for the ship modeler, historian, or maritime artist, requiring accuracy of
colour, this third set of the Royal Navy covers a variety of subjects.
B55(1943), B30(1943), and B20(1943) are from Admiralty shade cards and
are the colour specifications for the 1943 period. The actual colours
changed later in the war, but kept the same names. G55 and B40 were also
Admiralty colours. G55 was used in late war Western Approaches and some
Admiralty Standard schemes in place of B55. Use of B40 is not documented,
but we included the colour because it did exist at one time.
We've included three Australian colours. The HMAS Murchison wore two
of these on her superstructure and hull. Our Chicago Blue sample is from a
paint stick saved by the gentleman who used it to stir the paint.
The Submarine HMS Storm wore a camouflage scheme of two colours. Our
samples are from her paint locker.
We have colours used on specific Corvettes. Honeysuckle Blue is a 10%
reflectance version of B5, and was used on her and other Corvettes. HMS
Burdock and HMS Alisma wore a Yellow and Blue pattern in the South Atlantic.
The colour faded quickly in service, becoming a yellow-tinged, off-white
Rockingham Blue is from the lend-lease four piper. Montgomery
Blue-green was created by HMS Montgomery's captain, who ordered Western
Approaches Blue and Western Approaches Green mixed together to create a
colour he liked.
The last three colours are from the paint lockers of HMS Jamaica,
Nigeria, and Arethusa.
All colors have been carefully matched to Admiralty-issued paint chips
or actual samples from ships’ paint lockers when available, or to the 1929 Munsell Book of Color as specified by noted
author, Alan Raven. Modelers are referred to Alan Raven’s “The
Development of Naval Camouflage 1914-1945 Part III: British Camouflage in
World War II,” in Plastic Ship
Modeler, 1997/1 (Plastic Ship
Modeler is published by Daniel H. Jones, P.O. Box 2183, Arvada CO
80001-2183), and to Alan Raven’s series of books on Royal Navy
Camouflage published by WR Press and available from Snyder &
This set contains 20 chips on two sheets and covers the following
G45 Neutral Tone
|HMAS Murchison Upperworks
HMAS Murchison Hull
Chicago Blue (RAN)
Sub. Storm, Light
Sub. Storm, Dark
Alternate Western Approaches Blue
Jamaica Hull Panel (1944)
Arethusa Light Mountbatten Pink