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RLM and hobby paint comparison chart

Postby pbhawkin » Mon May 23, 2011 9:12 am

Hi all,
I have also compiled 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 their claimed hobby paint equivalents from the following manufacturers: Testor's Model Master enamels and acryl range, Humbrol Enamels, Tamiya acrylics, WEM enamels, Life color arcylics, Vallejo Model Air and Model Color acrylics, Polly Scale acrylic 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 old 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 version for RLM79 and 83 and JPS to the 2005 Merrick darker RLM83 colour). I am missing the JPS RLM79 paint (can anyone point me to a bottle?). Some of the information may be out of date as the sources I have used may not be current. Please note that the Humbrol site makes NO claim that the names on their tins represent the same colour as the names of the camouflage used on the planes we are modelling (ie RLM colours)!!

You can download them from my site in the links section:
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they can also be downloaded form my website (http://www.petersplanes.com/links.htm) along with an updated excel sheet that I have compiled that has 16 sources if suggestions for various matches and mixes for RLM, RAF/FAA, Italian, French and some USA WW2 colours.
Hope this might help modellers of Luftwaffe aircraft and reduce the number of "what paint matches...." and allow the modeller to decide for themself!
regards
Peter H
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Re: RLM and hobby paint comparison chart

Postby pbhawkin » Tue May 15, 2012 9:46 am

Hi.
These sheets have been updated with the addition of some Mr.Hobby (Gunze) colours. I just have to get the time and money to buy the rest and add them!
See my website for the latest version here: http://www.petersplanes.com/links.htm
Peter H
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http://www.petersplanes.com (Aussie made 1/144 aircraft)
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