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Diddy12 Inactive Member28 Dec 2012 10:20 a.m. PST

I bought a couple of Shellhole Scenics cast metal Renault UEs as I've been after some for a while. They are good little castings although some serious swearing was necessary to glue on the tiny tow hooks. I glued the big open topped cargo boxes on the engine decks and proceeded to paint them in flat green. If I'd done that quickly we wouldn't be having this conversation….
I've now restarted thenm but I've had time to think. Were they flat green or did they have the three colour camo scheme? I originally did them in flat green as the tow hook thing had used up any time and patience I had for three colour options (and they are quite small). I'm now also worried about those boxes on the back. Were they a French thing or was it a later German addition? (In which case I should just paint the whole thing grey and move the battle a couple of thousand miles to the east). If only I'd finished them in a couple of nights I could be relaxing in the glow of, "Ah well, it's tough. They're varnished now".

Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP28 Dec 2012 11:47 a.m. PST

FWIW, every picture I've ever seen (excluding models repurposed by the Germans) has been solid green.

Edit: Correction: Bovington has one with black disruptive stripes: link

See also: PDF link

spontoon28 Dec 2012 3:36 p.m. PST

Seems the real question is, " what shade of green to use?"

Garand28 Dec 2012 3:57 p.m. PST

Scale model, so normal caveats apply, but for my Renault UE scale model project, IIRC I used Tamiya Khaki Drab (which is actually a greenish color)…


Etranger Inactive Member02 Jan 2013 8:41 p.m. PST

According to this Trackstory volume which I've got they were pretty much all green. I reckon the Bovvy example is a bit of museum guesswork

I use the Humbrol enamel colour 'French Artillery Green' (150).

The boxes were part of the original design, actually being a tipping structure allowing the crew to unload the contents without leaving the protection of the armour.

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