Model Paints - Bus & Coach Colours


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Paint matches should be treated as approximate,
especially as most paints change in shade as they age & become weathered.
The Fleetmaster, Precision & Railmatch colours will in most cases give a closer match than
the alternative standard range colours produced by Humbrol, Revell or Tamiya.


Paint manufacturer links
Dorset Models Buses (Fleetmaster Authenic Bus Colours) Website currently off-line
Humbrol
Phoenix Precision (Cherry Paints)
Howes Models (Railmatch)
Revell
Tamiya



Operator Colour Humbrol Cherry/
Precision
Fleet-master Rail-match Revell Tamiya CMYK
Aldershot & District - Dark Green   C255          
Aldershot & District - Light Green   C256          
Alexander Northern - Ivory   C243          
Alexander Northern - Yellow   C242          
Aluminium   P983   R413 99    
Arriva - Cream   C251          
Arriva - Turquoise   C244          
Ashton under Lyne - Cream 74            
Ashton under Lyne - Dark Blue 15         X3  
Ashton under Lyne - Peacock Blue 89            
Ashton under Lyne - Red 19       31 X7  
Ashton under Lyne - White 22       4 X2  
Balfour-Beatty Group - Blue     FM 54        
Balfour-Beatty Group - Deep Cream     FM 55        
BET - Cream     FM 72        
BET - Crimson   C233 FM 71        
BET - Deep Red   C232 FM 70        
Birmingham City - Cream 41 C179     10    
Birmingham City - Dark Blue 15 C178       X3  
Birmingham - Khaki 83         XF57  
Blackpool Transport - Cream   C182          
Blackpool Transport - Green   C183          
Blackpool Corporation - Green
(Service vehicles and possibly the darker green on Coronation Cars?)
  C195          
BMMO (Midland Red)- Red   C259 FM 73        
Bournmouth - Blue 14       52 X4  
Bournmouth - Lining Green ? 2 ?            
Bournmouth - Primrose 99         XF3  
Brass   P984     92    
Brighton, Hove & District - Cream   C176          
Brighton, Hove and District - Red 19       31 X7  
Brighton Corporation - Cream   C254          
Brighton Corporation - Red 19       31 X7  
British Rail - Blue   P152          
British Rail - Grey (post 1985)   P151          
City - Brown   C230          
City of Oxford - Dark Red 20 C248          
City of Oxford - BET Deep Red   C232 FM 70        
City of Oxford - Duck Egg-Green     FM 76        
City of Oxford - Light Green   C247          
City of Oxford - Maroon / Purple Brown 19 C249 FM 75   31 X7  
Cleveland - Green 208            
Cleveland - Primrose 99         XF3  
China Motor Bus/CMB - Blue 47            
China Motor Bus/CMB - Cream 41            
China Motor Bus/CMB - Red              
Copper   P985     93    
Coventry - Cream 41       10    
Coventry - Maroon 20            
Crosville - Green              
Derby - Red   C160          
Dublin Bus - Light Green   C266          
Dublin Bus - Dark Green   C267          
Dublin Bus - Lining Orange   C268          
East Kent - Cream   C258          
East Kent - Crimson   C257          
East Midland Motor Services Ltd - BET Deep Red
(post 1956)
  C232 FM 70        
East Yorkshire - Blue   C262          
East Yorkshire - Cream   C263          
East Yorkshire - Indigo   C264          
First Group - 'Barbie' Blue   C245          
First Group - 'Barbie' Pink   C246          
First Group - 'Barbie' Silver Grey   C250          
First Group - '2012 Livery' Lilac   C279          
First Group - '2012 Livery' Lavender   C280          
First Group - '2012 Livery' Lilac White   C281          
First Group - '2012 Livery' Stripe Pink   C282          
Gosport & Fareham - Cream 41       10    
Gosport & Fareham - Green 50       97    
Greater Manchester P.T.E. - Brown   C205          
Greater Manchester P.T.E. - Orange   C204          
Hants & Dorset - Cream              
Hants & Dorset - Green   C235          
Hebble Motor Services - BET Deep Red   C232 FM 70        
Lockeys - Black 21       7 X1  
Lockeys - Ivory 41       10    
London Country - Blue Arrow Blue 89            
London Country - Blue Arrow Silver 11       90 X11  
London Country (Post NBC)- Green 2 C170   **B111      
London Country - Canary Yellow
(from 1972 until NBC green /white)
99   FM 12     XF3  
London Country - Lincoln Green
(from 1972 until NBC green /white)
  C238 FM 11        
London Transport - Bullock Maroon
(Wheel hubs & some interiors)
  C162 Feb 16        
London Transport - Bus Red 19 C164 FM 30 R106 31 X7 M100,Y91
London Transport - Chiswick Cream
(until mid 1960's)
  C165 Feb 16        
London Transport - Dark Green   C238 FM 11        
London Transport - Flake Grey 196 C167     371    
London Transport Green Line - Dark Green   C238 FM 11        
London Transport Green Line - Light Green   C239          
London Transport - Light Green   C169          
London Transport - Lincoln Green   C168 FM 34        
London Transport - Lincoln Green
(Aged & darkened)
    FM 41        
London Transport - Mist Grey
(from mid 1960's)
    Feb 16        
London Transport - Rail Red   C163          
Lothian - Madder 20            
Mahogany   P988          
Maidstone & District - Cream   C254          
Maidstone & District - Green   C253          
Mansfield & District - Deep Cream
(pre 1965)
    FM 55        
MET - Brown   C166          
Middlebrough - Cream 41       10    
Middlesbrough - Blue 25       56 XF8  
Midland General Omnibus Co - Blue
(aka Balfour-Beatty Blue)
    FM 54        
Midland General Omnibus Co - Deep Cream
(aka Balfour-Beatty Deep Cream)
    FM 55        
Midland Red - Red (pre 1969)   C259 FM 73        
National Express - White (Post NBC)   C231          
National Bus Company - Leaf Green   C172 FM 02 **B101      
National Bus Company - Poppy Red   C173 FM 01        
National Bus Company - Wheel Grey     Feb 16        
National Bus Company - White   C171 FM 03 **B102      
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Traction Co - Blue     FM 54        
Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Traction Co - Blue     FM 54        
Oily Steel   P986          
North Western - Red     FM 92        
North Western - Cream     FM 93        
Northern General Transport - BET Deep Red   C232 FM 70        
OK Motor Services - Cream 41       10    
OK Motor Services - Dark Red 60/100       36 XF7  
OK Motor Services - Red 19       31 X7  
Potteries (PMT) - Red     FM 94        
Potteries (PMT) - Cream     FM 95        
Portsmouth - Red 120            
Portsmouth - White 22       4 X2  
Rhonda Transport Co - BET Deep Red   C232 FM 70        
Ribble - Cream 41 C272     10    
Ribble - Maroon 20 C233   **B108      
Ribble - Red   C271 FM 91        
Royal Blue - Blue   C194 FM 53        
Royal Blue - Cream              
Royal Mail - Red   P185          
Rust, Dark (Matt)   P951          
Rust, Light (Matt)   P950          
Scout - Red
(after Ribble take-over)
  C271 FM 91        
Sheffield - Blue   C270          
Sheffield - Cream   C269          
South Wales Transport - BET Deep Red   C232 FM 70        
Southdown - Dark Green   C235          
Southdown - Light Green   C236          
Southdown - Primrose   C237          
Stagecoach Group - Blue   C200          
Stagecoach Group - Orange   C202          
Stagecoach Group - Red   C201          
Standerwick - Red
(after Ribble take-over)
  C271 FM 91        
Steel   P987     91    
Stockton - Cream 41       10    
Stockton - Green 150            
Stockton - Turquoise 65       55 XF23  
Strathclyde PTE - Crimson   P252          
Strathclyde PTE - Red   P159          
Teak*(Golden)   P997          
Teak*(Undercoat)   P995          
Teak* Weathered   P996          
Teesside - Cream 41       10    
Teesside - Green 155            
Teesside MT - Cream 41       10    
Teesside MT - Turquoise 65       55 XF23  
Tilling Group - Cream   C176 FM 52        
Tilling Group - Green   C175 FM 51        
Tilling Group - Red   C174 FM 50        
Transport for London - Red   C283          
Transport for London - Blue
(used on tube trains & by Metroline Travel)
  C284          
Trent - Red     FM 89        
Trent - Light Cream     FM 90        
Tyne & Wear PTE - White   P167          
Tyne & Wear PTE - Yellow   P166          
Tynemouth & District Omnibus - BET Deep Red   C232 FM 70        
United - Olive   C265          
Walsall - Blue 109            
Weathered Wood   P990          
West Bromwich - Blue 14       52 X4  
West Bromwich - Cream 41       10    
West Yorkshire PTE - Cream   C192          
West Yorkshire PTE - Green   C191          
West Yorkshire PTE - Red   C193          
Wilts & Dorset - Cream              
Wilts & Dorset - Red              
West Midlands PTE - Blue 25 P168     56 XF8  
West Midlands PTE - Ivory 6            
West Midlands PTE - Yellow   P169          
West Yorkshire PTE - Cream   C192          
West Yorkshire PTE - Green   C191          
West Yorkshire PTE - Red   C193          
Western Welsh Omnibus - BET Crimson   C233 FM 71        
Wolverhampton - Primrose 253 #            
Wolverhampton - Green 36 #            
Yorkshire Traction - BET Crimson   C233 FM 71        
Yorkshire Traction - Red     FM 96        

 * use Teak (Undercoat) beneath either Weathered or Gold Teak finish
** Howes Models no longer produce these Busmatch colours
# Humbrol have now discontined these colours