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Anybody remember the Japanese Blue Aircraft display? I seem to remember it was hosted by J-Aircraft.com at the Nationals in AZ 2004. Can't seem to find one picture

TIA

 

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OK, found a picture:

 

http://www.ipms-phoenix.org/contest/2004/models/850_b_3rd.jpg

 

Great display, they covered the bue, yellow PH, Purple Rufe and others. Sadly, no further discussion on the 'net. Some local modelers are looking to revive the purple floatplane scheme but WHERE did this originate?

TIA

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Keeper,

 

Into actual printed japanese documentation (last 5-7 years) this colour is cancelled.
It was presented in Kookabura book more than 25 years ago.

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Keeper, the "purple" Rufe is thought to have originated from a misunderstanding of aging effects on the finish of a derelict plane. When the upper coat wore off, a red primer was revealed. Someone took it to be the upper coat, and also mistook it for a maroon or mauve color. It was actually red. At some point, aviation artists showed the interpretation as the finish coat, e.g., Sidney Chivers for Scale Modeler around Volume 4, Number 11 or 12 (which makes it late 1969 or 1970). I still have the remains of my LS model in several shades of maroon!

Edited by TomHall

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