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World War II Color Guide

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Tamiya mixes

United States

Color

Gunze

Humbrol

Polly Scale

Tamiya

Testor

Testor Acryl

Xtracolor

Navy light gray  602

H51

129

505090

 

1730

4763

X137

Neutral sea gray  603

H53

 

505086

XF53

1725

 

X133

Insignia blue  605

H326

 

1719

4742

X122

Non-spec sea blue  607

H54

 

505092

XF17

1718

 

X121

Intermediate blue  608

H56

144

505094

XF18

1720

4744

X125

Azure blue  609

 

505262

 

2048

 

X26

Sky  610

H74

23

505254

XF21

2049

4840

X7

Interior green  611

H58

 

505096

XF4

1715

4852

X117

Yellow zinc chromate

 

 

1184

4851

Medium green  612

H303

117

505082

 

1713

 

X114

Olive drab  613

H52

155

505080

XF62

1711

4842

X112

Faded olive drab

 

505218

 

2051

 

X113

Orange yellow  614

H329

154

505220

XF3

1708

4721

X106

Middlestone  615

H71

84

505260

 

2052

 

X9

Sand  616

 

505084

 

2053

 

X105

Dark earth  617

H72

29

505252

XF64

2054

4846

X2

Bright red  619

H327

153

505020

 

1705

 

X103

Dark gull gray  621

H317

140

505378

 

1740

4755

X131

Glossy sea blue  623

H55

 

 

 

1717

4686

X121

Navy blue gray

H42

 

505088

 

2055

4847

X162

United Kingdom

Color

Gunze

Humbrol

Polly Scale

Tamiya

Testor

Testor Acryl

Xtracolor

Sky type S

H74

23

505254

XF21

2049

4840

X7

Extra dark sea grey

H333

27

505264

 

1723

 

X5

Dark slate grey

102

505266

2056

 

XX25

Ocean grey

 

106

505256

 

2057

 

X6

Medium sea grey

H335

165

505258

XF20

2058

 

X3

Dark sea grey

H75

164

2059

 

X4

Light slate grey

 

31

 

 

1793

 

X118

Dark green

H73

30

505250

XF61

2060

4849

X1

Dark earth

H72

29

505252

XF64

2054

4846

X2

Middlestone

H71

84

505260

 

2052

 

X9

Azure blue

 

 

505262

 

2048

 

X26

PRU blue

505268

 

2061

 

X8

Interior grey-green

 

 

505270

 

2062

4850

X10

Trainer yellow

 

24

 

 

2063

 

X11

German Luftwaffe  (with a rough English translation in italic)

Color

Gunze

Humbrol

Polly Scale

Tamiya

Testor

Testor Acryl

Xtracolor

Grau 02 RLM gray

H70

92

505075

XF22

2071

4770

X201

Gelb 04 yellow

 

 

505075

 

2072

4771

X213

Rot 23 red

 

505020

 

2073

4772

X217

Dunkelblau 24 dark blue

 

 

505023

 

2074

4773

X218

Hellgrün 25 light green

 

 

505026

 

 

4774

 

Dunkelbraun 61 - dark brown

 

505300

 

2075

4775

X219

Grün 62 green

 

 

505302

 

2076

4776

X220

Lichtgrau 63 light gray

 

 

505304

 

2077

4777

X221

Lichtblau 64 light blue

 

505306

 

 

 

Hellblau 65 light blue

H67

65

505051

 

2078

4778

X202

Schwarzgrau 66 black/gray

 

 

505014

 

2079

4779

X203

Dark olive green 67

 

505308

 

 

 

Light olive green 68

 

 

505310

 

 

 

 

Light tan 69

 

 

505312

 

 

 

 

Schwarzgrün 70 black/green

H65

91

505055

XF27

2080

4780

X204

Dunkelgrün 71 dark green

H64

30

505056

 

2081

4781

X205

Grün 72 green

 

 

505314

 

2082

4782

X222

Grün 73  green

 

505316

 

2083

4783

X223

Graugrün 74 gray/green

H68

27

505059

 

2084

4784

X203

Grauviolett 75 gray/violet

H69

 

505060

 

2085

4785

X207

Lichtblau 76 light blue

 

505061

 

2086

4786

X208

Hellgrau 77 light gray

 

 

 

 

 

4787

 

Hellblau 78 light blue

 

 

505318

 

2087

4788

X214

Sandgelb 79 sand/gray

H66

62

505320

 

2088

4789

X209

Grün 80 green

 

 

505322

 

2089

4790

X215

Braunviollett 81 brown/violet

 

 

505070

 

2090

4791

X210

Dunkelgrün 82 dark green

 

505071

 

2091

4792

X211

Lichtgrün 83 light gray

 

 

505072

 

2092

4793

X212

Graublau 84 gray/blue

 

 

505324

 

 

4794

 

German Armor

Color

Gunze

Humbrol

Polly Scale

Tamiya

Testor

Testor Acryl

Xtracolor

Panzer dark gray

 

 

505110

XF63

2094

4795

X800

Panzer dark yellow

H79

 

505111

XF60

2095

4796

X808

Panzer red brown

H47

505112

XF64

2096

4797

X807

Panzer olive green

 

 

505113

XF58

2097

4798

X806

Panzer interior buff

 

 

 

XF57

2104

4805

X818

Afrika Khakibraun `41

 

 

2098

 

X804

Afrika Grünbraun `41

 

 

 

 

2099

 

X803

Signalbraun

 

 

 

 

2100

 

X801

Anthracitgrau

 

 

2101

 

X802

Afrika Braun `42

 

 

 

 

2102

 

X808

Afrika Dunkelgrau `42

 

 

 

 

2103

 

X809

Japan

Color

Gunze

Humbrol

Polly Scale

Tamiya

Testor

Testor Acryl

Xtracolor

Army green

H60

 

505272

XF13

2114

 

X351

Army light green

H62

 

505274

XF14

2115

 

X352

Navy green

H59

505278

XF11

2116

 

X353

Navy sky gray

H61

 

505280

XF12

2117

 

X354

Deep yellow

 

 

505828

 

2118

 

 

Army brown

505276

 

 

 

Interior metallic blue

H63

 

 

X13

2119

 

X355

Custom Tamiya paint mixes
 By Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
 
 Tamiya are probably one the most commonly available lines of hobby paints in the US as they are usually carried by R/C hobby shops, and we all know Tamiya is a dominant force in the R/C business.
 
 Here is a list of custom mixes to match a wide range of standard colors.
 
 This is what you can find on Tamiya instruction sheets:

Luftwaffe

 
 RLM 02:- XF22:1 + XF49:1 or just XF-22
 RLM 65:- XF23:1 + XF2:1
 RLM 71:- XF62:1 + XF49:1
 RLM 74:- XF24:3 + XF27:2
 RLM 75:- XF24:5 + XF50:1
 RLM 76:- XF2:7 + XF23:1 + XF66:2
 RLM 79:- XF59:3 + XF64:1
 RLM 80:- XF58
 RLM 81:- XF51:1 + XF64:2
 RLM 82:- XF5 or XF5:1 + XF2:1 or XF5:1 +XF3:1 (Bright Green)
 RLM 83:- XF61 or XF24:1 + XF51:1 or XF24:1 +XF51:1 (Dark Green)
 
 
 RAF
 
 INTERIOR GREEN:- XF5:1 + XF21:3 + XF65:1
 DARK GREEN:- XF58:1 + XF62:5
 DARK EARTH:- XF52:1 + XF64:1
 OCEAN GRAY:- XF18:1 + XF21:2 + XF24:2
 MIDSTONE:- XF59:1 + XF60:1
 SKY:- XF21
 MED. SEA GRAY:- XF19:3 + XF54:5
 AZURE BLUE:- X16:2 + XF2:10 + XF18:5
 
 
 USA
 
 NON-SPEC. SEA BLUE:- XF17:5 + XF8:3 + XF2:2
 INTERMEDIATE BLUE:- XF18:5 + XF2:4
 BLUE-GRAY:- XF18:3 + XF2:1
 LIGHT GRAY:- XF19:2 + XF2:1
 USN INTERIOR GREEN:- XF3:2 + XF5:1
 
 
 France
 
 DARK BLUE-GRAY:- XF18:1 + XF53:3
 LIGHT BLUE-GRAY:- XF2:1 +XF25:2
 BROWN:- XF10
 KHAKI:- XF5:1 + XF49:2
 INTERIOR:- XF24
 
 
 THE FOLLOWING ARE MIXES BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF OTHER MODELERS.. SO BE WARNED!
 
 FAA Extra Dark Sea Grey:- To 50 parts of XF24 (dark grey), add 6 parts XF2 (white), and 3 parts XF8 (flat blue).
 FAA Dark Slate Grey:- To one bottle of XF22 (RLM Grey), add 35 drops of XF7 (red), and 125 drops of XF1 (flat black).
 Dark Mediterranian Blue:- X3:10 + XF2:1 + XF19:1
 FAA /RAF Sky Gray:- XF19
 FAA Slate Gray:- XF22
 FAA Dark Sea Gray:- XF54
 ANA 603:- XF54
 ANA 602:- XF19
 
Much of the information contained in this chart was gleaned from the October 2002 issue of the Fine Scale Modeler, as well as a few other sources.

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