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    March, 2017
Posted by STUBURT on Thursday, July 20, 2017 1:44 PM

Hello all, I am about to start the hasegawa AH-64 Apache and Im wondering if anyone out there could tell me what acrylic I could use for US HELO Drab I'm aware model master makes an enamel of it but I'm used to spraying acrylics so if anyone knows what I could use that would be great. I use either lifecolor, vallejo or tamiya. So a mix with one of those would be really helpful. 

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Posted by patrick206 on Thursday, July 20, 2017 2:24 PM

Hi, Stuburt -

I'm by no means expert at blending my own colors, can't say how perfectly accurate my mix was. For US Helo Drab I used Tamiya XF-51, (Khaki Drab,) mixed with some Tamiya flat white. I kept adding small amounts of white, until it looked like Model Master Helo Drab. Seemed a good match, looked a bit like an aircraft paint finish that had weathered and faded a bit.


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Posted by STUBURT on Thursday, July 20, 2017 3:50 PM

Thanks I'll fool around with that a bit see how it looks. I've been trying to find a vallejo mix I could use as I like the way it sprays. But will see how the tamiya looks I'm thinking I might be a bit too green. From the pics I've looked at it almost looks black. 

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Posted by HeavyArty on Thursday, July 20, 2017 4:41 PM

Testor's Model Master also makes it in thier acrylic line.  No one else makes it specifically.

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  • From: hamburg michigan
Posted by fermis on Thursday, July 20, 2017 5:26 PM

I recently did a Kiowa(72nd)...I found my US Helo Drab had turned sour. Being impatient as I am, I just added a little dark brown and a dab of black to standard Olive Drab. (I use MM enamels...but color is color, right?!!!)




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Posted by STUBURT on Thursday, July 20, 2017 6:14 PM

Thanks fermis nice build too! Color looks good gonna see if I can come close using the same vallejo colors, 

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Posted by seastallion53 on Thursday, July 20, 2017 11:16 PM

Hataka acrylic paint sets has a modern set for helo drab.

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Posted by templar1099 on Friday, July 21, 2017 4:13 PM

Seconded. Model Master acrylic.

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  • From: Nampa, Idaho
Posted by jelliott523 on Monday, July 24, 2017 8:13 AM

Mr. Paint has US Helo Drab. I've not sprayed this color from MRP; however, I have sprayed others and they spray beautifully. They do have a smell to them so that could be an issue if you dont have a spray booth or way to ventilate the area. They come in a glass bottle with a shaker ball inside and come ready to spray. Just some information....

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  • From: USA
Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 3:22 AM

XTracolor makes a great us army helo drab.  Hannants has them but they are hard to get hold of because the won't ship paints overseas.  I have a couple - pm me and I'll dig one out for you.

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Posted by Silver on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 2:39 PM

I live next to JBLM at WA.ST.-Know army people who deal w/this color.Its called-Black Olive Drab.Add three drops of flat black to each regular bottle of helo- drab or green- drab to create the effect.On Special forces helicopters ,they are flat slate black.Dry brush with a light color For worn effect.


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