Paint conversion tables.
Over the past year people have been asking a lot of questions regarding paints and conversions between the different manufacturers.
This is a pretty vast area to be covered in one post but I'll start the ball rolling by covering the USA's Federal Standard 595 range
Contrary to popular belief Federal Standard 595 paints have no name, they have a 5 digit number that corresponds to each colour prefixed with the initials FS. The FS595 range is a colour collection not a colour system so new colours are getting added all the time hence why there is gaps between what already exists.
Example FS 16270
The first number indicates the level of sheen:
The second number identifies which main colour group it belongs to
The third, fourth and fifth numbers join together to form a single number 001-999 (rarely goes above 600) which identifies the intensity of the colour. The lower the number the darker and the higher the number the lighter.
From the example above you can now tell that FS 16270 is , Gloss, Grey with a medium intensity as can be seen herehttp://www.colorserver.net/showcolor.asp?fs=16270
Over time the more common colours in the FS range have been given a generic name by various paint companies to aid in their identification.
FS16270 is more commonly known as Neutral Grey which is the name that most of the hobby paint companies use, although some companies have issued their own names for their own reasons?
As said the FS range is vast and it is not practical to name every colour /shade here as we don't have the space or time. This is meant as an easy to understand guide into using the FS range and when used in conjunction with the instructions within the model kit and the various paint charts below will allow you to obtain as close a match as possible.
This is the best the Colour conversion table I have came acrosshttp://www.paint4models.com/
Another good one. Scroll down until you see the links for the various paint rangeshttp://www.ipmsstockholm.org/colorchart ... arts_2.asp