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Tool Review
Royal Navy WWII Camouflage Set
Royal Navy WWII Eastern Approach - Early War Set 1 & Western Approach - Late War Set 2
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by: SimonHeathwood [ REDDUSTER ]

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Model Shipwrights

LifeColor have released tow dedicated Royal Navy Paint sets, both sets come in the usual LifeColor format, six 22ml plastic jars containing related colours in a box. The attractive box art is as always related to the contents, the colours inside are also displayed on the outside with both their official name and their LifeColor reference.

The paints are acrylic, brushes can be cleaned in water, and for brush painting thinned with water. For airbrushing, LifeColor thinners are better for thinning, the paints are quite close to the right consistency for airbrushing, and just need a few drops of thinner.

The paints sprayed on well to bare plasticard, a couple of mist coats and a wet coat gave good coverage across the range of colours. The paints brush paint quite well straight out of the pot, best onto primed plastic, in all cases I applied one coat straight of a well mixed pot, and a second thinned 80-20 with water, this gave a good smooth finish. The only colour that was an issue over a light grey primer was the Western Approaches White, however as can be seen from the photographs no issues over a white primer. Also I tested the hull red both over light grey and a red base coat, the colour density was strong enough that there was no noticeable difference between the two top coats.

LifeColor Royal Navy WWII Eastern Approach - Early War Set 1

Titled “Eastern Approach, Early war” contains AP507A dark grey, AP507B medium grey, AP507C light grey, B20 Light grey, MS3 medium grey green and B5 dark blue-grey.

The Colours look reasonably accurate compared with the paint chips on Alan Raven’s Warships Perspective series on Royal Navy Camouflage. The only thing I find a little odd is the inclusion of B20 rather than say MS1 or B6 which would have fitted in better for the early war schemes.

LifeColor Royal Navy WWII Western Approach - Late War Set 2

Titled “Western Approach, Late war” contains Hull Red, W.A. Blue, W.A. Green, White, semtex green and Corcetine.

Again the colours appear reasonably accurate against the above mentioned colour chips, although the W.A. Green and W.A. Blue might need a little tone down for 1/700th scale. The white is very good as it has subtle slightly dirty off white tone. As this is billed as a late was set I would have G10 would have been more appropriate than Corcetine.


Would highly recommend both the LifeColor Royal Navy WWII Eastern Approach - Early War Set 1 and LifeColor Royal Navy WWII Western Approach - Late War Set 2 sets for Royal Navy Shipbuilders. The paints are user friendly, and although I am not a great airbrush user, I had no difficulty in obtaining an even finish. Over a primed surface they brush paint very well. The colours look good, and even with my comments above I would highly recommend these set, and at a UK Price of £16.99 they represent good value.

Personal Rating - Contents 9/10. Accuracy 9.5/10 value 9.5/10

The LifeColor Royal Navy WWII Western Approach - Late War Set 2 and LifeColor Royal Navy WWII Eastern Approach - Early War Set 1 can be purchased through Airbrushes.com in the UK!

Model Shipwrights would like to thank Airbrushes.com for supplying these review samples.

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Highs: Easy to use, close to accurate coloring and a great value.
Lows: Some mild color adjustments may be needed.
Verdict: I highly recommend these sets for any Royal Navy Shipbuilders
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  Scale: N/A
  Mfg. ID: LC-CS33 / LC-CS34
  Suggested Retail: £16.99 / $26.80 US
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  PUBLISHED: May 14, 2015
  NATIONALITY: United Kingdom

About SimonHeathwood (RedDuster)

1961 Built, Served in the Merchant Navy as a Deck Cadet 1978-82 3/0 1982 made redundant, thence Plymouth Polythechnic 1982-85, Bsc In nautical science, been working shoreside in the Shipping Industry since then as Ship Operator / Broker. I have been building models since I was five, first model ...

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Nice one Si. Just like to add that on the back of the boxes these paint sets come in, Lifecolor list paints within their range that either match or are very close to other RN colours not in the sets.
MAY 13, 2015 - 11:29 PM
Thanks Luciano, That did slip my mind when I was writing up the review. Appreciate you filling the gap. Cheers mate. Si
MAY 14, 2015 - 12:08 AM
No problem Si, I have now got the extra paints Lifecolor recommend just need to mark up the pots so I know what they're for.
MAY 14, 2015 - 09:55 AM
Be careful as Lifecolor paints can be cantankerous. Read up on lots of stuff before you use them for airbrushing. They are fine for brush painting.
JUL 27, 2015 - 01:44 PM
No problem Warren, I've been using Lifecolor for several years and if airbrushing they must be thinned a bit and a few drops of retarder added then they behave ok.
JUL 27, 2015 - 04:52 PM

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