EQUIVALENCES FOR RACING COLOURS WITH TAMIYA

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MM.- Testors Model Master   B.- Gloss Varnish

MT.- Humbrol Metalcote  F.- Humbrol Flourescent 

Make Colour Mix Observations

Alfa Romeo

Red

24 X-7 Red +1 X-9 Brown

Colour Overall, see Marlboro

All American Racers (AAR)

Blue 

10 X-3 R. Blue + 1 X-11 Chrome Silver + 2 X-1 Black

Overall Colour on Formula-1, Indy and Can-Am, usually with white stripes

Alpine

Metallic Blue

4 X-11 Chrome Silver + 3 X-3 Royal Blue

Overall Colour on rally and endurance cars

Aston Martin

Blue

15 X-3 R. Blue + 1 XF-11 JN Green

Ulster and works cars  of the 30s

Metallic Green

4 X-11 Chrome Silver + 8 X-5 Green + 1 X-8 Light yellow

Works cars of the 50s and 60s

Basf

Red

15 X-7 Red + 1 X-2 White

With white spirals on BMW M1 Gr4 and 5, Sauber GrC

Belga

Red

Italian Red (MM)

With white and (white) stripes on rally and endurance cars

BMW

Violet

8 X-4 Blue + 1 X-7 Red

Works cars, Procar M1

Blue

12 X-4 Blue + 1 X-2 White

Red

15 X-7 Red + 1 X-2 White

Brabham

Green 1

8 X-5 Green + 1 X-4 Blue

Overall Colour fins finals 1968

Bronze

Satin Bronze (MT) (B)

Stripes on Green 1 livery

Green 2

8 X-5 Green + 1 X-8 Light Yellow + 1 X-2 White

Overall Colour on 1969

Turquoise

8 X-2 White + 5 X-4 Blue + 2 X-8 Light Yellow

Overall Colour 70 and 71

Yellow 

X-8 Light Yellow

With Green 2 or turquoise

Martini

12 X- 7 Red + 2 X-2 White

BT- 46 a BT-48

Parmalat Blue

8 X- 3 R. Blue + 1 X-1 Black

With white on F1, de BT-49 a BT-54

BRM

Metallic Green 

8 X-5 Green + 6 X-3 Royal Blue + 5 X-11 Chrome Silver + 3 X-1 Black

Overall colour, see Marlboro

Orange

1 Fire Orange(F) + 1 Yellow (F) (B)

Nose band on F1

Castrol

Red

15 Italian Red (MM) + 1 - White (MM)

With Green over white - Jaguar Gr C, Toyota Celica CSR, GT4,etc..

Green 

5- X-15 Light Green + 1 X- 5 Green + 1 X-2 White

With Red over white

Chaparral

White

X-2 White with a spot of  X6 yX8 (1/30 aprox.)

Overall Colour

Cooper

Green 

8 X-5 Green + 1 X-1 Black + 1 X-4 Blue

Overall Colour with white stripes

Ducati

Red

20 X-7 Red + 3 X-2 White + 1,5 X-6 Orange

Works overall Colour (Superbikes)

Ferrari

Red
Several Shades

15 X-7 Red + 1 X2 White
12 X-7 Red +1 X2 White

Overall Colour on works cars, varies between these two versions

Ford

Blue 

8 X-3 Royal Blue +1 X-2 White

Overall Colour 64 to 66 on works cars - Bonnet, stripes and numbers satin, see Shelby, JWT, and Mobil (rally)

Fruit of the Loom

Blue 

1 X- 14 Sky Blue +1 X-2 White

BMW 320, Lancia Beta, etc...

Gulf (John Wyer Team)

Blue 

16 X-2 White + 1 X-4 Blue

Overall Colour Ford GT-40, Mirage, Porsche 917 and 908/3, with Orange

Orange

16 X-6 Orange + 1 X-7 Red

With Blue on several liveries always with a thin black stripe

Jagermeister

Orange

22 X-6 Orange + 1 X-7 Red

Overall Colour on track cars Porsche 934, 935, 956 BMW 3.5 CSL, 320, M1, Ford C100, etc...

Jaguar

Green 

8 X-5 Green + 3 X-1 Black

Overall Colour on works cars until late 60s

Blue (Ecurie Ecosse)

4 X-3 Royal Blue + 1 X-7 Red

Overall colour, see Castrol

Lancia

Red

12 X-7 Red + 1 X-2 White

Works cars of the 80s with white motifs on endurance cars, see Martini

Blue 

8 X-3 Royal Blue+ 1 X-2 White

Lotus

Green 

4 X-5 Green + 1 X-8 Light Yellow

Overall Colour on works cars F1 and Indy until mid 68

Yellow

15 X-8 Light Yellow+1 X-6 Orange

Stripes and letters on Yellow livery

Red

12 X-7 Red +2 X-2 White

With Gold Leaf on F1 and F3 cars since mid 68 until late 69

Or

X- 12 Gold Leaf

(Gold Leaf)

Malardeau

Yellow 

8 X-8 Light Yellow + 1 X-2 White

Overall Colour, Porsche 935 K3, 917K81, Lola T610 etc...

Marlboro

Red 1

11 X-7 Red +1 X-2 White

With white until late 75 (BRM, Mclaren F1)

Red 2

Fire Orange (F)(B)

With white from 76 on Gr5, F1 and rally cars - several constructors

March

Red (STP)

10 X-7 Red +1 X-6 Orange

From 1970, after see STP

Martini

Light Blue

5 X-14 Sky Blue+ 2 X-2 White

Motifs over white or silver livery, with Red and Blue Dark on rally and endurance cars, several constructors

Red 1

12 X-7 Red +2 X-2 White

Red 2

Fire Orange (F)(B)

Dark Blue

8 X-3 R. Blue + 1 X-1 Black

Thin stripe on Light Blue livery

McLaren

Orange

1 X-6 Orange + 1 X-8 Yellow

Overall Colour on F1/500 and CanAm cars from 1968 to 71, see Marlboro

Blue 

X-3 Royal Blue

Sometimes on spoilers and wings on Orange livery

Mobil

Blue 

1X-14 Sky Blue+5 X-4 Blue

With white - Ford Escort csw, Sierra csw-4WD

Red

10 X-7 Red+1 X-2 White

Thin stripe on Blue

Penske

Blue (Sunoco)

X- 3 R. Blue

Overall Colour on Can-Am, F1, Indy cars,  etc...

Porsche

Silver

X-11 Chrome Silver (B)

Overall Colour on works cars until 1965 - Also with Martini livery 71-75

Green 

Signal Green (B)(F)

Identification panel on White Overall Colour '66 to '69, satin

Blue 

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Pink

Aurora Pink (F)(B)

Red

1 A. Pink+1 Fire Orange (F)(B)

Orange

Blaze (F)(B)

Yellow 

3 Yellow+ 1 Blaze (F)(B)

Renault

Yellow 

X-8 Light Yellow

With white, black and thin black  stripe on rally, sport and F1 cars

Red (Phillips)

X-7 Red

Rally cars, R5T,R5 Maxi, R11

Shelby Metallic Blue 22 X-13 M. Blue+2 X-1 Black+3 X-5 Green Cobra Daytona

STP

Red

Fire Orange (F)(B)

Overall Colour

Tyrrell

Blue

1 X-3 R. Blue+1 X-4 Blue

Overall Colour since 1970

Volkswagen

Grey

8 XF-24 German Grey+2 X-1 Black

Original Beetle colour, early series 1937-1950's

Williams

Green 

16 X-5 Green +3 X-2 White

Body parts over white on FW07,08 etc

REFERENCES :
- Scale Models - Feb 1983, MAP.
- Scale Colour 1 + 2
- Scale Models Special.
- Painting and Finishing Models, I. Peacock, Argus 1989.
- Methuen Handbook of Colour, Kornerup + Wansher, Methuen 1978.
- IMPS-Color Cross Reference Guide, D.Klaus, IPMS USA 1988.

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Last Updated 31/10/2002

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