Grey (FS16515) and, based on other comments, it sounds like a reasonable match.
I haven’t used the Tamiya greys yet but have used MRP’s “Boeing Grey 707” (MRP-363) for other models and it sprayed beautifully. It describes itself as an “acrylic lacquer” paint but is very thin and ready to airbrush.
As a non-expert, when it comes to greys, near enough is good enough for me given the effects of different light conditions, weathering etc which have been well covered in other threads!
Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone …gjakePosts: 497
I’ve had good outcomes in the past using mixtures of Testors enamels. I’ve used 6,7,or 8 parts gloss white to 1 part of the 1138 gray (small bottle).
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.BigJetTechPosts: 7
No more metallic mica gray.AA planes are now painted in plane old gray.Just study a few different pictures and im sure you can come pretty close.
Edit your Profile to get a forum signature.gjakePosts: 497
The Eastern A300 is 6parts white to 1 part gray. The AA 767 is 8 parts white to 1 part gray.
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