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HesseCassel Inactive Member28 Jul 2011 7:15 p.m. PST

I was perusing the Tamiya line at Megahobbies website. Some of the colors are named very specifically as IJN colors, by navy yard. Other colors seem like they might be USN colors, based upon the name.

Anyone have any experience with this line, and comments on the authenticity of the colors? I presently own zero Tamiya paints. I'm wondering if someone has shown close replication of the USN colors especially by Tamiya.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP28 Jul 2011 7:24 p.m. PST

The best are Poly 'S,' if you can find them. The IJN used 4 slightly different shades of medium gray, different shipyards, for most of the war. There was some camouflage on carriers late in the war.
The US used a multiplicity of camo patterns using mostly ocean gray and haze gray with deck blue on all decks of all ships. Other popular color was Navy blue and Sea blue used alone and in combo with the other shades. Google US Navy camouflage as there are several good sites that explain the patterns.

HesseCassel Inactive Member28 Jul 2011 7:48 p.m. PST

Sorry for any misunderstanding. I have Hreachmack's "Painter's Guide to WWII Naval Camouflage" from Clash of Arms Games (one of the last copies, I believe there's only 6 left). I am now trying to match the colors. Polly-S and Floquil are both partially out of production since being purchased by Testors. Some of the common colors are there but others have been dropped.

I've never used Tamiya, so in perusing their line, they had several IJN specific paints, but then lots of colors that sound like RN and USN, checked their site but very little description of paints, none terms of official colors.

BundyTime Inactive Member29 Jul 2011 6:53 a.m. PST

I've used the Tamiya paints and have no complaints. I haven't gone over to Snyder&Short to do a color chip comparison, but at 1/2400 and 1/6000 I feel I can only be so picky. Don't forget that Tamiya produce a fine variety of WW2 plastic models requiring reasonably authentic color matches.

With Model Master Marine Acrylics being discontined, the Tamiya acrylics and White Ensign enamels will probably be your best way forward.

my .02, YMMV

HesseCassel Inactive Member29 Jul 2011 10:03 a.m. PST

BT – How did you choose the colors where not specifically marked? Did you eyeball it based upon another source? Or just wing it by description?

King Monkey29 Jul 2011 11:57 a.m. PST

I came across this while I was looking for something else, I know it's not Tamiya paint but it appears to be a fairly comprehensive Vallejo Acrylic equivalent paint chart.


BundyTime Inactive Member29 Jul 2011 12:46 p.m. PST

How did you choose the colors where not specifically marked? Did you eyeball it based upon another source? Or just wing it by description?

A combination of those. Seeing what has been used on 1/350 or 1/700 models, looking at different color chips, and of course compensating for that lovely variable scale effect.

It all depends on how 'precise' or 'faithful' you wish to be on your minis.

BundyTime Inactive Member29 Jul 2011 12:53 p.m. PST

Personally, I'm not too much of a stickler for 'authentic' colors, but a think they turn out ok.

A 1/2400 battleship:


Some 1/6000 carriers with measures:


(decks by Toshach decals)

Neither painted with 'authentic' colors, but the schemes come across.

HesseCassel Inactive Member29 Jul 2011 4:57 p.m. PST

I'm hijacking my own thread…those Toshach decals look great! Does anyone make them for 1/2400?

BundyTime Inactive Member31 Jul 2011 5:21 a.m. PST

While there was some talk of Toshach doing some 1/2400, it hasn't materialized yet.


Pomroy Productions has some 1/2400 that seem to work very well with the Panzerschiffe carriers.

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Some have pointed out that they need a bit of work to go on the GHQ carriers, but YMMV.

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