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RLM color equivalents for Tamiya paints

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  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by weebles on Sunday, February 9, 2003 8:48 AM
If you're using a Tamiya kit as jcarlerg said the instructions include mixing instructions for their paint. I've never done that so I don't know how good it is. I think I would like to get some opinions on that so I'll post another message.

You'll probably have to mix your own if you can't find what you're looking for. That said...

I think it's a good idea to get your hands on some paint chips. I purchased Federal Standard 595B which is the US Government color standards. Mine was printed in 1989. It includes paint chips for about any color you can imagine and includes coresponding FS numbers. It's well worth the $20. Here's a web site showing how to get the set...

There are a lot of sources for paint chips. Snyder & Short sell them for ships. Many books contain paint chips for specific military aircraft, vehicles, etc. As an example one of my favorite books is "The Official Monogram US Navy & Marine Corps Aircraft Color Guide Vol 2 1940-1949. Anything you would every want to know about painting your WWII era naval aircraft Smile [:)] You just need to search them out.

I tested my FS chip sets against the sweedish site. I have a Sony Trinitron monitor which I believe is very good. They weren't even close. At best it's a rough idea.

Finally remember that chip sets are not scaled down. You will need to add white to bring it to a scale color.
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, February 9, 2003 7:04 AM
Take a look at
Go to the links page and look for DonĀ“s Colors and
the IPMS Stockholm web page.
All you need is there.
  • Member since
    December 2002
  • From: USA
Posted by jcarlberg on Saturday, February 8, 2003 1:26 PM
The source I have used is the IPMS Stockholm site. The other possibility is to take your color chart with you and eyeball the Tamiya rack in the store. Several of their colors are close, and Tamiya includes mixing instructions in their own German kits, so if someone will share an instruction sheet with you, this might help, too.
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Canada
RLM color equivalents for Tamiya paints
Posted by James Mark on Friday, February 7, 2003 10:51 PM
I love Tamiya paints...I have never had any issues with them except....their limited color selection.

Does anyone know of a reliable RLM color chart or mixing guide for Tamiya paints...

I found one on the internet and after mixing the colors looked nothing like the box art or the reference photographs. I ended up mixing my own, but I still think the color is a bit off.

Any RLM equivalents for Tamiya would be great!



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