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Personal logo BAMeyer Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Sep 2020 7:49 a.m. PST

The Italaians did not have a lot of armor in Russia, Mostly lights and mediums in recon units.

There is little to no information out there to the color they were painted.

Much apreciated if you could point me in the right direction.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2020 8:00 a.m. PST

I'm going strictly by fallible memory since I do not have access to my armor painting guides, but years back Squadron-Signal had a handy volume on Armor on the Eastern Front that had examples from every power that fought in the East 1941-45. If I recall correctly, Italy had mainly olive green/grey tanks, sometimes with red-brown flecks as camo, but that may have been only on CV-33 tankettes. You're most safe using plain grey green on your L-6 lights, trucks, etc.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2020 8:17 a.m. PST

I was just fooling around searching for images of Italian L-6 tank on google, and found plates showing overall sand with green blobs for Russia.

Carro Armato L6/40 Italeri 6553

I suppose one could paint your Italian armor in any of their standard camo patterns who could prove you wrong?

Martin Rapier06 Sep 2020 9:06 a.m. PST

According to Zaloga the L6s were shipped in plain desert sand and the crews camo'd them with mud splotches!

The CV33s were in standard European grey/green with disruptive red/brown blotches.

The Semovente 32/47s seem to have been in sand too, with disruptive patterns (green? brown?) based on photos.

Anyway, that is how I painted mine.

Personal logo BAMeyer Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Sep 2020 10:36 a.m. PST

Thank you, as always the group came through.

Col Durnford06 Sep 2020 2:49 p.m. PST

I went with sand tan with mud smeared on when I did mine Italians on the Russia front.

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