Urban’s Colour Reference Charts, Humbrol vs Tamiya, Xtracolor, Polly S, Revell, Gunze Sangyo, Model Master



by Urban Fredriksson & Martin Waligorski

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Humbrol Enamels

Humbrol is one of the oldest model paint brands in Europe. Humbrol number are traditionally referred to in paint instructions of Matchbox, Airfix, Heller, MPM and other contemporary East European manufacturers.

In late 1990s Humbrol has moved to the much improved Super Enamel range. The Super Enamel paints use the same colour numbers, but have refined formula with very small pigment more suitable for airbrush application. However, with the introduction of Super Enamel some of the old colours losted in this chart have been discontinued.

Humbrol provides a Colour System Binder which contains instructions of how to interblend the paints of the Super Enamel range to obtain the discontinued shades as well as selected authentic colours.

In the chart below, the annotation with colour name in red means that the corresponding paint number had been available in the traditional range of Humbrol enamels, but not in the Super Enamel range.
The column Type indicates if it is available as  acrylic (a) as well. All colours are matt unless noted in the colour name.


This chart has been last revised in June 2018 by Olle Lindau

Colour name Type FS Tamiya Xtracolor Polly S Revell Gunze Sangyo Model Master
001 Primer a
002 Emerald Green Gloss a FS:14110 Rev:61 GS:H26/46 MM:1524
003 Brunswick Green Gloss a FS:14062 T:X-5 GS:H6
005 Dark Admirality Grey Gloss FS:36187 GS:H22
007 Light Buff Gloss FS:33531
009 Tan Gloss a FS:1015 GS:H27
010 Service Brown Gloss a FS:30108 T:X-9 X:807 Rev:81 GS:H7/17/37 MM:1540
011 Silver Metallic a FS:17178 T:XF-16 X:X501 Rev:90 GS:H8 MM:2734
012 Copper Metallic a T:XF-6 GS:H10 MM:1551
014 French Blue Gloss a FS:15052 T:X-4 Rev:52 GS:H15 MM:2715
015 Midnight Blue Gloss a FS:15050 T:X-3 Rev:52? GS:H5/55 MM:1511
016 Gold Metallic a T:X-12 X:X507 Rev:94 GS:H9 MM:1744
018 Orange Gloss a FS:12246 T:X-6 Rev:30 GS:H14 MM:1527
019 Bright Red Gloss a FS:11302 T:X-7 X:X14 Rev:31 GS:H3 MM:1503
020 Crimson Gloss a FS:10076 Rev:32 GS:H43 MM:1501
021 Gloss Black a FS:17038 T:X-1 X:X12 Rev:7 GS:H12/2 MM:1747
022 Gloss White a FS:17875 T:X-2 X:X141 Rev:4 GS:H1/H316 MM:1745
023 Duck Egg Blue FS:34424 X:X7 P:PCE71 GS:74
024 Trainer Yellow a FS:33538 X:X11 Rev:15 MM:1569
025 Blue a FS:35052 T:XF-8 X:X30 Rev:56 GS:H56?
026 Khaki a FS:30277 T:XF-49 Rev:86 GS:H81
027 Sea Grey a FS:36231 T:XF-54 X:X410 P:PCG84 GS:H68/75
028 Camouflage Grey FS:36622 T:XF-55 X:X140 GS:H311? MM:1733
029 Dark Earth a FS:30219 T:XF-52 X:X2 P:PCE76 Rev:87 GS:H72
030 Dark Green a FS:34096 T:XF-61 X:X1 P:PCE75/PCG87? GS:H73/320
031 Slate Grey FS:34159 X:X118
032 Dark grey a FS:36081 X:X129 P:500014 GS:H301
033 Black a FS:37038 T:XF-1 X:X404 P:10 Rev:8 GS:H12/77/343 MM:1583 (1749)
034 White a FS:37875 T:XF-2 X:X405 P:11? Rev:5 GS:H11 MM:1768
035 Clear Gloss a Rev:1 GS:30
036 Pastel Green
037 Bright Green
038 Lime Gloss a T:X-15 Rev:60 GS:H16/50
040 Pale Grey Gloss a FS:16492 Rev:70
041 Ivory Gloss a FS:17880 Rev:10 GS:H21? MM:2013
042 Violet
044 Pastel Blue
046 Orange
047 Sea Blue Gloss a FS35450 Rev:50 GS:H45 MM:1508
048 Mediterranian Blue Gloss T:X-14 X:X146 Rev:51 GS:H25
049 Matt Varnish a Rev:2 GS:H20
050 Green Mist Metallic Rev:97 GS:H89
051 Sunset Red Metallic Rev:96 GS:H87 MM:1502
052 Baltic Blue Metallic a T:X-13 Rev:98 GS:H88 MM:2702
053 Gunmetal Metallic a FS17200 T:X-10 X:X506 GS:H76
054 Brass Metallic Rev:93 MM:1582
055 Bronze Metallic Rev:95
056 Aluminium Metallic a T:XF-56 Rev:99 MM:1781
057 Pink
058 Magenta
060 Scarlet a T:XF-7 X:X217 P:20? Rev:36 (Rev:330) GS:H23
061 Flesh a T:XF-15 X:X406 Rev:35 GS:H44
062 Leather a FS33275 X:X224 RLM 79 Rev:85 GS:H66 MM:1736
063 Sand a FS30257 T:XF-59 MM:1706 (1735)
064 Light grey a FS36469 T:XF-19 P:PCA806? Rev:75
065 Aircraft Blue a T:XF-23 X:X202 RLM 65 P:PCG701 Rev:55 GS:H67
066 Olive Drab a FS:34087 T:XF-62 X:X112 Rev:66 GS:H78
067 Tank Grey a X:X800 Rev:78 GS:H32?
068 Purple Gloss FS17100 T:X-16 Rev:53 GS:H39
069 Yellow Gloss a FS:13591 T:X-8 Rev:12 GS:H4 MM:1514
070 Brick Red a P:21 Rev:37
071 Oak Satin a GS:H85?
072 Khaki Drill FS:34201 X:X809
073 Wine T:XF-9 GS:H13
074 Linen
075 Bronze Green FS:34077 T:XF-11 GS:H36/H59
076 Uniform Green FS:34115
077 Navy Blue GS:H54?
078 Cockpit Green a FS:34226 X:X10 P:PCA801
079 Blue Grey X:X254 Rev:77 (Rev:378)
080 Grass Green
081 Pale yellow T:XF-4
082 Orange Lining
083 Ochre a FS:33531 T:XF-57 X:X805
084 Mid Stone FS:30266 T:XF-60 X:X9 P:PCE73 GS:H71
085 Coal Black Satin a FS:27038 T:X-18 Rev:9 (Rev:302) GS:H12?
086 Light Olive a FS:34102 Rev:45
087 Steel grey a FS:36314 T:XF-25
088 Deck Green Rev:48
089 Middle Blue FS:25526
090 Beige Green a T:XF-21 GS:H31
091 Black Green a FS:34079 T:XF-27 X:X204 RLM 70 P:PCG86 Rev:67 GS:H65?
092 Iron Grey T:XF-22 P:PCG83 Rev:79 GS:H70
093 Desert Yellow a FS:30257 GS:H79/346
094 Brown Yellow a FS:30266 Rev:88 (Rev:16, Rev:314) GS:H27
095 Concrete
096 RAF Blue a FS:35177 T:XF-50
097 EggShell X:X140 P:PCA817 GS:H311
098 Chocolate FS30045 T:XF-10 X:X807
099 Lemon Yellow a FS:13655 T:XF-3
100 Red Brown
101 Mid Green FS:34230 T:XF-5 Rev:364
102 Army Green a FS:34102
103 Cream a FS:33722 GS:H34
104 Matt Oxford Blue a FS:34058 T:XF-17 X:X23 GS:H55
105 Marine Green FS:34097 X:X115 P:PF53 Rev:361 GS:H340 MM:1712
106 Ocean Grey a X:X6 Rev:47 (Rev:57)
107 WW1 Purple Rev:32 (Rev:38, Rev:383) GS:H86?
108 WW1 Green T:XF-51 Rev:46
109 WW1 Blue
110 Natural Wood a FS:36521 GS:H37
111 Uniform Grey GS:H48
112 Tarmac T:XF-24 Rev:71
113 Rust a GS:H344
114 Russian Green
115 Russian Blue
116 US Dark Green FS:34079 T:XF-13 RLM 71 X:X110 P:500814 GS:H309/64 MM:1710
117 US Light Green a FS:34102 X:X116 P:500815 GS:H303 MM:1713
118 US Tan a FS:30219 T:XF-52? X:X102 P:PCA816 Rev:382 GS:H310 MM:1742
119 Israeli Light Earth FS:30219 T:XF-52? X:X102 P:PCI816/874? GS:H310
120 Israeli Light Green FS:34227 X:X148 P:PCI876 GS:H312 MM:1716
121 Israeli Pale Stone FS:33531 X:X105 P:PCI875 GS:H313
122 Israeli Light Blue FS:35622 X:X149 P:PCI877 GS:H314 MM:1722
123 Dark Sea Grey Satin a FS:26118 T:XF-57 GS:H333/335
124 Petrol Blue
125 Satin US Dark Grey Satin FS:26118 X:X130 P:500822 GS:H305 MM:1723
126 Satin US Medium Grey Satin FS:26270 T:XF-20 X:X133 GS:H306 MM:1725
127 US Ghost Grey Satin a FS:26375 X:X136 P:500836 GS:H308 MM:1728
128 US Compass Grey Satin FS:26320 X:X135 P:PCA837 Rev:374 GS:H307/53 MM:1741
129 US Gull Grey Satin FS:26440 X:X137 P:PCA825 GS:H325
130 Satin White a FS:27875 T:XF-2? P:11? Rev:301 GS:H11
131 Satin Green
132 Satin Red FS:20119
133 Satin Brown FS:20076 GS:H33
134 Satin Blue Rev:69
135 Satin varnish a
140 Dk Gull Grey FS:36231 X:X131 P:PCA824/807? GS:H317 MM:1740
141 Light Sea Grey FS:36307 X:X134 MM:1726
142 Field Drab FS:30118 X:X101 P:PCA830 MM:1702
144 Intermediate Blue FS:35164 X:X125 GS:H42/56 MM:1720
145 Medium Grey FS:35237 X:X126 P:PCA817 GS:H337 MM:1721
146 Aircraft Grey FS:16473 X:X138/353 P:PCJ90? GS:H61 MM:1731
147 Light Grey FS:36495 T:XF-14 X:X150 GS:H57/338 MM:1732
148 Radome Tan FS:33613 X:X107 GS:H318 MM:1709
149 Dark Green FS:34092 T:XF-26 X:X114 P:50?/PCG862 GS:H302 MM:1764
150 Forest Green FS:34127 MM:1714
151 Interior Green FS:34151 X:X117 P:PCA821/833 GS:H58 MM:1715
153 Insignia Red FS:31136 P:20? GS:H327 MM:1705
154 Insignia Yellow a FS:33538 X:X106 GS:329 MM:1708
155 Olive Drab a FS:34087 T:XF-62? X:X111 P:52? GS:H52/304 MM:1711
156 Satin Dark Grey a FS:36173 T:XF-53? X:X158 P:PCA823? (new formulation) GS:H82/H69
157 Azure Blue FS:35189
158 Interior Green P:PCA802?/821?/833? GS:H58?
159 Khaki Drab T:XF-51? GS:H80
160 German Camouflage Red Brown a FS:30108 X:X801 GS:H47
161 US Marine Corps Green
162 Surface grey FS:36559?
163 Dark Green Satin a FS:24079 X:X1? GS:H330
164 Dark Sea Grey Satin a FS:26118 X:X4 GS:H331
165 Medium Sea Grey Satin a X:X3 GS:H335
166 RAF Light Aircraft Grey Satin FS:26440 X:X15 GS:H332
167 RAF Barley Grey a FS:36314 X:X17 GS:H334
168 RAF Hemp Satin a X:X16 GS:H336
170 Brown Bess
171 Antique Bronze Metallic a
172 Green T:XF-61? GS:H320
173 Track Colour
174 Signal Red Satin a X:X14 GS:H29
175 Hellgrau RLM 76
176 Neutral Grey Light Grey
177 Hull Red
178 British Scarlet
179 French Artillery Green
180 Red Leather
181 Sea blue FS:15042 X:X121 MM:1717
182 Black Grey FS:35042 MM:1718
183 Grey FS:16440 X:X137 GS:H315 MM:1729
184 Freight Stock Grey
186 Brown a FS:30117 P:PCA/500829 MM:1701
187 Sand FS:30277 P:PCA827 MM:1704
188 Crome Yellow FS:13538 GS:H329 MM:1790
189 Insignia blue FS:35044 X:X122 GS:H326 MM:1719
190 Blue Angels blue FS:15050 X:X123 GS:H328 MM:1772
191 Chrome Silver Metallic a FS:17178 X:X142 MM:1707
192 Blaze Matt FS:28915 Rev:25 MM:1775
193 Blaze Gloss
194 Saturn Yellow Gloss Rev:312 GS:H97
195 Dark Green Satin Rev:363 GS:H60
196 Light Grey Satin Rev:371
197 Lufthansa Yellow Rev:310
198 Lufthansa Blue Rev:53 (Rev:350) GS:H35?
200 Pink Gloss T:X-17 GS:H19
201 Metallic Black GS:H28
202 Fluoroscent Aurora Pink GS:H99
203 Fluoroscent Signal Green GS:H100
204 Fluoroscent Matt Saturn Yellow GS:H97
205 Fluoroscent Matt Fire Orange GS:H98
206 Base White (with the flouroscents) GS:H40
207 Aurora Pink GS:H99
208 Signal Green Gloss
209 Fire Orange Gloss a GS:H98
220 Ferrari ( Italian ) Red Gloss a
221 Garter Blue
222 Moonlight Blue Metallic
224 Dark Slate Grey X:X806
225 Middle Stone
226 Interior Green a X:X117
230 PRU Blue a X:X8
234 Dark Flesh
237 Desert tan , Note only in acrylic and spray can a
238 Arrow Red Gloss a
239 British Racing Green Gloss a
240 RLM 02 Grau a X:X201 GS:H70
241 RLM 70 Scwartzgrün a X:X204 GS:H65
242 RLM 71Dunkelgrün a X:X205 GS:H64
243 RLM 72 Grün a X:X222
244 RLM 73 Grün a X:X223
245 RLM 74 Graugrün a X:X206 GS:H68
246 RLM 75 Grauviolett a X:X207 GS:H69
247 RLM 76 Lichtblau a X:X208
248 RLM 78 Himmelblau a X:X214
249 RLM 79 Sandgelb a X:X209 GS:H66
250 Desert Sand FS:30279 P:PCA826 GS:346?
251 RLM 81 Dunkelgrün a X:X210
252 RLM 82 Olivegrün a X:X211
253 RLM 83 Dunkelgrün a X:X212
Metallic finishes (Metalcote)
Colour name Type FS Tamiya Xtracolor Polly S Revell Gunze Sangyo Model Master
27001 Metalcote Matt Aluminium
27002 Metalcote Polished Aluminium
27003 Metalcote Polished Steel
27004 Metalcote Gunmetal
8191 Metalcote Satin Bronze
Clear finishes
Colour name Type FS Tamiya Xtracolor Polly S Revell Gunze Sangyo Model Master
91321 Clear Red
91322 Clear Orange
91325 Clear Green

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