A post over at Hyperscale drew my attention. The poster was asking for Japanese cockpit interior colour references in the form of pictures of painted model cockpits so he could mix his own colours by eyeball. He expressed his dissatisfaction with on-screen colour chips, bemoaned a lack of explanation about the colours in English and complained that he was unable to understand Munsell values. This blog was not referenced, thank goodness, as that would have perplexed me even more, but our good friends over at j-aircraft.com were and there was also a pop at Japanese sites that also share colour data. One would think this poster was having to pay for the information, the way he complained about it.
Well, it did give me pause for thought. Clearly the poster really believes (?) that the way to see and understand Japanese interior colours is by looking at on-screen pictures of painted model cockpits. That would be OK if the colours were right to begin with - which sometimes they are not - and if the screen shots show the colours as they are - which often they don't. I did wonder why the poster, having studied Japanese flying machines most of his modelling days, had not provided this kind of reference himself, but then I realised that as he had waited 30 years to see the kind of interior colour coverage that he wants finally demonstrated by the painted interior of a Tamiya Zero he may not have actually completed any Japanese models yet!
I spend time and effort compiling this blog and its associated documents to assist modellers and others to make informed decisions about Japanese colours. As with j-aircraft the site is free and open to anyone who wishes to use it as a resource. There is very little feedback, except from a few stalwart supporters, but I know from the traffic stats that there are a lot of visitors here. I get a lot of requests for the pdf documents but unfortunately not as many thanks when I send them out! The lack of expressed appreciation is no big deal but to complain about the format of free information, that is another thing entirely.
I was going to provide some pdf updates this week. Thanks to that HS post I'm now re-considering whether to go ahead - and even considering whether it is worth keeping this blog open.