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PostPosted: Wed 21 Dec 2016 13:55 pm 
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Good afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thanks to some help from Nick Millman, we shall shortly be releasing our newest colour ACRN36 - US Equivalent Sky. This colour is intended for use on the undersides of various aircraft manufactured in the USA for Great Britain during the second world war. When Britain was ordering US built aircraft as a paying customer, the Ministry of Aircraft Production colours we are all familiar with were provided for US companies to match. Sky Type S was one such colour for which the US matches weren't especially close.

Du Pont 71-021 and Spec 3-1 No.323 Sky Gray were two of the common variants. Nick has provided me with information about 71-021 and we have developed ACNR36 accordingly. FS35622 is sometimes quoted as being nearest to Spec 3-1 No.323 but it's a bit too bright. Many modellers have simply used neutral light greys under their US built aircraft models, such as P40s etc.



ACNR01 - MAP Sky Type S Image

ACRN36 - US Equivalent Sky (Grey) Image

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PostPosted: Sun 08 Jan 2017 13:10 pm 
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It's taken a while, but our US Equivalent Sky is now ready and on sale.

I have sprayed out a few swatches of ACRN36 against MAP Sky Type S, Sky Blue BS101 and Sky Grey, which people like to talk around when trying to describe or visualise Spec 3-1 No.323 or Du Pont 71-021 equilvants to MAP Sky Type S. Whilst one should never trust a photograph, I hope the following gives some assurance that US equivalent Sky was not very much like any of the British colours, and certainly wasn't light grey as many seem to paint models :

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Also, by way of proving that we haven't just taken the lazy route and made the nearest FS595 colour and fobbed the customer off by saying it's exactly what they need for their model, here's ACRN36 beside the oft-quoted FS35622:

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Jan 2017 13:54 pm 
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Could you do us all a favor and list a better source of information than "Nick Millman?" Is there an original source document or publication or something that we could refer to? It's not that I doubt what you're saying, but I'd just like to know where you got your information.

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