PAINTING US ARMY OLive DRAB
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...One question I get.. “What color do we paint the Sherman’s?”  The answer as always is complex. the OD paint scheme is a factory applied paint scheme matching federal standards and was dried using heat lamps.  The standard changed slightly over the war years but the shade basically got darker over time.


In the field the color faded as sunlight broke down the pigments.  The tendency was to go either mossy green hue or into a Brown tint.  Rain, Mud, Whitewash, fuel spills and general abuse also contributed to odd patches, streaks, and blemishes.  Tanks were repainted in the field.  Sometimes markings were removed or re-applied, and the most common US camoflage was black bands.  FS 24087 is the offical color and Most serious modelers consider Tamiya’s OD to be the strictest match.  One thing to always consider is the scale of your vehicles.  The smaller it is, the more accurate a lighter mix will look.

With the resurgence of Allied armor at hand....