Humbrol 'Authentic colours'


1a  Authentic colours listed by kit number
1b  Authentic colours added to the range after kits were discontinued
2    Authentic colours listed by tin number

Humbrol started its line of 'Authentic colours' in late 1967. Initially these colours were only sold in sets of four called kits. From 1974 on they were also sold separately, and Humbrol produced special paint lockers for shops to display them. A 1975 advertisement claimed that there were 98 Authentic Colours and 50 standard colours at the time. The Authentics line was ended in 1989. This webpage lists the kits with their contents, to show the system behind the individual tin codes. Without this knowledge, it's difficult to make sense of the 200 plus Authentic paints. The tins are also listed alphanumerically.

The 'kit' list is nearly complete. It appears that two Railroad sets are still missing. One is likely a set for C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway ?) and possibly one Railroad set with generic colours. The names of many Railroad colours are not confirmed yet, alternative versions are listed in square brackets. Comments in round brackets are Humbrol's.

Special thanks to Richard Humm, 'Smallscaleworld', Mario Wens, Dave 'Rossobantam', 'Tempestfan', Stephen Mortimer and Eric Verschuur.



Authentic colours listed by kit number


Kit photos

Humbrol Authentics were sold in a large variation
of packages. Four types are shown here.




One of several styles of the Authentic 'kit'
boxes. Note the brown and blue checkers
on the tins, with colour-painted lids.
Shown in 1973 and 1975 advertisements.




Another box version: a simple rectangular
version. The tins have white lids with a black
tin code that appears to be printed.
Shown in 1972 advertisement.




This more colourful box is probably a later
version. Note that the tins now have a yellow
and brown 'camouflage' pattern at the bottom,
with bare-metal lids with a white label.
(Ebay photo)




Of the four box types, this one has the most
'modern' look. The 'camouflaged' tins are better
visible here. They have bare-metal lids with a
white label. (Ricardo Dacoba photo)

Kit Description Number Name
1 Royal Air Force (European) HB1 Dark Green
HB2 Dark Earth
HB3 Ocean Grey
HB4 Duck Egg Blue
HB5 Sky Type S
HB6 Sea Grey Medium
2 Luftwaffe HG1 Schwarzgrun 70 (Black Green)
HG2 Dunkelgrun 71 (Dark Green)
HG3 Hellgrau 76 (Light Grey)
HG4 Dunkelgrau 74 (Dark Grey)
HG5 Hellblau 65 (Light Blue)
HG6 RLM Grau 02 (RLM Gray)
3 U.S.A.F. HU1 Medium Green 42
HU2 Olive Drab 41
HU3 Neutral Grey 43
HU4 Non Specular Sea Blue
HU5 Intermediate Blue
HU6 Light Grey
4 Fleet Air Arm HB5 Sky Type S
HB7 Extra Dark Sea Grey
HB8 Dark Slate Grey
HB9 Sea Blue Gloss
HB10 Night Black
HB11 Underside White
5 Royal Air Force (Overseas) HB2 Dark Earth
HB10 Night Black
HB11 Underside White
HB12 Mid Stone
HB13 Azure Blue
HB14 Airframe Silver
6 French Air Force HF1 Kaki (Khaki)
HF2 Vert (Green)
HF3 Terre Foncee (Dark Earth)
HF4 Gris Bleu Clair (Light Blue Grey)
HF5 Gris Bleu Fonce (Dark Blue Grey)
HF6 Chocolat (Chocolate)
7 Italian Air Force HI1 Mottle Green
HI2 Upper Green
HI3 Overall Green
HI4 Sand
HI5 Grey
HI6 Insignia White
8 Japanese Air Force HJ1 Green N.1
HJ2 Grey A/N.2
HJ3 Green A.3
HJ4 Mauve N.9
HJ5 Brown N.17
HJ6 Silver A.6
9 U.S.A.F. (Vietnam) HU7 Green 34079
HU8 Green 34102
HU9 Tan 30219
HU10 Grey 36622
HU11 Airframe White
HU12 Night Black
10 Military Vehicles HM1 8th Army Desert Yellow
HM2 Afrika Korps Desert Yellow
HM3 US Olive Drab
HM4 German Panzer Grey
HB1 Dark Green
HB2 Dark Earth
11N Naval Vehicles HN1 Light Grey
HN2 Dark Grey
HN3 Deck Green
HN4 Deck Bleached Teak
HN5 Hull Red
HN6 Black
12 World War I Aircraft HB15 RFC Green
HB16 Clear Doped Linen
HG7 German Pale Yellow
HG8 German Green
HG9 German Purple
HG10 German Light Blue
13 Royal Air Force (Post War),
also listed as N.A.T.O. Aircraft
HX1 Dark Green
HX2 Dark Sea Grey
HX3 P.R.U. Blue
HX4 Sea Grey Medium
HX5 Light Aircraft Grey
HX6 Extra Dark Sea Grey
14 Russian Aircraft HT1 Topside Green
HT2 Underside Blue
HT3 Surface Grey
HT4 Subframe Grey
HT5 Marker Red
HT6 Insignia Yellow
15 Sailing ships HC1 Fitting Copper
HC2 Hull Black
HC3 Sail White
HC4 Deck Plank
HC5 Mast Oak
HC6 Marker Yellow
16 Cockpit Colours HD1 Aircraft Grey - Green
HD2 Bright Green
HD3 Night Blue
HD4 Zinc Chromate Primer
HD5 Interior Green ANA 611
HG6 RLM Grau 02 (RLM Grey)
17 World War II & Post-War Tanks HP1 German Overall Sand
HP2 German Camouflage Red-brown
HP3 German Camouflage Medium Green
HP4 British Army Deep Bronze Green
HP5 US Marine Corps Green
HS215 Track Colour
18 ? ?
19 ? ?
20 ? ?
21 Combat Uniforms HM5 Field Blue
HM6 Field Grey
HM7 Khaki Drab
HM8 Khaki Drill
HM10 Navy Blue
HM11 Black
22 Ceremonial Uniforms HM9 Scarlet
HM12 Dark Blue
HM13 Dark Green
HM14 Crimson
HM15 Flesh
HM16 White
23 Military equipment HM11 Black
HM17 Gun Metal
HM18 Brass
HM19 Dark Wood
HM20 Silver Plate
HM21 Leather
24 British Napoleonic MC1 British Scarlet
MC2 Yellow Facings
MC3 Rifle Green
MC4 British Grey
MC5 British Crimson
MC6 Brown Bess
25 French/Prussian Napoleonic MC7 Dragoon Green
MC8 French Blue
MC9 Sky Blue
MC10 Polish Crimson
MC11 Orange Facings
MC12 Prussian Dragoon Blue
26 Standard Figures MC13 White
MC14 Black
MC15 Flesh
MC16 Gold
MC17 Silver
MC18 Brass
27 Military Equipment MC19 Antique Bronze
MC20 British Equipment Grey
MC21 French Artillery Green
MC22 Chestnut Brown
MC23 Gun Metal
MC24 Natural Wood
28 Ancients MC25 Unbleached Linen
MC26 Royal Purple
MC27 Hardened Leather
MC28 Green Leather
MC29 Red Leather
MC30 Unbleached Wool
29 ? ?
30 ? ?
31 L.N.E.R [London and North Eastern Railway] HR101 Loco Green [LNER Loco Green]
HR110 Red Oxide [BR Freight Stock Red Bauxite]
HR118 Garter Blue [LNER Garter Blue]
HR143 Brown
HR145 Dirty Black
HR217 Steel
32 L.M.S. [London, Midland and Scottish Railway] HR103 Lining Cream [GWR Coach Stock Cream BR Lining Cream]
HR107 Wagon Grey [LMS Wagon Grey]
HR116 Loco Crimson Lake [BR Coach Stock Crimson LMS Crimson Lake]
HR144 Coach Red
HR145 Dirty Black
HR217 Steel
33 G.W.R. [Great Western Railway] HR102 Coach Stock Chocolate [GWR Coach stock Chocolate]
HR103 Lining Cream [GWR Coach Stock Cream BR Lining Cream]
HR104 Standard Loco Green [GWR Standard Loco Green BR Green]
HR105 Freight Stock Grey [GWR Freight Stock Grey]
HR110 Indian Red [BR Freight Stock Red Bauxite]
HR145 Dirty Black
34 S.R. [Southern Railways] HR106 Green Malachite [SR Green Malachite]
HR113 Stock Green (Post War) [BR Multi-Stock Unit Green]
HR140 Olive Green
HR142 Wagon Brown
HR145 Dirty Black
HR217 Steel
35 B.R. (Passenger) [British Rail] HR112 Interior Paint Stone [BR Interior Paint Stone]
HR113 Multi-Stock Unit Green [BR Multi-Stock Unit Green]
HR114 Coach Stock Cream [BR Coach Stock Cream]
HR132 Orange Lining [BR Orange Lining]
HR135 Blue
HR136 Grey
36 B.R. (Freight) [British Rail] HR104 Green [GWR Standard Loco Green BR Green]
HR109 Roof Paint Lead [BR Roof Paint Lead]
HR110 Freight Stock Red Bauxite [BR Freight Stock Red Bauxite]
HR111 Freight Stock Grey [BR Freight Stock Grey]
HR137 Red
HR145 Dirty Black
37 Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Railway No. 1) HR146 Purporrot
HR147 Kobaltblau
HR148 Chromoxydgrun
HR149 Umbragrau
HR150 Rotbraun
HR151 Tiefschwarz
38 Deutsche Bundesbahn (German Railway No. 2) HR152 7021 Schwarzgrau
HR153 3018 Erdbeerrot
HR154 7032 Kieselgrau
HR155 5001 Grunblau
HR156 2002 Blutorange
HR157 Altes Metall
39 ? ?
40 ? ?
41 Sailing Vessels ?
51 Scenic (i) HS202 Concrete
HS205 Foliage
HS206 Grass Green
HS209 Tarmac
HS215 Track Colour
HS216 Rust
52 Scenic (ii) HS217 Steel
HS220 Signal Yellow
HS221 Signal Red
HS228 White
HS230 Brass
HS231 Copper
- Authentic Racing Colours kit 1 R301 French Racing Blue
R302 Mustang Yellow
R303 B.R.M. Green
R304 Mercedes White
R305 Daytona Orange
R306 Porsche Silver
- Authentic Racing Colours kit 2 R307 Racing Black
R308 Ferrari Red
R309 Metallic Green
R310 Metallic Red
R311 Metallic Blue
R312 Metallic Bronze


Authentic colours added to the range after kits were discontinued.

In 1981, thirty-six new colours were added to the Authentics line. In a 1982 advert, part of the HM and HR lines is no longer listed, as were the Racing colours.

Luftwaffe HG11 Mittelgrau RLM 75
HG12 Sandbraun RLM 79
HG13 Himmelblau RLM 78
HG14 Olivgrun RLM 80
HG15 Dunkelbraun RLM 61
HG16 Braunviolett RLM 81
HG17 Dunkelgrun RLM 82
WWII and Modern United States HU13 Azure Blue ANA 609
HU14 Blue FS 35414
HU15 Blue FS 35109
HU16 Blue FS 35164
HU17 Green FS 34258
HU18 Brown FS 30118
HU19 Blue FS 25237
HU20 Grey FS 36251
HU21 Grey FS 36307
HU22 Blue Grey ANA 603
HU23 Semi-Gloss Sea Blue ANA 606
HU24 Glossy Sea Blue ANA 623
HU25 Dark Gull Grey FS 36231
Modern US Navy USN1 Dark Grey FS 36118
USN2 Medium Grey FS 36270
USN3 Light Compass Ghost Grey FS 36375
USN4 Dark Compass Ghost Grey FS 36320
USN5 Light Gull Grey FS 36440
USN6 White FS 37875
Modern US Marines USM1 Marine Field Green FS 34097
Israeli Air Force IAF1 Earth FS 30219
IAF2 Green FS 34227
IAF3 Middlestone FS 33531
IAF4 Pale Blue FS 35622
Swedish Air Force SW1 Light Green 322M
SW2 Dark Olive Green 326M
SW3 Black 093M
SW4 Brown 507M
SW5 Blue Grey 058M
RAL RAL3024 Leuchtrot
RAL5012 [Lichtblau]
RAL6003 [Olivgrün]
RAL6012 [Schwarzgrün]
RAL6014-F9 [Gelboliv / NATO Oliv]
RAL6029 Minzgrün
RAL7001 [Silbergrau]
RAL7012 [Basaltgrau]
RAL7023 [Betongrau]
RAL7037 [Staubgrau]










Authentic colours listed by tin number

Code Series Description Kit Comments
HB1 Royal Air Force Dark Green 1, 10
HB2 Dark Earth 1, 5, 10
HB3 Ocean Grey 1
HB4 Duck Egg Blue 1
HB5 Sky type S 1, 4
HB6 Sea Grey Medium 1
HB7 Extra Dark Sea Grey 4
HB8 Dark Slate Grey 4 also listed as 'Russian Nap. Green' on a Humbrol flyer
HB9 Sea Blue Gloss 4
HB10 Night Black 4
HB11 Underside White 4
HB12 Mid Stone 5
HB13 Azure Blue 5
HB14 Airframe Silver 5
HB15 RFC Green 12
HB16 Clear Doped Linen 12
HC1 Sailing ships Fitting Copper 15
HC2 Hull Black 15
HC3 Sail White 15
HC4 Deck Plank 15
HC5 Mast Oak 15
HC6 Marker Yellow 15
HD1 Cockpit colours Aircraft Grey Green 16
HD2 Bright Green 16
HD3 Night Blue 16
HD4 Zinc Chromate Primer 16
HD5 Interior Green ANA 611 16
HF1 French Air Force Kaki (Khaki) 6
HF2 Vert (Green) 6
HF3 Terre Fonce (Dark Earth) 6
HF4 Gris Bleu Clair (Light Blue Grey) 6
HF5 Gris Bleu Fonce (Dark Blue Grey) 6
HF6 Chocolat (Chocolate) 6
HG1 German Air Force Schwarzgrun 70 (Black Green) 2
HG2 Dunkelgrun 71 (Dark Green) 2
HG3 Hellgrau 76 (Light Grey) 2
HG4 Dunkelgrau 74 (Dark Grey) 2
HG5 Hellblau 65 (Light Blue) 2
HG6 RLM Grau 02 (RLM Gray) 2, 16
HG7 German Pale Yellow 12
HG8 German Green 12
HG9 German Purple 12
HG10 German Light Blue 12
HG11 Mittelgrau RLM 75 - added in 1981
HG12 Sandbraun RLM 79 - added in 1981
HG13 Himmelblau RLM 78 - added in 1981
HG14 Olivgrun RLM 80 - added in 1981
HG15 Dunkelbraun RLM 61 - added in 1981
HG16 Braunviolett RLM 81 - added in 1981
HG17 Dunkelgrun RLM 82 - added in 1981
HI1 Italian Air Force Mottle Green 7
HI2 Upper Green 7
HI3 Overall Green 7
HI4 Sand 7
HI5 Grey 7
HI6 Insignia White 7
HJ1 Japanese Air Force Green N 1 8
HJ2 Grey A/N 2 8
HJ3 Green A 3 8
HJ4 Mauve N 9 8
HJ5 Brown N 17 8
HJ6 Silver A 6 8
HM1 Military vehicles 8th Army Desert Yellow 10
HM2 Africa Korps Desert Yellow 10
HM3 US Olive Drab 10
HM4 German Panzer Grey 10
HM5 Field Blue 21
HM6 Field Grey 21
HM7 Khaki Drab 21
HM8 Khaki Drill 21
HM9 Scarlet (Red) 22 deleted in 1981
HM10 Navy Blue 21
HM11 Black 21, 23
HM12 Dark Blue 22 deleted in 1981
HM13 Dark Green 22 deleted in 1981
HM14 Crimson 22 deleted in 1981
HM15 Flesh 22 deleted in 1981
HM16 White 22 deleted in 1981
HM17 Gun Metal 23 deleted in 1981
HM18 Brass 23 deleted in 1981
HM19 Dark Wood 23 deleted in 1981
HM20 Silver Plate 23 deleted in 1981
HM21 Leather 23 deleted in 1981
HN1 Naval vessels Light Grey 11
HN2 Dark Grey 11
HN3 Deck Green 11
HN4 Deck Bleached Teak 11
HN5 Hull red 11
HN6 Black 11
HP1 Panzer colours German Overall Sand 17
HP2 German Camouflaged Red Brown 17
HP3 German Camouflaged Medium Green 17
HP4 British Army Deep Bronze Green 17
HP5 US Marine Corps Green 17
HR101 Railway colours Loco Green 31
HR102 Coach Stock Chocolate [GWR Coach Stock Chocolate] 32, 33
HR103 Lining Cream [GWR Coach Stock Cream BR Lining Cream] 32, 33
HR104 Standard Loco Green / Green [GWR Standard Loco Green BR Green] 33, 36
HR105 Freight Stock Grey [GWR Freight Stock Grey] 33
HR106 Green Malachite [SR Green Malachite] 34
HR107 Wagon Grey [LMS Wagon Grey] 32
HR108 LMS Maroon BR Loco-Hauled Stock Maroon
HR109 Roof Paint Lead [BR Roof Paint Lead] 36
HR110 Red Oxide / Indian Red / Freight Stock Red Bauxite [BR Freight Stock Red Bauxite] 31, 33, 36
HR111 Freight Stock Grey [BR Freight Stock Grey] 36
HR112 Interior Paint Stone [BR Interior Paint Stone] 35
HR113 Stock Green (Post War) / Multi-Stock Unit Green [BR Multi-Stock Unit Green] 34, 35
HR114 Coach Stock Cream [BR Coach Stock Cream] 35
HR115 BR Loco-Hauled Stock Yellow Lining deleted in 1981
HR116 Crimson Lake [BR Coach Stock Crimson LMS Crimson Lake] 32
HR117 GE Blue deleted in 1981
HR118 Garter Blue [LNER Garter Blue] 31
HR119 Track Colour (matt) deleted in 1981
HR120 Signal Yellow deleted in 1981
HR121 Signal Red deleted in 1981
HR122 CPR Yellow deleted in 1981
HR123 CPR Tuscan Red deleted in 1981
HR124 CPR Grey deleted in 1981
HR125 CPR Yellow deleted in 1981
HR126 CPR Green deleted in 1981
HR127 Black deleted in 1981
HR128 White deleted in 1981
HR129 Silver deleted in 1981
HR130 Gold deleted in 1981
HR131 Copper deleted in 1981
HR132 Orange Lining [BR Orange Lining] 35
HR133 BR Deltic Blue deleted in 1981
HR134 SNCF Green deleted in 1981 (descriptions updated up to 134)
HR135 Blue 35
HR136 Grey 35
HR137 Red 36
HR138
HR139
HR140 Olive Green 34
HR141
HR142 Wagon Brown 34
HR143 Brown 31
HR144 Coach Red 32
HR145 Dirty Black 31, 32, 33, 36, 52?
HR146 3004 Purpurrot 37
HR147 5013 Kobaltblau 37
HR148 6020 Chromoxydgrun 37
HR149 7022 Umbragrau 37
HR150 8012 Rotbraun 37
HR151 9005 Tiefschwarz 37
HR152 7021 Schwarzgrau 38
HR153 3018 Erdbeerrot 38
HR154 7032 Kieselgrau 38
HR155 5001 Grunblau 38
HR156 2002 Blutorange 38
HR157 Altes Metall 38
HR217 Steel 31, 32
HS202 Scenic Concrete 51
HS205 Foliage 51
HS206 Grass Green 51
HS209 Tarmac 51
HS215 Track Colour 17, 51
HS216 Rust 51
HS217 Steel 52 deleted in 1981
HS220 Signal Yellow 52
HS221 Signal Red 52
HS228 White 52
HS230 Brass 52
HS231 Copper 52
HT1 Russian aircraft Topside Green 14
HT2 Undersurface Blue 14
HT3 Surface Grey 14
HT4 Subframe Grey 14
HT5 Marker Red 14
HT6 Insignia Yellow 14
HU1 US Air Force Medium Green 42 3
HU2 Olive Drab 41 3
HU3 Neutral Grey 43 3
HU4 Non Spectacular Sea Blue 3
HU5 Intermediate Blue 3
HU6 Light Grey 3
HU7 Green FS34079 9
HU8 Green FS34102 9
HU9 Tan FS30219 9
HU10 Grey FS36622 9
HU11 Airframe White 9
HU12 Night Black 9
HU13 Azure Blue ANA 609 - added in 1981
HU14 Blue FS35414 - added in 1981
HU15 Blue FS35109 - added in 1981
HU16 Blue FS35164 - added in 1981
HU17 Green FS34258 - added in 1981
HU18 Brown FS30118 - added in 1981
HU19 Blue FS35237 - added in 1981
HU20 Grey FS36251 - added in 1981
HU21 Grey FS36307 - added in 1981
HU22 Blue Grey ANA 603 - added in 1981. This seems to be an error: ANA 603 was Sea Gray, which replaced the earlier USN standard Blue Gray in 1943
HU23 Semi Gloss Sea Blue ANA 606 - added in 1981
HU24 Glossy sea Blue ANA 623 - added in 1981
HU25 Dark Gull Grey FS 36231 - added in 1981
HX1 Royal Air Force (Modern) Dark Green 13
HX2 Dark Sea Grey 13
HX3 PRU Blue 13
HX4 Sea Grey Medium 13
HX5 Light Aircraft Grey 13
HX6 Extra Dark Sea Grey 13
HX7 Barley Grey
HX8 Hemp
IAF1 Israeli Air Force Earth FS30219 - added in 1981
IAF2 Green FS34227 - added in 1981
IAF3 Middlestone FS33531 - added in 1981
IAF4 Pale Blue FS35622 - added in 1981
MC1 Military Colours British Scarlet 24
MC2 Yellow Facings 24
MC3 Rifle Green 24
MC4 British Grey 24
MC5 British Crimson 24
MC6 Brown Bess 24
MC7 Dragoon Green 25
MC8 French Blue 25
MC9 Sky Blue 25
MC10 Polish Crimson 25
MC11 Orange Facings 25
MC12 Prussian Dragoon Blue 25
MC13 White 26
MC14 Black 26
MC15 Flesh 26
MC16 Gold 26
MC17 Silver 26
MC18 Brass 26
MC19 Antique Bronze 27
MC20 British Equipment Grey 27
MC21 French Artillery Green 27
MC22 Chestnut Brown 27
MC23 Gun Metal 27
MC24 Natural Wood 27
MC25 Unbleached Linen 28
MC26 Royal Purple 28
MC27 Hardened Leather 28
MC28 Green Leather 28
MC29 Red Leather 28
MC30 Unbleached wool 28
R301 Racing Colours French Racing Blue ARC1
R302 Mustang Yellow ARC1
R303 B.R.M. Green ARC1
R304 Mercedes White ARC1
R305 Daytona Orange ARC1
R306 Porsche Silver ARC1
R307 Racing Black ARC2
R308 Ferrari Red ARC2
R309 Metallic Green ARC2
R310 Metallic Red ARC2
R311 Metallic Blue ARC2
R312 Metallic Bronze ARC2
RAL3024 RAL Leuchtrot -
RAL5012 [Lichtblau] -
RAL6003 [Olivgrün] -
RAL6012 [Schwarzgrün] -
RAL6014-F9 [Gelboliv / NATO Oliv] -
RAL6029 Minzgrün -
RAL7001 [Silbergrau] -
RAL7012 [Basaltgrau] -
RAL7023 [Betongrau] -
RAL7037 [Staubgrau] -
SW1 Swedish Air Force Light Green 322M - added in 1981
SW2 Dark Olive Green 326M - added in 1981
SW3 Black 093M - added in 1981
SW4 Brown 507M - added in 1981
SW5 Blue Grey 058M - added in 1981
USM1 US Marine Corps (modern) Marine Field Green FS34097 - added in 1981
USN1 US Navy (modern) Dark Grey FS36118 - added in 1981
USN2 Medium Grey FS36270 - added in 1981
USN3 Light Compass Ghost Grey FS36375 - added in 1981
USN4 Dark Compass Grey FS36320 - added in 1981
USN5 Light Gull Grey FS36440 - added in 1981
USN6 White FS37875 - added in 1981


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