Urban’s Colour Reference Charts Part II
by Urban Fredriksson & Martin Waligorski
| From the Editor
|Urban Fredriksson’s Color Reference Charts were first published on the web as early as 1991 – on rec.models.scale newsgroup. The material was then published on the web as part of the newsgroup’s FAQ. In 1998, Urban gave us his kind permission to revise and update the charts. Since then they have been hosted at the IPMS Stockholm’s site. The charts have been excessively updated since, with new contents, more user-friendly format and on-screen colour samples, these charts are an one-of-a-kind, indispensable piece of colour reference for modellers.
This part two of Urban’s Colour Reference Charts deals with model paints and colour conversion between different paint manufacturers.
The previously published Part One focuses on authentic military colours organized by country and time period. It also contains the general information, helpful hints, the description of FS 595 standard and it’s use in modelling. It can be accessed through the link below.
Colour Reference Charts – Part I
For clarity, the helpful information about using the charts has been included in both parts.
This section contains general information about these charts and helpful hints about using them.
Using the charts
General help, notation convention, sources.
A Few Notes About Accuracy
How accurate are these colour references? Is there an absolute reference?
Using Model Paints
Which type of paint should you use?
Model Colours by Paint Manufacturer
colour tables and conversion matches for model paints divided by manufacturer.
An enamel equivalent of Aeromaster’s Warbird Acrylic Colours
The now defunct Aeromaster company produced the Warbird Acrylic Colours line of authentic aircraft colour shades
Airfix model paints are old news, but these numbers can still be found in Airfix kits up to the late 1970s
Gunze Sangyo Acrylics
Gunze Sangyo Aqueous colours are still some of the finest acrylic airbrush paints.
Heller paints have been long-discontinued, but references can still be found in Heller kits from the 1960s-70s
Throughout Europe, Humbrol is still synonymous with ”model paint”.
No longer available, the Humbrol Authentic line was designed to represent authentic historic military colours.
Best known by railroaders, Polly S has a solid range of quality acrylics
Revell Germany painting guides refer invariably to their own brand of model enamels
Tamiya manufactures a very succesful range of fine acrylic model paints
Model Master FS Enamels
Manufactured by Testors, these paints are especially well known in the US.
Marketed by Hannants, Xtracolor enamels are unique with their invariably glossy finish suitable for decals.
Other useful charts
Humbrol Colour System Binder
Humbrol’s own quality blending recipes for the Super Enamel range
The pages below show original colour maps as published by paint manufacturers.
Gunze Sangyo Aqueous
The manufacturers’ colour map for the Gunze Aqueous range
Gunze Sangyo Mr colour
The manufacturers’ colour map for the Mr colour range
Tamiya’s own colour map for the X and XF range
Manufacturers’ colour map complete with colour samples and FS numbers