Over on j-aircraft.com James F. Lansdale has posted an interesting analysis of the paint colours found on a piece of wingtip from Aichi D3A1 'Val' s/n 3304 now preserved at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) museum. The fascinating story of this particular aircraft may also be found here including a contemporaneous painting of the crash site.
The colour values cited by Jim may be viewed in comparison to previous Aichi D3A1 colour values explored on the blog here. In addition I have rendered and added samples to that prescient box art from the Bandai Aichi D3A1 kit as discussed in the first part of this series.
Sample 1 is a rendering of the Munsell values matched to the top surface of the piece when examined in direct sunlight by a museum volunteer.
Sample 2 is a rendering of the Munsell values matched to the bottom surface of the piece when examined in direct sunlight by a museum volunteer.
Sample 3 is a rendering of the Munsell value measured from another piece of the same aircraft by Bob Alford.
Sample 4 is rendered from a digital measurement taken from a photograph and rendered colour sample of the piece, observed under museum lighting, by Michael Claringbould. Michael described the artifact as battleship grey and commented that it was "certainly not an olive grey".
Sample 5 is a rendering of the FS 595b value (FS 24424) matched to the piece as observed under museum lighting by a member of the museum staff. This person commented that it was difficult to get an exact match and that the colour "should have a touch more grey in it".
Bear in mind that the colour as observed in direct sunlight may tend to look slightly more yellow and the colour as observed under the museum lighting may look colder and more blueish. An immediate impression when comparing the first three samples against the box art is that they are darker. But try to look beyond the lightness/darkness at their actual hue. The measured values will look different viewed as they would be reflected on a full size aircraft in daylight. The closest FS 595b value to the first three samples is our old friend 34201.
Notice also how the colour of the 'Val' depicted in the box art compares to the rendered colour samples adjacent to it - then view the original image without the samples added. I have not altered the colour of the 'Val' in any way.
The next instalment of this ramble will get to grips with the Kariki 117 colours and explore them in the context of the measured and observed values. As we do this please keep in mind those descriptions "grey rat colour" and "ash grey slightly towards candy colour"
Image credits: Rendered colour samples © 2009 Straggler; Box art © Bandai