Humbrol tin evolution

By Rob de Bie and Eric Verschuur



Notes:

This is a research page, showing what we found so far. Nothing is set in concrete. If you have comments, please let us know.

The order of tins is derived from study of the tins and old Humbrol leaflets and colour charts. It is not based directly on Humbrol information.

Range expansion/reduction dating is not confirmed, and usually placed between double brackets to indicate uncertainty of the timing.

This page only lists the popular small tinlets, not the larger tins that Humbrol also produced in much smaller numbers. The number of different tins shown is currently more than 80.

Variations in the lids also occur: painted or white, with a printed or stamped number, etcetera. These differences are largely ignored in this tin overview. An attempt is made to include lid information from now on.

Thanks to: Rob van Riel (Netherlands) for photos of three tin types, Mario Wens (Netherlands) for great leads, Ricardo Dacoba (Argentina) for photos of the oldest tin, Dreamjourney1 (Japan) for a photo of an old bottle of thinner, Huub van Dijk (Netherlands) for his donation of a collection of old tins, John Walker (UK), Leif Hellström (Sweden), Richard Humm (UK) and Lee Harris (UK) for his research and photos that revealed nine more tin types.






Standard range

  
Era:
Tin shown: 1956 advertisement (Lee Harris)
Front: 'Humbrol Enamel' text
Back:
Label:
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: 1956 and 1958 advertisements
Tin shown: 23 Duck Egg Blue matt (Lee Harris)
Front: 'Humbrol' text in the red logo type that is still used, 'Art oil' and 'Enamel' texts in black, 'HOC' logo in red. Background is white with golden stripes and a black band at the bottom
Back: text in English only, '1/2 fl. oz. imp'
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: the design of this tin reflects nearly all elements of some Britfix products, like a bicycle tyre repair set: white background with golden horizontal stripes, black band at the bottom, black product text and red logo. Bottom is attached with a flange, this is not a deep drawn tin. "20 colours to choose from" in April 1956 advertisement
  
Era: 1956 and 1958 advertisements
Tin shown: 21 Black gloss (Lee Harris)
Front: same as above, but 10% larger. Gold stripes are narrower at the top
Back: same as above, but slightly larger
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: same as above
  
Era: 1959, 1960 and 1961 advertisements
Tin shown: 21 (Lee Harris)
Front: logo consisting of a yellow and black circle with a red horizontal bar with 'Humbrol' text. 'Art oil' text in yellow part, 'Plastic enamel' text in black part. Tartan-like background in very light and dark grey. 'New' in red on the left side in
Back: red band with HOC logo and texts 'lead free' and 'dries in minutes'. Instructions in English
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: the first deep drawn tin type. The tin is slightly taller than later tins, at 29.5 to 30 mm between the flange and the bottom. The bottom of the tins was painted white. Range of 34 colors. The design of this tin copied nearly all elements of Britfix products, like the bicycle tyre repair set: the grey tartan background, the yellow & black circle, and the company name in white on a red background.
  
Era: 1959, 1960 and 1961 advertisements
Tin shown: 1 Eau de Nil (Huub van Dijk)
Front: same as above
Back: same as above, but with a narrower red band, and 'lead free' and 'dries in minutes' in the red band deleted
Label: same as above
Lid:
Comments: same as above. Height is 29.5 to 30 mm between the flange and the bottom.
  
Era: 1959, 1960 and 1961 advertisements
Tin shown: 33 Matt Black (Lee Harris)
Front: same as above, but with 'MATT' on either side of the Humbrol logo. The tartan pattern is in very light and dark grey.
Back: same as above
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: same as above. Height is 29.5 to 30 mm between the flange and the bottom.
  
Era: 1959, 1960 and 1961 advertisements
Tin shown: 17 Flesh (Huub van Dijk)
Front: same as above, but with 'MATT' on either side of the Humbrol logo, and the tartan pattern is blue on white
Back: same as above
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: same as above. Height is 29.5 to 30 mm between the flange and the bottom.
  
Era: 1959, 1960 and 1961 advertisements
Tin shown: 9 Tan (Lee Harris)
Front: same as two tins above
Back: same as two tins above
Label: same as two tins above
Lid:
Comments: The tin is slightly lower than the previous tins, at 28.5 to 29 mm between the flange and the bottom. Whether it's the oldest or newest of the two is a bit of a guess, but since subsequent tins have the same size, the best guess it's the newest of the two.
  
Era: 1959, 1960 and 1961 advertisements
Tin shown: 23 Duck Egg Blue (Lee Harris)
Front: same as two tins above
Back: same as two tins above
Label: same as two tins above
Lid:
Comments: the tin is slightly lower version of three tins above, at 28.5 to 29 mm between the flange and the bottom.
  
Era:
Tin shown: ? (Lee Harris)
Front: same basic design as above, but with 'Liquid' instead of 'One Hour' and the colour (Gold / Silver / Copper) instead of 'Plastic Enamel'. The Humbrol lettering is slightly smaller than the next tin design.
Back: looks mostly like the tin below
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: fits in with the above two tins. It is an aluminium tin with white-painted or unpainted bottom.
  
Era: 1960, 1961, 1962
Tin shown: 6 Pale Cream (Huub van Dijk)
Front: logo consisting of a yellow and black circle with a red horizontal bar with 'Humbrol' text. Humbrol text is taller than before. 'One Hour' text in yellow part, 'Plastic enamel' text in black part. A white border surrounds the circle and the bar. Tartan-like background in very light and dark grey.
Back: instructions in English, '1/2 fl. oz. imp' on the side. The red band at the top has been made roughly half the previous height
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: all tins from now on are of the 'lower' type, at 28.5 to 29 mm between the flange and the bottom. Also, the material of the deep-drawn part was changed from aluminium to steel. The flange and lid remained steel.
  
Era:
Tin shown: light grey (Huub van Dijk)
Front: same as above, but with 'Matt' on either side of the Humbrol logo, and the tartan pattern is blue on white
Back: same as above
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: the blue tartan pattern indicates a matt colour
  
Era: 1962, 1965 advertisements
Tin shown: 2 (Huub van Dijk)
Front: logo consisting of a yellow and black circle with a red horizontal bar with 'Humbrol' text. 'One hour' text in yellow part, 'Enamel' text in black part. Tartan-like background in very light and dark grey
Back: instructions in English, '14 c.c.' on one side and '1/2 fl. oz. imp' on the other side
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: (( Range consisted of 34 colours. ))
  
Era:
Tin shown: 29 (Huub van Dijk)
Front: same as above, but with 'Matt' to the right of the Humbrol logo, and the tartan pattern is blue on white
Back: instructions in English, '14 c.c.' on one side and '1/2 fl. oz. imp' on the other side
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: the blue tartan pattern indicates a matt colour
  
Era:
Tin shown: 12 (Huub van Dijk)
Front: same basic design as above, but with 'Liquid' instead of 'One Hour' and the colour (Gold / Silver / Copper) instead of 'Plastic Enamel'. '1/2 Fl. Oz. Imp.' in two circles on the sides (barely visible in photo)
Back: same as above
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era:
Tin shown: 16 (Huub van Dijk)
Front: same as above, but with '1/2 Fl. Oz. Imp.' in circle on left-hand side, '14cc' in circle on right-hand side (barely visible in photo)
Back: HOC logo deleted, 'Non poisonous' added, slightly more text
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: appears to have been introduced in 1965. 1965 and 1967 advertisements
Tin shown: 13 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: white on red Humbrol logo, then a gold band, 'Enamel' text, red band and lastly a grey band with 'Non-poisonous' text.
Back: text in six languages on rear side: English, French, German, Italian, Swedish and Spanish.
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: the design of this tin reflects nearly all elements of some Britfix products, like a bicycle tyre repair set: white on red logo, a gold band, product name text, and lastly a grey and a red band at the bottom. (( Range expanded to 49 colours. ))
  
Era: May 1970, 1972, 1975 and 1978 included
Tin shown: 64 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: grey band no longer extends to the bottom of tin
Back: 'Shake then stir well' (in red capital text) instead of 'Stir well', but not in the other languages!
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: (((( Range expanded to 80 colours (numbers go up to 99). ))))
  
Era: 1971 advertisement
Tin shown: 29 (Huub van Dijk)
Front: white on red Humbrol logo, 'MATT' to the right, then a gold band, 'Enamel' text, red band and lastly a blue band with 'Non-poisonous' text
Back: text in six languages on rear side: English, French, German, Italian, Swedish and Spanish.
Label:
Lid: printed on tin
Comments: the blue band indicates a matt colour, as with the 'Art oil' and 'One hour' series. However, matt colours were also sold in the 'grey band' tin shown above. Judging from the relative small number of this type of tins in various collections, it could be a short-lived variant
  
Era: 1978-1980 included
Tin shown: 91 (Andre Hoogstad)
Front: front side reduced to 1/3 of circumference, to make room for more text on the back. Gold band under Humbrol prone to fading
Back: three columns of text. Text identical but larger
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: (( Range expanded to 80 colours (numbers go up to 99), possibly in 1978 (brochure proudly shows the figure '80' made from tins . ))
  
Era: 1982 advertisement
Tin shown: 20 (Rob de Bie)
Front: front side increased to roughly 45% of circumference. 'Non-poisonous' label deleted. Blue band could be an indication that the paint formulation was changed somewhat (thinning is best done with Humbrol thinner or alternatively white spirit)
Back: text made slighter smaller, and 'non-poisonous' text deleted from all languages. 'Division of Borden (UK) Ltd' added
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: range expanded to 116 colours (numbers go up to 135) around 1983-1985
  
Era:
Tin shown: 105 (Rob de Bie)
Front: white on red Humbrol logo changed to red Humbrol lettering. Red-white-blue banner added, blue banner at bottom simplified. Alternatively you can say the narrow blue band moved upwards. 'Enamel' text slightly larger and fatter
Back:
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: 1993 advertisment
Tin shown: 127 (Andre Hoogstad)
Front: 'Enamel' replaced by 'Color', possibly because the word 'enamel' was not understood outside the UK
Back: 'Division of Borden (UK) Ltd' removed
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: (( Range expanded to 184 colours (numbers go up to 209) to include part of the deleted Authentics paint range. ))
  
Era:
Tin shown: 68 (Rob de Bie)
Front: front side made narrower, roughly 30% of circumference, to make room for the back side
Back: additional column with recycling symbol, age statement and other text. 'Humbrol metallics cannot be overcoated' text added to all languages.
Label: shrink plastic
Lid: painted lids and white lids with a coloured sticker were used
Comments: (( Range expanded to 184 colours (numbers go up to 209) to include part of the deleted Authentics paint range. ))
  
Era:
Tin shown: 87 (Andre Hoogstad)
Front: Humbrol logo enhanced with multi-coloured paint 'scribble' on the left side. 'Color' replaced by 'Enamel' as before. Red stripe under 'Humbrol' deleted. Text 'Enamel Paint Peinture Email Emailfarbe' added below blue band
Back: 'flammable' warnings are added. Fonts made smaller and leaner.
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments: Range reduced to 140 colours (numbers go up to 250).
  
Era: 1997 included
Tin shown: 69 (Rob de Bie)
Front: basically as above, but with 'Super' text added in yellow, and 'Enamel' placed lower
Back: text in two columns, seven languages
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments: introduction of 'Super Enamel' formulation. 15 micron colour particle size. Range expanded to 151 colours (numbers go up to 250). As compensation for the previous reduction Humbrol issued a 'Super Paint Colour System' / 'Colour Mixing binder' with mixing instructions for many military colours. Although very accurate, this was not popular with modelers.
  
Era:
Tin shown: 170 (Rob de Bie)
Front: same as above, but the blue bar now contains 'Enamel - Peinture Email - Email-Farbe' text
Back: barcode added, pictograms instead of text showing mixing and drying instructions
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: 2002, 2004 included
Tin shown: 126 (Rob de Bie)
Front: red 'Humbrol' with a blue shadow, slightly larger fonts used
Back: chemicals and allergy warning removed, just 'flammable - inflammable' in nine languages
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments: maybe this tin was produced simultaneously with the one below? This would then be the 'world' version, the tin below the 'Euro' version
  
Era: 2005, 2006 included
Tin shown: 33 (Rob de Bie)
Front: slightly smaller fonts used
Back: chemicals added, allergy warning, possibly because of EU regulations?
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments: reportedly produced in China with resulting quality problems. Range extended with 13 new colours (173 and 237-249) in, probably around November 2012 (Telford IPMS UK)
  
Era:
Tin shown: 241 (Rob de Bie)
Front: blue 'wave' at the bottom
Back: covers 2/3rds of the tin now. Left side contains mainly safety warnings in English, French and Dutch in a red rectangle, red and yellow Hornby logo at the bottom. Right side has the same pictograms as before, plus UK flag and 'Made in the UK' text. Media reports from November 2012 state that production was moved from China to Rustins Ltd in Cricklewood (UK). Most likely production was started July 2012, still using the previous tin design.
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era:
Tin shown: 11 (Rob de Bie)
Front: magenta 'wave' at the bottom
Back: same as above, but both text and pictograms are now contained in a single black rectangle
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments: the tin shape is slightly different: instead of a straight taper, the bottom half now has more curvature
  
Era: 2017 included
Tin shown: 127 (Rob de Bie)
Front: wave color back to blue
Back: same as above, but the black rectangle is deleted. No logo for Hornby, just the text 'Hornby Hobbies'. Blue band at the bottom deleted
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments: continuation of the new tin shape
  
Era: 2017 included
Tin shown: 127 (Rob de Bie)
Front: blue wave, 'Enamel' in blue, 'Humbrol' in red, similar to previous designs
Back: pictograms for mixing/shaking and drying, safety warnings, Hornby logo and company data
Label: sticker that partially covers the tin, with a peel-back layer for safety information in English, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Italian and Spanish
Lid: bare metal with a coloured sticker, with tin number in white lettering.
Comments: return of the old tin shape with a straight (very slight) taper. Lids are no longer painted, simple coloured sticker instead
  
Era: 2021 included
Tin shown: 10 (Rob de Bie)
Front: the 'front' is now only 20% of the circumference, the rest is taken by warnings. It is a miniature version of the previous tin, with contact details below
Back: safety warnings in English and German, no instructions for usage
Label: sticker
Lid: bare metal with a coloured sticker, with tin number in white lettering.
Comments: the tin shown has the new label added over the previous label. Maybe the peel-back label did not conform to regulations?


Standard range - French versions

  
Era:
Tin shown: ? (Airfix Collecting forum)
Front: standard Humbrol logo in white and red, 'Enamel / Email' in black (French spelling of enamel), 'Net 14 ml' followed by 'Enamel paint - Painture email'
Back: unknown
Label: unknown
Lid:
Comments:


Standard range - Dutch / Belgian versions

  
Era:
Tin shown: ? (Airfix Collecting forum)
Front: standard Humbrol logo in white and red, 'Enamel paint' in black, 'Voor ieder klusje een Humbrol busje' ('For every job a Humbrol tinlet', a free translation of the old Humbrol slogan 'A colour for every purpose'), and a colorful background of toys and household items
Back: unknown
Label: unknown
Lid:
Comments: I've never seen this tin although I live in the Netherlands!


Standard range - US versions

  
Era:
Tin shown: 133 (Lots of Models)
Front: red Humbrol lettering, then a red-white-blue banner, 'Color' and a blue banner
Back:
Label: looks like a sticker, possibly wrapped around a standard European tin?
Lid:
Comments: looks like the ~1990 European version
  
Era:
Tin shown: ? (Ebay)
Front: standard Humbrol logo in white and red, 'for master modelers' in black, 'Enamel' in black, 'Net 1/2 fl oz' followed by warnings in red: 'Caution flammable - Harmful or fatal if swallowed - See cautions elsewehere on label'
Back: unknown
Label: unknown
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: 1997 included
Tin shown: ? (Ebay)
Front: as above but with larger blue text box
Back: text in English only?
Label: shrink plastic
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era:
Tin shown: ? (Sprue Brothers)
Front: modernised Humbrol logo, red with a blue shadow; colour 'scribble' on the left side; 'Enamel' and 'Email' in blue, 'Combustible' in black; blue banner at the bottom
Back:
Label: sticker, possibly wrapped around a standard European tin?
Lid:
Comments: the tin underneath the sticker appears to be the 2006 European version
  
Era:
Tin shown: 84 (Lots of Models)
Front: as above, minus the French 'Email' and with the 'combustible' warning in a black rectangle, with 'vapor harmful, read cautions on side' text added
Back:
Label: sticker, possibly wrapped around a standard European tin?
Lid:
Comments: the tin underneath the sticker appears to be the 2006 European version
  
Era:
Tin shown: 24 (Lots of Models)
Front: 'Blue wave' design as on the European tins
Back:
Label: sticker, possibly wrapped around a standard European tin?
Lid:
Comments: tin looks like the 2017 tapered tin from the standard European range


Authentic colours



  
Era: shown in 1968 flyer
Tin shown: HU1 (Rob de Bie)
Front: camouflage bands circling top and bottom of the tin. Yellow and brown camouflage spots
Back:
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: 1972 included
Tin shown: HU4 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: three brown-blue-brown blocks at the bottom
Back: 'Stir well' instead of 'Shake then stir well' instruction (see H13 Eric Verschuur)
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: judging from the relative small number of this type of tins in various collections, it could be a short-lived variant. The 'Authentics' range consisted of 22 sets of 6 colours each. The tins were available individually or as sets of 6; these sets had instructions included describing their use.
  
Era: May 1970, 1973, 1975 and 1978 advertisements
Tin shown: HG1 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: brown-blue blocks at the bottom now circle the tin, but the height is reduced on the rear side
Back:
Label: printed on tin. The label on this particular tin is likely applied too low
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: May 1970, 1973, 1975, 1978 and 1979 advertisements
Tin shown: HU1 (Andre Hoogstad)
Front:
Back: text all black instead of red and black
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: judging from the relative small number of this type of tins in various collections, it could be a short-lived variant.
  
Era: 1974 and 1977 advertisements
Tin shown: HG1 (Ebay)
Front: standard Humbrol logo in white and red, 'for master modelers' in black, 'authentic color' in blue, 'Net 1/2 fl oz' followed by warnings in red: 'Caution flammable - Harmful or fatal if swallowed - See cautions elsewehere on label'
Back: unknown
Label: unknown
Lid:
Comments: a tin for the American market, in a cooperation with Model Rectifier Company (MRC)
  
Era: 1980 and 1981 advertisements
Tin shown: HS217 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: six brown-blue blocks at the bottom, no longer circling the tin
Back: 'Division of Borden (UK) Ltd' added. 'Non-toxic' deleted from texts. Text reverted to black and red.
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: ((Range expanded to 144 colours.))
  
Era: 1985 and 1989 advertisements
Tin shown: RAL6014 (Rob de Bie)
Front: sticker in black and gold
Back:
Label:
Lid: sticker
Comments: Authentics stopped in 1989.
On the Hyperscale forum, Edgar Brooks reported that 'After a whole raft of complaints that some were no longer accurate, a check revealed that the foreman, instead of checking each batch against a colour card, had been checking each one against a sample taken from the previous batch, hence the gradual drift that no-one had noticed. Rather than go through the hassle (and expense) of recalling every tin, and checking it, the decision was taken to drop the whole range, and start again.' This information came from Humbrol factory staff. Graham Boak added that 'When they stopped selling them only in sets, and the Authentics tins became available separately, there was a step change in the accuracy of the representation. I accept that this might be difficult to prove after so many years, but if there was an gradual deterioration this was additional to the original changes.'



Railway colours

  
Era:
Tin shown: ? (Ricardo Dacoba)
Front: logo consisting of a yellow and black circle with a red horizontal bar with 'Humbrol' text. 'Railway' text in yellow part, 'Enamel' text in black part. Tartan-like background in pink and red.
Back: instructions in English
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: bottom is attached with a flange, this is not a deep drawn tin
  
Era:
Tin shown: ? (John Walker)
Front: same as previous tin design
Back: top row text: "Authentic - HOC (in logo) - Semi-matt". Instructions in English
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: deep drawn tin with integral bottom


Authentic Railway colours

  
Era: 1968 flyer, 1972 included
Tin shown: HR104 GWR Standard Loco Green (Lee Harris)
Front: horizontal bar with 'Humbrol' text, 'Authentic' and 'Railway enamel' texts split by a green locomotive. Bands of green and black squares circle the tin, rest is white
Back: brief instructions in six langauges (English, French, German, Italian, Swedish, Spanish)
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: the range consisted of 8 sets of 6 colours each, with HRxxx numbers. The tins were available individually or as sets of 6; these sets had instructions included describing their use.


Scenic Paint

  
Era:
Tin shown: ? (John Walker)
Front: logo consisting of a yellow and black circle with a red horizontal bar with 'Humbrol' text. 'Scenic' text in yellow part, 'Enamel' text in black part. Tartan-like background in very light and medium green
Back: top row text: "Authentic - HOC (in logo) - Matt". Instructions in English
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: bottom is attached with a flange, this is not a deep drawn tin
  
Era:
Tin shown: ? Grass Green
Front: same as previous tin design
Back:
Label:
Lid:
Comments: deep drawn tin with integral bottom


International Racing colours

  
Era: introduced 1965, shown in 1965 and 1966 advertisements
Tin shown: R303 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: yellow/black checkers band, Humbrol logo in red and white, 'international' in black, a yellow street car with two finish flags, 'Racing Colours' text, yellow/black checkers band
Back:
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: released alongside 'Authentic Railway colours'. Introduction advertisement list twelve colours.
  
Era:
Tin shown: R309
Front: Humbrol logo in black, red band with front view of a 'sixties single-seater and two finish flags, 'racing colours' text
Back:
Label:
Lid:
Comments: Likely the second tin style. Photo credit: Sean Rothman
  
Era:
Tin shown: R310
Front: standard Authentic Colour tin
Back:
Label:
Lid:
Comments: HC310 stamped on the lid, refill box marked 'Metallic Red R810'. Photo credit: T-shirt Tony


Metal Cote

  
Era: 1985 advertisement says they were new
Tin shown: 8188 steel (Rob de Bie)
Front:
Back:
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: six colours, later reduced to four (gold and bronze deleted). Introduced when the standard range tins first had 'Color' instead of 'Enamel'
  
Era: roughly 1995, similar to first regular tin with 'paint scrible' Humbrol logo, but pre 'Super Enamel'
Tin shown: 27004 steel (Eric Verschuur)
Front: Humbrol logo enhanced with multi-coloured paint 'scribble' on the left side
Back:
Label: sticker over shrink foil
Lid:
Comments: 5-digit number instead of 4-digit number, not related
  
Era: 2002 included
Tin shown:
Front: completely redesigned label, equivalent of one from the standard ranges
Back:
Label:
Lid: shrink foil ?
Comments:
  
Era: 2013 included
Tin shown: 27001 (Rob de Bie)
Front: again a completely redesigned label, medium grey background with a 'metallic' blue band with 'Metal Cote'
Back: instructions and safety warnings in English and German. No logo for Hornby, just the text 'Hornby Hobbies'
Label: paper sticker
Lid:
Comments: a transparent plastic warning label with a raised triangle (for the blind probably) added to the rear side
  
Era: 2016 included
Tin shown: 27003 (Rob de Bie)
Front: again a completely redesigned label, with a light gray instead of blue 'wave' at the bottom
Back: covers 2/3rds of the tin now. Left side contains mainly safety warnings in English, French and Dutch in a red rectangle, red and yellow Hornby logo at the bottom. Right side has the same pictograms as before, plus UK flag and 'Made in the UK' text
Label: paper sticker
Lid:
Comments:


Polyurethane

  
Era: 1978 included
Tin shown: H35 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: vertical blue bar positioned left of center and interrupted by white on red Humbrol logo and black 'CLEAR polyurethane' text, the word CLEAR in black outline.
Back: two columns of text in six languages on rear side: English, French, German, Italian, Swedish and Spanish. 'NON-POISONOUS. Stir well.' in text.
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: unlike the other gloss enamel colours, this gloss clear was claimed to be resistant to model airplane fuels (containing nitromethane) hence the different label on the front of the tin. The lid was stamped 'CLEAR 35'. From the same era as the first pictured tin in the standard range.


Marine

  
Era:
Tin shown:
Front: design similar to the 'One hour' regular tins: a yellow and black circle with a red horizontal bar with 'Humbrol' text. 'Marine' text in yellow part, 'Clear varnish' text in black part.
Back: instructions appear to be different from the regular 'One hour' tins
Label: probably printed on
Lid:
Comments: most likely a formulation different from the regular enamel


Fluorescent Paint

  
Era: 1958 advertisement
Tin shown: Saturn Yellow
Front: 'Fluorescent' and 'Hi-Glo' texts, in a circle with 'light rays' around it. 'MATT' texts left and right. Tartan-like background in blue, indicating matt paint.
Back: English instructions only. HOC logo at top.
Label: probably printed
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era:
Tin shown:
Front:
Back: instructions: must be painted on Base White, and thinned with (nitro) cellulose thinner.
Label: sticker
Lid:
Comments: Borden era. Had no numbers assigned. The standard range matt white was changed later so it could be used too as a base for fluorescent paint.
  
Era: 1968 flyer
Tin shown: gloss blaze (John Walker)
Front: 'Humbrol' in white, 'Fluorescent' in script lettering, 'PAINT' in a simple font, bands above and below, 'GLOSS' at the bottom. It seems the bands and 'Fluorescent' are always in red.
Back: unknown
Label: appears to be a paper sticker
Lid:
Comments: the lid label missing from the tin pictured
  
Era: probably as above
Tin shown: Signal Green (Leif Hellström)
Front: same as above but 'Matt' instead of 'Gloss' at the bottom
Back:
Label:
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: probably as above
Tin shown: Saturn Yellow and Aurora Pink
Front: 'Humbrol' in white, 'Fluorescent' in script lettering, 'GLOSS' in a simple font, bands above and below. The bands and 'Fluorescent' are in the colour of the paint
Back: unknown
Label: appears to be a paper sticker
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era:
Tin shown: 207 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: black and red with Humbrol logo and 'Fluorescent paint gloss' text
Back: instructions changed to: must be painted on Base White (206), and can be thinned with Humbrol Enamel Thinner
Label: sticker
Lid:
Comments: Borden era. Paint composition apparently changed. Range now includes gloss fluorescent colours. Assigned a number in the standard range (192-209 range)
  
Era:
Tin shown: 207 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: same as above, but 'MATT' instead of 'GLOSS'
Back: likely similar
Label:
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era:
Tin shown: 203 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: identical to the tin in the standard range
Back: instructions changed to standard text without special instructions
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: Borden era


Glow Paint

  
Era:
Tin shown: #? (Rob van Riel)
Front: standard Humbrol logo, large dark blue rectangle with 'Glow' text, followed by a light blue band
Back: text 'Stir thoroughly. Apply thin coat over matt white base. For exterior use recoat with clear varnish after 24 hours'
Label: sticker over tin like 105 (currentlty the sixteenth tin in the standard range)
Lid:
Comments: tin was packaged in a cardboard box. One use was formation ('slime') lights on US jets. After years they still glow in the dark!
  
Era: roughly 1995, similar to first regular tin with 'paint scrible' Humbrol logo, but pre 'Super Enamel'
Tin shown: #? (I8534)
Front: dark blue with greenish-glowing text 'Glow', red Humbrol text with small colour 'scribble' at left top
Back:
Label: paper sticker
Lid:
Comments:


Clear colour

  
Era: roughly 1995, similar to first regular tin with 'paint scrible' Humbrol logo, but pre 'Super Enamel'
Tin shown: ? (internet)
Front: white background with 'paint scrible' Humbrol logo, large 'CLEAR' and small 'COLOUR' in orange-to-yellow rectangle, very small 'transparant paint' at the bottom
Back:
Label: unknown
Lid:
Comments: appears printed on tin
  
Era:
Tin shown: 1321 clear amber (internet)
Front: grey or metallic background with 'paint scrible' Humbrol logo and 'Clear Colour' in orange in a white rectangle
Back:
Label: appears printed on tin
Lid:
Comments:
  
Era: 2017 on
Tin shown: ? (internet)
Front: similar to the 2017 standard tin: blue wave, 'Enamel' in blue, 'Humbrol' in red, similar to previous designs
Back:
Label: sticker, partially covering the tin
Lid:
Comments:


Revell paint made by Humbrol

  
Era: pre 1979
Tin shown: R49 (Eric Verschuur)
Front: Revell logo in yellow, white, black and red on a rectangular yellow background, then red text FARBE on white and lastly black text 'NICHT GIFTIG' on white square over yellow background
Back: Four columns of text on rear side: German, English, Swedish and Italian. Two red bars spanning two columns each with white text, the first one reading 'Auch für Holz, Glas u. Keramik' the second one carrying the Humbrol logo. Below the red bars french text is spread out.
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: this Revell tin ended up being used (accidentally?) by Humbrol, and was distributed in a batch of Humbrol paint. The lid was stamped 'MATT 49', 49 being the Humbrol series code for matt clear.


Monogram paint made by Humbrol

  
Era: 1985 included (advertisement FSM Sep/Oct 1985 p10g)
Tin shown: #? (Rob van Riel)
Front: Monogram logo in red, white and blue, Humbrol text in red in the usual font, red and blue stripes, texts 'Enamel', 'Net 1/2 fl oz' and 'Caution: combustible See cautions on back'
Back: text in two columns, English only
Label: printed on tin
Lid:
Comments: a short-lived co-opereration, that probably started in 1985. Range of 52 colours. Monogram models from that year included a leaflet offering three free tins, the offer expiring 31 December 1986.
  
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Tin shown:
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Various photos

The six-colour Authentic sets were sold individually and in these
boxes, with instructions. The boxes for aircraft colours had light
blue sides, AFV colours light green, military colours purple-blue,
railway colours yellow-green, and ship colours light grey-blue. They
are shown in a 1973 advertisement.
The yellow and brown camouflaged Authentic tins
were also available as six tin sets in an
oversize box. The same box was also used
for tins shown in the third row. (Ebay photo)
And another Authentics packaging variant. (Ebay photo) And yet another. (Ebay photo)
The six tinlet boxes that the original tins
came in. (Ricardo Dacoba photo)
A mint bottle of Humbrol enamel thinner from around 1967
(photo by Dreamjourney1)


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