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RocketmanRob
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posted 11-27-2005 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm in the process of putting together Atomic's Mercury capsule model in a Friendship 7 configuration. Does anyone have some experience with matching the paint for the heat shield? Instructions and photos show an earthly/chocolate matte brown with a silver retro pack. Any suggestions on what color to use to match the brown or what color mixtures might be used?

Thanks,

Rob

dtemple
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posted 12-02-2005 07:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dtemple   Click Here to Email dtemple     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Color photos of the MA-10 "Freedom 7 II" (spacecraft 15B) heatshield is what some modelers use as a reference. However, I read that the mottled appearance of this heatshield is likely due to age and in fact the color was originally much darker. Unless someone can suggest better, the only way to approximate the actual color of the Mercury spacecraft heatshield is to use a mix of copper and tan. My source is the book by Mike Mackowski titled "Space In Miniature #5 - Mercury." Also, according to this book the retro pack was flat white - at least on the "Freedom 7 II" spacecraft; the last part of the book details the construction of Collectair's 1/32nd scale Mercury spacecraft in the MA-10 configuration. Color photos of the actual spacecraft can be seen at this website: http://www.ninfinger.org/~sven/models/mercury/ma10.html

RocketmanRob
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posted 12-03-2005 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for RocketmanRob   Click Here to Email RocketmanRob     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
dTemple-

Appreciate the help. Great website reference. I'll need to bookmark that one!

Rob

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