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Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP13 May 2017 10:55 a.m. PST

In a previous thread we talked about these new paints. Given the reviews am thinking of pulling the trigger on some of these. I am as interested in them for 1/35th scale as I am for my gaming figures and I know size can alter overall impression of color. Having said that am looking to pick up some US Armor and Russian Armor (WW II) colors.

First up is the American colors. Online various sources seem to show different shades for the mission paint swatches. On the mission models site I am thinking the correct base color is US Army Olive Drab FS 34088 with faded 1 and 2 for shading. 33070 looks a bit too dark.
This looks a little browner on the Micro Mark site
The US Khaki Drab FS 34088, by the way, looks pretty good for the uniform pants

For the Russians I know the correct shade is supposed to be 4BO but the Russian Dark Green 4BO FS 340679 looks perhaps a bit too dark?
While on the Mission Model site looks better with a definite brownish hint to it

Note you can click on the paints on the mission model site to get a larger single example.

So…..anyone give these a try yet and thoughts on the colors for US and Russian armor?

Black Bull15 May 2017 3:22 p.m. PST

For Soviet armour go with FS34096 or 34102 as both of these match period paint chips.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2017 11:20 a.m. PST

Since 34096 is a slightly faded version of 34102 makes subtle weathering easier as well. Thank you Black Bull.

Still waiting on first reports from folks here who have actually used the new paints, online reviews so far very complimentary.

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 6:28 a.m. PST

Marc: two reports in this thread – scroll down.

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Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 11:22 a.m. PST


Many thanks! Didn't think to try just the Painting board as well as the WWII Painting Guides board.

I will have to pick some up. Will be using a Grex Tritium TG3 with .3 tip. I have a 1/35th scale T-35 coming want to use it on as well as some 15mm Russian armor. Also have a backlog of American items in both 1/35th and 15mm.

My major problem with acrylics has been the tip-drying you pointed out. A pain at any time but a major pain when doing a large project and you have to stop and clear the tip!

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP18 May 2017 1:20 p.m. PST

Marc: agreed. I normally keep a small 1/2 ounce bottle with the relevant thinner and q-tips every time I shoot acrylics.

Now, this wasn't a large project (multiple models) but I was going very slowly / taking notes, putting the AB in its holder, etc., and the tip stayed clean throughout.

I have a bunch of 20mm AFV's in the que now but I'll probably still use Testors Model Master Enamels for pre-shading and basecoating until I can conduct some more tests.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2017 12:05 p.m. PST

Note Micro-Mark is having a 20% off sale on everything on the site. I just ordered several different bottles of the Mission Models paints, primer, thinner extender. Basically the 20 percent off paid for my shipping and a few bucks off on the paint. I logged on via an email I got from Micro-Mark and not sure if you can just log on to their site. Might be a good idea to subscribe to their site and see if this one comes in.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2017 2:40 p.m. PST

I got my order and can now begin at least some preliminary comments. I have NOT yet sprayed them and may be awhile so the following is based on brushing the paint. Please note they are optimized for spraying and remind me of Lifecolor paints in their coverage.

I bought 3 of the US Army colors looking for a good olive drab match and some highlighting colors. I purchased MMP-020 US Army Olive Drab faded 1 FS 34088, MMP-025 US Army Olive Drab FS 34088 and MMP-026 US Army Olive Drab FS 33070. For a discussion of Olive Drab I highly suggest the following old, but well done article by Steven Zaloga

I tested the colors by brushing on 2 coats on a plain white cardboard card and on the bottom of a 15mm M4 painted with a rattle can of either ModelMaster or Testors OD green. MMP-026 initially looks a bit on the browner side when first applied but dries to a color very near the painted vehicle. This is probably the best match for OD for WWII US vehicles. MMP-025 dries lighter but could be used for a well faded vehicle. It also seems pretty good for initial highlighting of panels painted with 026. MMP-020 is much lighter and may work for a final highlight. Please note these are small patches and wont know better until I actually spray on 15mm vehicles as well as my 1/35th scale models.

If any interest will continue with the bottles of Russian colors I bought.

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