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POLL: Cold War Tank Paint Color - M47, M48, M60?


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pmwalt Supporting Member of TMP writes:

It really depends on the scale I'm painting and how much I want to shade. Normally, there's a mix of darker and lighter shades, so I wouldn't get too wrapped around the axle about the specific color … what ever looks right works for me


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
other (explain)
11
11%
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Revell aqua (Acrylic) 36145, Helloliv (Light Olive, matt)
2
2%
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Testor's Model Master 34087, olive drab paint
27
26%
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Tamiya XF-65 Field Grey
0
0%
 
Anita's 11096 Climbing Vine
0
0%
 
Tamiya Olive Drab
18
18%
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no opinion
44
43%
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POLL DESCRIPTION

Mako11 Inactive Member says:

So, looking forward to some early- to mid-Cold War gaming goodness, and this issue continues to bug me, so thought I'd create a poll (or polls others to follow for Soviets, West Germans, British, etc.) to get people's feedback on the subject.

So, what paint(s), and/or paint color(s) do you suggest for the early to mid-Cold War period (1950s to mid-1970s) for American armor in Europe, e.g. on our M47, M48, M60 tanks, and M113 APCs, etc.?

The color appears to be a very dark green, almost brownish green, in some images. Usually, it is referred to as "olive drab", and the reference number given for it is 34087. Some suggest 24087, for a more satin finish, due to the practice of rubbing the tank down with petroleum products prior to their going on parade, in order to make them look snazzy.

From images I've seen of various paint manufacturers' 34087, olive drab, that looks to be a bit too light to me, but perhaps it is due to my monitor screen, and less to the paint.

So, I'm opening the floor to suggestions, and will consider both enamels and acrylics. If the paint is available in a spray can, that is a plus in order to speed up painting of whole units at a time (though it's not a requirement).

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.