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Survey: O.D. and Neutral Gray

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Survey: O.D. and Neutral Gray
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 27, 2003 2:20 PM
Let's find out what everybody uses.
For those of us that build WWII U.S. aircraft,
What type of paint do you use for Olive Drab and Neutral Gray?

I use Gunze's. Main reason: I got a lot of it. A local hobby shop closed a few years back and I bought their Gunze rack with about 400 bottles of paint for $75, mostly military colors. And if I run out, I'll probably use Polly Scale.
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    January 2003
  • From: Everett
Posted by markuz226 on Thursday, February 27, 2003 3:52 PM
I use Tamiya enamels. why? same reason as yours. It will probably run out soon though so i should probably think which one to use next (Tamiya enamels are not available in the US).
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    February 2003
  • From: Copley, Ohio
Posted by wayne baker on Thursday, February 27, 2003 4:31 PM
I have used Humbrol, Imrie-Reslie, and Testors. It's what I can buy locally or mail order easily. I have and IPMS chart to mix colors with Pactra paints. Wish I could still get them. I like the faded O.D. better than what you can buy today. It is more brown like what you see on the artillery in front of the VFW and American Legion.

 I may get so drunk, I have to crawl home. But dammit, I'll crawl like a Marine.

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    February 2003
  • From: Niagara Falls NY
Posted by Butz on Thursday, February 27, 2003 11:04 PM
I myself use Testor enamels, Aeromaster enamels whats left of them. Wish they would come back into business again.
It is all on how I feel or what I feel like painting w/ that day. Flaps up Mike

  If you would listen to everybody about the inaccuracies, most of the kits on your shelf would not have been built Too Close For Guns, Switching To Finger

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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 28, 2003 10:28 AM
I mostly use Testors Acrylics. Ease of cleanup and use is the most important factor in my painting.
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  • From: USA
Posted by jcarlberg on Friday, February 28, 2003 7:52 PM
There was a pretty exhaustive article by William Archer a few years ago in FSM. The early war shade of OD was Olive Drab 41, and is a very dark brownish green. Tamiya's looks close to me, but Archer says it is too green. About 1942 or 43 a new standard was adopted, which was close to the Army Ground Forces standard of the time, and was a greyish, lighter color than the OD 41. The Testor's Model Master enamel and Acryl, as well as the Polly Scale and Humbrol 66, are close to this shade. Neutral Gray was also replaced at this time by a lighter gray, near to light Gull Gray or Vietnam era undersurface gray. The old British magazine, Quarter Scale Modeler, had an article about this also, and said that the FS equivalent for OD 41 is not 34086 or 34087, but 34085, which is browner than the other two. Armor used in the Korean war was the chocolate brown referred to by Wayne Baker.
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 28, 2003 11:40 PM
In the Pacific in WWII. They made OD in the field by mixing black paint with gasoline.


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