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Best Tamiya mix for British Olive Drab '44
TopSmith
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 06:38 AM UTC
Building a Cromwell 1944. I prefer Tamiya and have seen several mix ratios. Have we settled on a "closest" yet?

Thanks for your input.
tankmodeler
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 07:06 AM UTC
From a listing of Mark Starmer's colour mixes (the acknowledged guru of Brit Wartime colours)

SCC15
Mix: 5pts XF61 + 2pts XF62 + 2pts XF3.

This is fraction darker than the standard so a wee touch more XF3 won't hurt. Then allow for scale effect.
Belt_Fed
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 09:36 AM UTC
Keep in mind that Tamiya colors changed drastically over the years, so so exact recipes Starmer came up with may or may not be accurate anymore.
Biggles2
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 11:25 AM UTC
At it's best, it's never an exact science - and there's always variations in color. By most accounts, British OD VERY closely matched US OD, until it started to fade and showed a marked tendency to green. I start with Tamiya US OD and add just enough Tamiya Olive Green until there's a visible difference, then some Buff, or Dark Yellow, for fading and scale effect. Allow extra Buff if you're going to apply a black oil wash.
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 09:14 PM UTC
I've used Mike's recipe recently and it does look good to my eyes. But I have to say that once you add the shading, washes, filters, dry-brushed dirt, and other treatments it can be hard to tell the tank was green, let alone the correct shade of OD! Maybe I need to model them straight off the wash rack...
TopSmith
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Posted: Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 01:58 AM UTC
Thanks guy's, it's time to order paint.