Aircraft and armour modelers have long had access to reliable colour
chips and references ranging from the FS Standard to the Methuen Handbook
of Colour. Ship modellers and artists on the otherhand have been the poor
stepchild in this world of colour. The belief was that ships were just
grey anyway, so why bother with providing accurate colours. Enter John
Snyder and Randy Short. These two recognized that far from being just
drab greys, warships could be as colourful as their winged counterparts.
They began by collecting extant samples of Second World War paints,
chips and colour charts. These were then carefully analysed and the Snyder
& Short line of WWII Ship Colours was born. Their earlier efforts,
USN Sets 1-3, IJN and RN Set 1 were reviewed in the August
issue, new at hand are the latest RN Colours.
with other Snyder & Short paint sets, these are on card stock. Rather
than being printed colour, which may vary from batch to batch, these are
actual paint samples which have been hand painted in roughly 1 1/4"
x 1 3/4" rectangles. Each card has eight colours.