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Personal logo BobTYW Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2021 10:13 p.m. PST

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Any recommends for good paint for IDF Tanks (Merkava 1 or 2,Magach 6) and what color schemes they use (then amd even now if quite different). My buddy is doing Syrians (I think). Any comments welcome for those who have gamed the period welcome. Love those models.

williamb04 Jul 2021 6:33 a.m. PST

The Flames of War web site has a post about Israeli tank colors at link

Vallejo Paint also has a page link
and these are available as a set from Amazon link

Or you can try Life Color paints link

There are others which can be found by googling "model paint color for Israeli tanks"

The Israeli army has used different colors over the years.

Personal logo BobTYW Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2021 7:02 p.m. PST

Great info, Williamb

I am famliar with Vallejo, having used them in other periods. Never heard of Life Colors. Are they at least on par with Vallejo? More of a variety with the IDF (Life) than Vallejo. Thanks Again

Wargamer Blue05 Jul 2021 4:34 p.m. PST

I use Life Color and Vallejo acrylics Bob. Both are equal to each other. I like using Life Color for naval and tank models because the specific color I need is ready to go straight out the jar. Highly recommended.

Captain Pete09 Jul 2021 4:08 p.m. PST

Here are some color chips that I downloaded from the internet.

Here is a GHQ Israeli M-48 that I painted a couple years ago using my interpretation of the 1967 color.

Here is a GHQ Magach 3 that I painted in the 1973 color.

Keifer11305 Sep 2021 2:53 a.m. PST

Vallejo has a paint set: link

Just an interesting story….maybe 10+ years ago I emailed the IDF asking them what color their tanks were. They actually answered with a link to a website that had paint formulas for Tamiya paints!

Sadly I no longer have the link and can't find the email, which means it must be almost 20 years!

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