Paint comparison chart

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    #1 pbhawkin, Dec 8, 2009
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2009
    Hi all,
    I have compiled a list of various suggested matches and mixes for common WW2 aircraft camouflage colours as well as a comparison chart for RLM paints.

    I have updated the chart with the latest information as of 8 Dec 09.
    please download it from

    I have updated my Excel sheet for Tamiya and Humbrol paint equivalents for (most) RLM,
    French, Italian, RAF/FAA and USA colours.
    It now has 13 references of suggestions for various mixes to achieve (supposedly) a match to
    the actual WW2 colours.
    Remember these are other peoples suggestions as to what they thought was a best match and I
    have only compiled them into this one spot.
    The latest reference is the Testors Model Master, 'Modeler's Technical Guide' book.
    I have added some notes about some of the paint suggestions and mixes in the RLM section as
    to what I have tried against the Merrick colour chips (some are way off!).

    I have also added to my website in the links section a colour chart of RLM paint chips taken
    from Merrick's book (Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1933-1945 Vol.2 2005) along with
    a couple from the Kookaburra book by J. Smith (The Modeller's Luftwaffe Painting Guide
    1979) and equivalents from Testor's Model Master enamels, Humbrol Enamels, Tamiya acrylics and JPS acrylic paints.

    The small notations under some paint matches(2:34, 5:116) is firstly the ratio and secondly
    the paint number (for Tamiya and Humbrol mixes).
    'HCS' refers to a mix as per the Humbrol Colour Systems book.
    JPS paint was included as Mr. Popp, who makes this paint in Germany, worked in conjunction
    with Mr. J. Kiroff, who was the paint technology advisor in Merrick's book, to make the JPS range of paints.

    You will note a couple of alternate colour chips (2005 Merrick versus 1979 Smith) for RLM79
    and 83 and that different manufacturers have made their matches to one colour but not the
    other (IE Model Master to the 1979 Smith Greener RLM83 and JPS to the 2005 Merrick darker RLM83 colour).

    I am missing the JPS RLM79 paint (can anyone point me to a bottle).

    So after finishing the chart it appears that the Model Master and certainly the JPS paints
    are essentially correct straight from the bottle.

    Nouvelle page 1

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