War II Warship Colors
9174 Kiefer Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95826-5105
For many years the serious ship modeller/historian/artist has had to
rely on best guess or the ultra-rare 1929 Munsell colour book in order
to accurately choose the colour carried by the ships of various nations.
Well no more - John Snyder and Randy Short have made it their business
to research these same colours and provide the aforementioned parties
with accurate, reliable colour samples of Second World War warships. Each
set is more then just a printed collection of colours, Randy and John
have actually taken samples from surviving original paint chips
and lockers and mixed their own paint to match the samples. These custom
mixes are then painted on to heavy 8.5"x11" card stock along
with the colour name underneath. to date they are marketing sets of the
colours worn by the ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy, United States
Navy and the Royal Navy.
Future sets are are under development with Set 2 of the RN colours due
out next, to be followed by the Kriegsmarine and Regia Marina.
War II Ship Colors
Set 1 - Blues and Grays
The first of the colour chips to be available was this one consisting
of the various blues and greys carried by USN ships. Colours include:
#5 Standard Gray (1937); #20 Standard Deck Grey
5-L Light Gray; 5-O Ocean Gray; 5-D Dark Gray
5-H Haze Gray; 5-O Ocean Gray; Cavite Blue; 5-S Sea Blue A; 5-S Sea Blue
B; 5-S Sea Blue C; 5-N Navy Blue; 5-B Thayer Blue; 1941 Deck Blue 20B;
1942 Revised Deck Blue 20B; Norfolk 250N Flight Deck Stain; Flight Deck
#82 Black; 5-P Pale Gray; 5-L Light Gray
War II Ship Colors
Set 2 - Browns and Greens
The second set released covered the browns and greens and a few more
Mahogony Flight deck stain
Mountbatten Pink (Dark); Brown 1A; Brown 2A; Brown 3A; Brown 4A; Green
1A;Green 2A; Green 3A; Green 4A;
1943 Early Greens:
5-HG Haze Green; 5-OG Ocean Green; 5-NG Navy Green; 20-G Deck Green.
1943 Revised Greens:
5-PG Pale Green; 5-LG Light Green; 5-HG Haze Green (Revised); 5-OG Ocean
Green (Revised); 5-NG Navy Green (Revised).
#1 Green; #2 Green; #3 Green, #4 Brown
#46 Outside Gray; #37 Light Gray 5-L; #27 Haze Gray 5-H; #17 Ocean Gray;
#11 Outside Gray; #7 Navy Gray 5-N; #4 Deck Gray 20
Navy WWII Ship Colors
The third set released was for the Imperial Japanese Navy. Because each
of the major yards had differing stocks of gray paint they are each shown
here, as well as a partial list of which major warships were painted at
each yard and when.
Sasebo Naval Arsenal; Kure Naval Arsenal; Maizuro Naval Arsenal; Yokosuka
Naval Arsenal; Type 1 Camouflage for Aircraft Carriers; Type 2 Camouflage
for Aircraft Carriers; Deck Tan and Linoleum round out the IJN set.
World War II Ship Colors,
Set 1 - Prewar to 1941
The most recent release is this set of RN colours for the early war
period. For those who think warships should be drab and dull, Mountbatten
Pink and WA Blue and Green put the lie to that notion. I personally can't
wait for set two as I have a ship waiting on just what colours B15, B30
and B55 are. .
507A (1920); 507B (1940), 507C (1920); B-5 (1941); B-6 (1941); PB 10
(1940); Western Approaches Blue (1941); Western Approaches Green (1941);
Pink (1941); Mountbatten Pink, Light (1940); Mountbatten Pink, Dark (19490);
MS 1 (1941); MS 2 (1941); MS 3 (1941); MS 4 (1941); MS4a (1941); Dark
Brown (1940); Light green (1940); Berwick Blue (1941); Dark Blue (1941)
Semtex (Early War); Corticene
I have no hesitation at all in recommending these to anyone interested
in knowing just what colour their ship model, painting shoud be .. and
as previously mentioned. . bring on RN Set 2.