Wayne and Robert,
Thank you for your replies, I enjoy when these types of conversations can develop.
Wayne, thanks for adding the link, I don't follow the 1/48th world, something that I am clearly remiss about. That is some VERY interesting information. It does explain why Mike's section seem so truncated. I would be curious to hear some of the rational on the changes that ensued. I'm also curious which two of the illustrations are the egregious ones (the 3-D illustrations?).
Of course itís worth bearing in mind that the purpose of the company is to sell paint rather than publish the best research so maybe we should not be too surprised when something like this happens. It is obviously fine to be in the business of selling paint or indeed anything else that is legal but it is perhaps wise to consider such motivations when assessing the work of such companies when it is other than in the actual field of paint manufacturing.
I understand what you are saying but I would disagree with your general premise (only in the spirit of discussion!). In fact it was the one thing what I found most odd about the book. It never, and I mean NEVER, tried to sell any of the new (or the old for that matter) Real Color line throughout the entire book. Other than Mike, I don't recall any of the other writers mentioning models or modelling at all. The book never references the new line at all, not even on the separate card of color chips. I know if it where my paint line I would have always added in the reference numbers for my new line, seems to only make sense.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday Season and a Merry Christmas!!
P.S. Wayne, I hope this isn't the final word, what would be the fun in that? Don't know any historical question that has ever reached any final answer