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RAF/FAA Aircraft Colourcoats

White Ensign Models' WWII RAF/FAA Aircraft Colourcoats Paint First Look

By Michael Benolkin

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

First Look

A number of years ago, White Ensign Models undertook a new venture - color-accurized hobby paints. These colors were initially focused on naval subjects (I wonder why) and used the excellent research of the Snyder & Short naval color references as their baseline. Since then, they've expanded into armor and aircraft subjects, and as with the naval series paints, the armor and aircraft colors were based on recognized color data to ensure that we have the best representation available to color our hard work.

In this series, White Ensign Models developed a series of colors that were used by British and Commonwealth air forces during World War II. In their RAF/FAA/Coastal Command Colours:

  • ACRN01 - Sky Type S (BS210)
  • ACRN02 - Extra Dark Sea Gray (BS640)
  • ACRN03 - Dark Sea Gray (BS638)
  • ACRN04 - Medium Sea Gray (BS637)
  • ACRN05 - Light Slate Gray (BS639)
  • ACRN06 - Dark Slate Gray (BS634)
  • ACRN07 - Ocean Grey
  • ACRN08 - Barley Grey (BS18-B-21)
  • ACRN09 - Dark Green (BS241)
  • ACRN10 - Dark Earth (BS450)
  • ACRN11 - Middle Stone
  • ACRN12 - Azure Blue
  • ACRN13 - Sky Grey
  • ACRN14 - PRU Blue
  • ACRN15 - RAF Green BS641
  • ACRN16 - RAF Gulf Pink/Sand FS20279
  • ACRN17 - Night Bomber Black
  • ACRN18 - Olive Drab (BS220)
  • ACRN19 - RAF Blue-Gray (BS633)
  • ACRN20 - Light Aircraft Gray (BS627)
  • ACRN21 - Yellow
  • ACRN22 - Dull Red
  • ACRN23 - Light Mediterranean Blue
  • ACRN24 - Sky Blue
  • ACRN25 - Light Green
  • ACRN26 - Light Earth
  • ACRN27 - Roundel Red
  • ACRN28 - Interior Gray/Green
  • ACRN29 - Sky Blue (BS381c No.1)
  • ACRN30 - Eau de Nil (BS381c No.16)
  • LE01 - RAF Anti-Flash White
  • LE02 - RAF Hemp

Not a bad variety of colors and this line-up appears to be growing. Stand by for more good things from White Ensign Models! What's nice about the tins is that their shelf life is generally longer and you have the built-in paint chips for color-matching on the lids.

You can purchase these and any of the Colourcoat line directly from the White Ensign Models website. They have great service and are a unique resource for the ship modeler - give them a try!

My sincere thanks to White Ensign Models for these review samples!

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