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Paints for WWII USN Ships

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Hi! I'm just getting into ship modeling and am trying to figure out the right paints to buy for WWII USN ships. After some research, I've found that the Navy standard colors were Ocean Gray (5-O), Navy Blue (5-N), Haze Gray (5-H), Sea Blue (5-S), Light Gray (5-L), and Deck Blue (20-B). I'd prefer to go with Gunze Mr Color, but will consider other brands if there isn't a good Mr Color equivalent. Can anyone recommend the best Mr Color matches? Also, I see that Testors Model Master has these specific colors in their line (5-O is their No. 2157 for example). Are these good matches?

 

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Completely agree with Grey Ghost 531! :thumbsup:

 

White Ensign Models started their Colourcoats line for Naval colors. As you can see by the above link, they have the colors you need under the names you're looking for.

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Ok. I bought the Colourcoats, but man, were they expensive! I understand that Colourcoat paints have been discontinued. Is that true? Are the Model Master equivalents sold on scalehobbyist.com accurate? Thanks.

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I believe they were discontinued and then the line was restarted in its current format. They work very well. I haven't compared the colors to Model Master's but the Colourcoats I've used have sprayed better and covered better than the other Model Master colors I've used.

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2 hours ago, Grey Ghost 531 said:

I believe they were discontinued and then the line was restarted in its current format. They work very well. I haven't compared the colors to Model Master's but the Colourcoats I've used have sprayed better and covered better than the other Model Master colors I've used.

Ok. Thanks! I appreciate your help. Looking forward to trying them. What do you thin them with? 

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I do all the time. It's the only thing that seems to get Model Master matt black to behave in my airbrush. Anything else seems to come out grainy. It does mean you can't touch what you painted for about a day, it takes it a long time to harden.

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