Caunter Scheme Paints
WWII early desert scheme
Glen Porter's 1/76 scale Matchbox Morris C8
wearing Xtracolor's Caunter Scheme paints
S u m m a r y
Catalogue Number and Description:
Scheme - X821 Light Stone, X819 Silver Grey and X820 Slate
From GBP£1.06 per 14
ml. tinlet (GBP£1.25 in Europe),
available online from Hannants
|Contents and Media:
||Enamel paints in 14ml
||Accurate colours thinned
with white spirits or mineral turps.
Reviewed by Glen Porter
The Caunter Scheme comprised a series camouflage
paints used on British and Commonwealth vehicles in the M.T.O in
1940/41. It was not known by that name at the time of application,
but it has been adopted since because it was apparently developed by
one Col. Caunter of the 4th Armoured Brigade. It used three colours,
Light Stone, Silver Grey and Slate in a horizontal splinter pattern.
Xtracolor has recently released these colours in semi-gloss enamels
in their usual 14ml tinlets.
The colours appear to be very accurate and match quite closely the
swatches in Mike Starmer's book on the subject. (Editor's Note:
indeed, the paints were matched to a very rare British Standards
book dated 1942. This is where the BSC381C reference comes from).
On the labels it says to thin with White Spirits.
Now I was under the impression that White Spirits was the name under
which Mineral Turps was sold outside Australia. I've since found out
that it may not be the same thing although it is very similar and
has the same origins. However, in the mean time, I have found the
the paint can be thinned quite successfully with either of these
thinners although several people had told me they had trouble using
Turps. I had none.
To start with, I've sprayed the three colours on to a piece of white
card to show the colours side by side and Brett has photographed it
along with the three tinlets.
To display the colours on a model I have chosen a Matchbox 1/76
scale Morris C8. Now this is not technically correct as this vehicle
was modified especially to tow the 17 pounder anti tank gun which
didn't come into service until much later but it was the only model
I had of the right type. I started building it quite a few years ago
and never got around to finishing.
A coat of Light Stone was sprayed over the entire vehicle and this
led to the first problem. As I normally only use matt paints and
these are semi matt/gloss, I over thinned it and consequently it
didnít cover very well. This, I believe, is not the fault of the
paints, but simply my inexperience with semi gloss and the other two
colours, I thinned more sensibly and I had no trouble. The other
issue I came across, was the time it took to dry. I had to wait
about five hours before I could start to mask for the next coat.
Normally I would start masking after only about one hour. This may
be because of the thinners I was using but I don't think it would
have been any faster using White Spirits as recommended on the
Because the model is so small, I had to hand brush
the two darker colours on the vehicle proper [canopy was fully
airbrushed] so you will have to excuse it being a little rough.
Construction was then completed and given to Brett again to
The next job is to dirty it up a bit. The whole vehicle was given a
dust-coat of Tamiya Buff, concentrating on the under-sides, wheels,
tyres and lower sides, front and back. Then a dark brown wash in the
crevasses, most of which was removed after it was dry. This was not
applied to the canopy as I want it to be a slightly different shade
to the rest. Finally, dry-brushing with white, mainly on the canopy
to show the nicely moulded contours but some also on the nose of the
vehicle. The whole model was coated with Tamiya Clear Gloss to bring
out the brown in the crevices and to make a good surface for some
The decals are not meant to be accurate for the period but to just
add some colour.
Click the thumbnails
below to view larger images:
This review has been several months coming but it's
got nothing to do with the paints, just that I'm rather slow at both
modelling and writing. The two problems that I mentioned above were
also nothing to do with the paints but rather my inexperience with
this type of paint [semi gloss] and there are products on the market
to make it dry faster but I don't have any.
The colours themselves, as I said above, are a very
close [but lightened] match for those in Mike Starmer's book and for
the British Standards book. I would heartily recommend them to any
Review Text Copyright © 2005 by Glen Porter
Images Copyright © 2005 by Brett
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