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Editorial: Time for more updates

Cybermodeler Online Editorial

As you'll recall, last spring we did away with Google Ads and Cybermodeler Online is much cleaner and easy to read. Last week, I was exchanging emails with someone in the UK who had been using our color-matching system for a full-scale Luftwaffe paint scheme a few years ago. He was back looking for other colors and was wondering where our color-matching references had gone. As you may recall, we switched over from our color-matching tables to a system using the data published by the hobby paint manufacturers. This allowed the tables to be expanded with paints from newer manufacturers as well as retiring references from less popular brands. After some interesting exchanges with the chap from the UK, I started a new effort to offer both systems for our color-enthusiasts. The current references under our Hobby Paint Tables section will remain the same using information from the paint manufacturers. The charts under our Color Standards and Equivalents section will show each color from its respective color standard, and now add the best hobby paint color(s) that digitally match that color, regardless of what color name is printed on its bottle. So far, a few hobby paints do match their intended color, but in other cases, some interesting matches happen. When we last updated the color chip database, we had asked some of the paint manufacturers why some of their paints didn't match their stated colors, for example RLM colors from WWII. Some have intentionally (or otherwise) added scale effects to their paints which make them lighter while others were vague on which color version of the RLM standard they'd used. Whatever the case, we'll respect their intents in our Hobby Paint Tables, but we'll give a more critical look at them in the Color Standards section. While this section is a work in progress, we'll initially show only those paints which match a given color though these will be expanded to show near-matches going forward.

Stay tuned as we get back to our projects and a feature on modifying the HobbyZone AJ01 for more flexibility.

Respectfully,
Michael Benolkin
Owner/Publisher, Cybermodeler Online