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weedsrock226 Jan 2017 8:41 p.m. PST

I have previously posted this in the naval section, but since the important update this time is air force colors I am cross posting here as well.

I have updated my Vallejo WWII naval and air force paint equivalency tables once again. I have finally added the Italian Air Force colors. "Officially" this finally completes this project that I started about 9 years ago. Unofficially, I am always making little tweaks when I get new information. Plus I need to reorganize the US Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps air color section. It is a bit of a mess because I started with the USN/Marine Corps air colors (naturally) and then added Army Air Corps colors much later. The two services settled on a common set of colors in 1943 and that is not clear from the way I did the tables. Plus there are some Air Corps late war colors missing because of way I did it. Anyway, still a project for another day!

Updates in the January 2017 document:

1. I have finally added the Italian Air Force colors – Go Regia Aeronautica!
2. Added color mix for Royal Navy color B55
3. Revised some of the USN 1944/45 neutral gray mixes
4. Added Netherlands East Indies green camouflage colors (educated guesses)
5. Added Tashkent's "powder blue" color in Soviet navy section (another educated guess)

Here is the updated link to the file:


Note: You can tell what version of the tables you have by looking at the footnote at the bottom of the page that lists the references. I have put my initials "MSD" and the date the document created there. I have always done that. This latest is January 26, 2017.

Happy painting!

John Armatys27 Jan 2017 3:01 a.m. PST

Many thanks for this – a useful resource.

Vigilant27 Jan 2017 4:16 a.m. PST

Terrific work. Thanks very much.

Jeigheff27 Jan 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

Thank you for sharing this with us. I admire the historical expertise and the eye for color needed to differentiate between many dozens of shades of gray, tan, etc.

weedsrock228 Jan 2017 12:14 a.m. PST

You are very welcome!

weedsrock204 Jul 2019 8:22 p.m. PST

I have significantly updated my Vallejo WWII color charts again. In particular, I have added all of the WWII US Army Air Force and Navy/Marine colors and I have about doubled the number of Luftwaffe colors and updated the rest based on newly acquired references with paint chip samples. I have also added some of the newly revised Royal Navy colors that have been proposed by the excellent research done by the Royal Sovereign hobby guys. However, these are "best estimate" color matches based on their published internet documentation. I am in the United States so I cannot get the actual new Colourcoat paint samples that I would obviously like to use. I have also updated a scattering of other colors in the document.

The new link to the document is:


Please let me know if you see any typos or errors. And I would always be interested in alternate color mix suggestions.

weedsrock204 Jul 2019 8:23 p.m. PST

Here is a "change log" if you are interested.

Additions and changes to Vallejo WWII mixes – July 4, 2019

Royal Navy

507A/G10 alternate
Emergency mix medium grey
507C/G45 alternate
Dark Deck Grey
B5/B15 alternate

Cemtex (late war)
G45 (1942)
B55 (1942)
G45 Neutral Tone (1943?)
B55 (1943)

United States Navy

Cavite Blue
5-S Sea Blue B

Italian Regia Marina

Verde Chiaro

Soviet Navy

Medium Blue Grey (Northern Fleet)

Dark Grey
Tashkent Blue

Colors for wood decking

Weather beaten deck tan

Royal Air Force

RAF Sky Type S

United States Air Force and Navy/Marines

Newly expanded and updated

Germany Luftwaffe

Newly expanded and updated



Light Ash Grey – "J3 towards Ameriro" for early war Zeke
Blue Black (cowling)

Romanian Air Force


IAR 80 colors

Reference list expanded with new acquisitions. All references are in the personal collection of the author.


I guess I should add that I continue to update this list because I mostly paint WWII miniatures. I use the Vallejo Model Color paints because they are optimally formulated for brush painting, are easily thinned for airbrush, and there is a wide range of colors to work with. I have no connection to Vallejo either monetarily or personally.

Disclaimer: I am not a paint "historian" or researcher. I just attempt to match the colors that other researchers and references have provided. With all the variation out there I often just have to make my "best call" on a paint color. Your mileage may vary.

I would always be interested in hearing about alternative mixes.

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