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Posted: 12 Feb 2016 12:46
I am a new member and just starting out with RC modelling. I am building HMAS Derwent and having trouble finding light grey paint (ship side grey). Can any one let me know the make up of SSG including the tint ratio for 1 litre.
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 13:10
The paint name is storm grey code N42 Australian standard. Most auto motive paint shops can make it up for you they have it on there data base. Storm grey as they call it and it is the right tint has a light green tint to it if you compare to other navies ship side grey. Hope that helps.
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 17:46
My local AutoPro shop will mix it up in spray cans for you, about $30 a can, but it's exactly the shade you want.
Ask for Australian Standard N42 Storm Grey, they will have the book that tells them what combination of tints is required to make it up for you.
Normally they give you what's left over in a small tin, perfect for touch ups and small parts.
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 18:46
It depends on the year you are making her. Storm Grey was only used from 1985. Prior to that the RAN used BS381C 631 Light Grey as their colour.
Any Mitre 10, Dulux shop etc. can make it up as they all have the British Standard colours.
Decks were BS381C 632 Dark Admiralty Grey.
Posted: 13 Feb 2016 11:53
I know you have done the research on the paint colours but I was on MELBOURNE from 1980 until her retirement in 1982 and she was definitely Storm Grey as were the other ships of that time including the FFGs which came out from 1981 until DARWIN arrived in 1984. All I can think of is that it may have been known as a different name. We always referred to it as Ships Side Grey. I don't recall it being called Storm Grey until some years later so maybe that is where it is different.
Posted: 13 Feb 2016 17:28
Russ, All I can think of is that it may have been known as a different name
. > I think you are right, it was known as a different name, Light Grey.
Storm Grey is derived from Light Grey. Refer back to the CLD 19 Jan 2015 Article. Storm Grey and Light Grey share the same base and pigments except that, for a 1 litre mix of paint, Storm Grey has twice as much pigment as Light Grey. Seen on a model by itself in Light Grey, you would think it was Storm Grey. Seen next to a model which is painted Storm Grey, the difference is obvious as Light Grey is lighter and not as green as Storm Grey.
Posted: 13 Feb 2016 18:57
Just asked a contact in the marine paint industry if his records show when Storm Grey was first listed in their stock books and supply lists.
Posted: 13 Feb 2016 20:39
Hi Peter, What era is " Derwent " . If you are building her as she was back in the 60"s / 70's , the Ships main colour is as the Darings which is
Light Battleship Grey , Code " BSC 631 " , with the deck colour Dark Admiralty Grey " BSC 632 . I have HMAS Vampire as she is in Darling Harbour , as I served on Duchess & Vampire , and these are the colours they were painted.
Cheers, Jim FBGW
Posted: 16 Feb 2016 11:54
MichaelB wrote:Just asked a contact in the marine paint industry if his records show when Storm Grey was first listed in their stock books and supply lists.
Per International Paints records, Storm Grey dates from 1985.
Posted: 17 Feb 2016 19:08
The actual date is 6th September 1985.
Posted: 19 Feb 2016 20:22
Hi Michael, being our paint guru can you please help me with the paint codes for modern Italian navy, hull and decks. Thank you Scott.
Posted: 21 Feb 2016 17:15
I'll have a look and see what I can find.
Posted: 23 Feb 2016 19:39
From an Italian Modelling mob:
Hull Antifouling is Carmine Red RAL 3002
Superstructure is Silver Grey RAL 7001
Deck is Blue Grey RAL 7031
Flight Deck is Anthracite Grey RAL 7016
I contacted Dulux and they can mix RAL paints these days. Just in case, the formulae are attached. They are for 1 litre of Dulux only. If you use anything other than their base and tints, you will get the wrong colour. They have Dulux Trade Shops here and our local Mitre 10 can make it, so yours should too.
Also, in NSW we have Autolac who can mix any standard paint in a range from a company called De Beer. For about $30, you get a spray can of the colour which is touch dry in about 5 minutes. I've actually sprayed, masked over the top and sprayed another colour inside the hour without any adverse effect. They are car paints and many of the European manufacturers colours are RAL. I asked about the greys and they were used by Volkswagen, Audi and Mercedes in the past.
Could you email to me a couple of photos of her and I'll send them to the guy. They are fascinated that this neck of the woods is building an Italian warship.
Posted: 23 Feb 2016 21:44
Posted: 26 Feb 2016 19:17
For anyone building modern German ships, their colours are:
Hull and superstructure: RAL 7000
Decks: RAL 7012.
Posted: 10 Oct 2020 10:48
A heads up for anyone who gets AutoPro or the like to mix up Australian Standard paints for you, either in tins or particularly in spray cans.
The supplier of the tints they use to make up the AS colours has gone out of business, so they are trying to find an Australian supplier of the tints so they can continue to offer the paint mixing service.
This is particularly important if you are getting N42 Storm Grey mixed up.
Hopefully they can find a supplier (they've had no luck so far) but if you want paint mixed up for your next build, might pay to have it done sooner rather than later, while they still have the tints in stock.