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Japanese Aircraft Colourcoats

White Ensign Models' WWII Japanese Aircraft Colourcoats Paint First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review August 2007 Manufacturer White Ensign Models
Subject WWII Japanese Aircraft Colourcoats Primary Media Enamel
Pros Color matched to IJA/IJN chips Cons Not available as acrylics
Skill Level Basic MSRP (BP) £1.32 per tin

First Look

The folks at White Ensign Models haven't been resting. They've expanded their line of Imperial Japanese Army/Imperial Japanese Naval Aircraft Colours. Recognize the aotake blue metallic color on the left?

If you look at the colors on the top of these tins, you're looking at quite a few colors that haven't been available from any manufacturer prior to this. The current colors in the range include:

  • ACJ01 - IJNAF Green
  • ACJ02 - IJNAF Gray
  • ACJ03 - Nakajima Navy Green
  • ACJ04 - Nakajima Interior Gray-Green
  • ACJ05 - Nakajima Army Green
  • ACJ06 - Mitsubishi Navy Green
  • ACJ07 - Mitsubishi Navy Gray
  • ACJ08 - Mitsubishi Cowl Blue-Black
  • ACJ09 - Kawasaki Army Green
  • ACJ10 - Kawanishi Green
  • ACJ11 - Overall Light Gray
  • ACJ12 - Undersurface Gray-Green
  • ACJ13 - Red-Brown Primer
  • ACJ14 - Earth Brown
  • ACJ15 - Aotake
  • ACJ16 - Mitsubishi Zero Gray-Green
  • ACJ17 - Nakajima Amber Gray
  • ACJ18 - Mitsubishi Interior Green
  • ACJ19 - Wing ID Strip Yellow

This paint line is packaged in the same familiar tins that are also used by Humbrol and XtraColor which also provide excellent shelf life. The paints themselves are formulated with work with any standard enamal thinner.

You can purchase any of these Colourcoats line directly from the White Ensign Models website ( My sincere thanks to John Snyder at White Ensign Models for these review samples.


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