Snyder and Short Enterprises

Royal Navy Paint Chip set #1
Reviewed by Timothy Dike
If you have read the Royal Navy Camouflage Volume 1, you already know  how British Warships were painted, but what color do you use to get the right shade? That seems to be a recurring question here on Everyone wants to know which manufactures colors your used, and the simple answer is that I have yet to find a perfect match for more than a couple colors right out of the bottle. If you want to do it right, your going to have to mix it yourself. That's where these chip sets really comes in handy. This Chip set covers the colors in use from the prewar period through the end of 1941. According to the Snyder and Short Enterprises, "These chips have been carefully matched to Admiralty issued paint chips or actual samples  from ships’ paint lockers when available, or to the 1929 Munsell Book of Color".
Card One includes:
  • 507A (1920)
  • 507B (1940)
  • 507C (1920)
  • B-5 (1941)
  • B-6 (1941)
  • PB-10 (1940)
  • Western Approaches Blue (1941)
  • Western Approaches Green (1941)
  • Pink (1941)
  • Mountbatten Pink, Light (1940)
  • Mountbatten Pink, Dark (1940)
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On the second card are the following:
  • MS-1 (1941)
  • MS-2 (1941)
  • MS-3 (1941)
  • MS-4 (1941)
  • MS-4a (1941)
  • Dark Brown (1940)
  • Light Green (1940)
  • Berwick Blue (1941)
  • Dark Blue (1941)
  • Deck Coverings
  • Semtex (Early War)
  • Corticene
These paint chip are actual painted patches using real paint, not simply printed colors. Printing technology today falls short of being able to consistently match colors, so this is the best method to reproduce the colors. The cards themselves are 8-1/2" x 11" heavy stock with individual colors painted on self adhesive patched that are then applied to the card. I keep mine in sheet protectors in a binder for handy reference. 

While some modelers may argue that you need to incorporate "scale effect" in you paint scheme, you will still need a starting point and these chips provide just that.