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I’m sure this has been discussed and if so can someone point me to the thread and if not what Tamiya or testors paints do you use to match OOB colors? Thanks…
So I think I’ve narrowed down a few paints that match pretty close to OOB colors.
UK: Rust-oleum Khaki from Home Depot
Japan: Terra Cotta from Ace hardware
USA : Olive drab from Testors.
These both were spot on. I’m still trying out other paints from Tamiya for USSR and Germany.
I think the US color is Olive Drab #2 from testors
Although it’s more time consuming, I’ve been using acrylic paints because they’re cheaper. Here’s what I’ve been able to match so far:
Apple Barrel brand (available at Walmart):
Coffee Bean - Russia
Barn Red - Maroon Russia/HBG Maroon (matches ok, not perfect)
Lite Mocha - D-Day Blonde
Khaki - UK G40/HBG Tan
Milk Chocolate - Italy
Christmas Green - HBG Dark Green
Cool Blue - HBG Light Blue (ok match)
Elephant Gray - HBG Light Gray
Dark Gray - HBG Dark Gray
Pewter Gray - Anzac
Bright Blue - France
Bright Red - Pacific 2001/HBG Red
Sublime Lime - HBG Yellow Green
For American Pieces I use Craft Smart’s Olive Green from Michaels
I’m having trouble matching Celery Green (Revised UK), and the Classic Japan/HBG Yellow Gold. Anyone find something that works with them?
Finally another guy using the cheap stuff.
What are you using for China & Japan (1940)?
Here’s what I am using:
ANZAC - AB Khaki (not a OOB match)
China - CS Spanish
France - CS Blue (a bit dark vs OOB)
Germany - CS Stormy Grey (not OOB match)
Italy - CS Grey
Japan - AB Nutmeg Brown + Deco Art Paprika
Russia - CS French Wine
UK - CS Golden Brown (khaki is a bit too light to match OOB IMHO)
US - AP Ivy Green + CS Golden Brown
AB = Apple Barrel
CS = Craft Smart
I was trying to standardize my commonwealth/allied countries, so grey shades for Germany & Italy (plus I prefer the Classic A&A grey), tan variations for UK & ANZAC, and green shades for US & China.
I should note that I have units from Classic, Revised Edition, 1941, & 1940 with some significant color variations. So in some cases I may be matching a different edition. So for example, I think the early UK units are darker than my 1940 versions explaining why I choose a darker color. Plus with the cheap paint, I worry that the color consistency is less consistent bottle to bottle.
When I indicate A + B paint colors, I mix then 1 to 1.