The Vallejo Navy Color Series is a collections of sets designed to assist the modeler in the process of painting ships and submarines of the WWI and WWII. The colors have been formulated to reproduce faithfully the originals used according to military norms and nomenclatures and the particular operational theatre. The assistance of historical and military experts has been of great value in the design and concept of these sets.
A selection of 8 colors for painting WWII war ships most common in service in Germany, such as submarines and support vessels. Many archives were destroyed in the last years of the war, however, color charts, issued in 1944, have been retrieved in which the colors were defined on the basis of the RAL (Reichsausschuss für Lieferbedingungen) color codes and their equivalencies. Some of the colors employed by the German Navy before the introduction of the RAL color system are defined by the shades most similar to the RAL classifications. With the updating of the RAL color charts in 1953, many references used during WWII have been eliminated, although lately – in 1976- there has been an effort to recuperate this information. The colors selected for this set are the closest possible to available historical references.
The set includes 8 colors needed to paint the models of nuclear submarines currently deployed and regardless of nationality, since the patterns are very similar. The only exception is the underwater hull which is normally painted red (underwater seen as dark brown and least visible), but can sometimes be in patterns of Tan Green and +- Light Grey with Black, with markings and bands in white. In the early nineteen fifties, the United States initiated a program for the design of nuclear powered submarines, their principal advantage over traditional submarines being their independent air supply and their capacity to remain submerged and operating a high velocity for large periods of time. The Soviet Union soon followed in developing their version of this submarine. Armed with ballistic missiles with a nuclear warhead, as well as with conventional torpedos, the high cost of the nuclear submarine has limited its production to the naval forces of only a few nations. Besides the U.S.A. and the British Royal Navy, only Russia, France, China, India and Brazil have nuclear submarines. Almost all these countries have opted for a hull with dark colors to achieve minimal underwater visibility.
The set contains 16 colors of Model Color in 17 ml. for painting models and miniatures. Each one of these sets has a specific selection of colors for painting ships, submarines, etc.