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PostPosted: Sun 04 May 2014 20:58 pm 
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This question concerns the colour of German and British tanks in the North African campaign in WW2.
Having struggled to find a match for a suitable colour for British tanks I decided on one (Vallejo Middlestone). Now I need to paint some German tanks, so here is the question.
Was the colour of German tanks darker or lighter than British tanks?
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PostPosted: Sun 04 May 2014 23:33 pm 
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Mike Starmer and Mike Cooper have some excellent guidance on British and German Armor colors, including for North Africa, with suggested mixes using Humbrol paints: British; German.

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PostPosted: Mon 12 May 2014 20:12 pm 
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Desert colours. You don't state which period you are referring to but I shall presume early 1942 after Caunter Scheme was cancelled. The basic British colour was Light Stone No.61 which is best represented by Vallejo 70847 or 70917. The German colour was RAL 8000 which is best represented by 70880. This is significantly darker than the British colour used as an exigency colour from commercial use.


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PostPosted: Mon 12 May 2014 22:31 pm 
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Mike, what are the Humbrol or Revell equivalents for these colours?


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PostPosted: Tue 13 May 2014 13:01 pm 
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The Revell equivalent for the German colour is 36117, Africa Brown.

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LarryH57 wrote:
Mike, what are the Humbrol or Revell equivalents for these colours?

Vallejo 70847 = Hu: 71 Satin Oak
Vallejo 70917 = Hu: 148 Matt Radome Tan
Vallejo 70880 I have no Humbrol match

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PostPosted: Wed 21 May 2014 20:19 pm 
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RAL 8000 was perfectly matched by Revell 380. Now withdrawn due to ignorance on the part of the marketing wizards. I haven't tried an alternative mix yet. British Light Stone B.S. 61 is a mix: 8 x H74 + 1 x H26. This is dead on the swatch I matched in 1980 to the 1930 book, and use now as the substitute standard.


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PostPosted: Wed 04 Feb 2015 15:41 pm 
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Sorry I missed an important point regarding the colour mixes. You cannot get Light Stone by mixing those Vallejo paints because those Vallejos are nothing like the Humbrol colours. You are using 'equivalents' NOT matches. Equivalents are something near, or in lots of cases not even near, the other colours These online equivalent charts are almost useless as they are almost often collated from lists in model paint company catalogues without the author actually looking at the colours, just blindly copying others opinions, ideas or whatever.


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