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Vallejo paint colour equivalents
Many of us are moving away from the traditional enamel based paints and
embracing acrylics, the quality of which has improved greatly in recent years.
One of the main producers of acrylic model paints is Vallejo, who produce a
number of ranges aimed at general use (model colour), airbrush use (model air),
wargamers and armour and figure modellers.
At the time of writing nobody has produced a range of acrylics specifically to
match the great number of paint colours used by the Royal Navy in particular,
although sets are available from Lifecolour for the USN, Kriegsmarine and
Italian navies. In the meantime whilst we wait for any paint producer to
make the sensible decision to produce RN colours, the following is a colour
equivalent list made by an anonymous IPMS member somewhere, whoever they may be
thank you for your obvious hard work. I haven't tested this yet so cannot
vouch for the accuracy, but it appears to have been well researched and should
at least give a good start to anyone wanting to use vallejo paints.
Vallejo equivalent paint chart
Using vallejo paints
Although vallejo model air is generally intended for use in airbrushes,
many modellers use vallejo model colour successfully in an airbrush using
vallejo thinners. Alcohol based thinners are not recommended as they cause
the paint to clump and clog the airbrush nozzle. As with any acrylic
paints, trial and error is the best method.