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Right color for M1/M1IP
Spearhead01
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Norrbotten, Sweden
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 08:45 AM UTC
Dear All!

Im building Pandas 1/35 M1 and M1IP. In the instructions Panda recommends Green FS34102. After painting the M1 Im not very pleased with the color. Looking through Tankograd American Special No 3023 M1/IPM1 Abrams I find the color way to green compared to the more "greyish" colors (between 1982-1987) on the pictures in Tankograd.

Could anyone give me some guidance? Thanks in advance!

/Freddy
petbat
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 08:54 AM UTC
I believe the early M1 were painted FS 34079.

Based on your wanting a more greyish tone, this is likely a colour more to your liking
Bria3709
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Aarhus, Denmark
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 08:56 AM UTC
I have used Tamiya XF-61 for mine. I Think it turned out pretty well
panamadan
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Minnesota, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 08:56 AM UTC
Forest Green I believe
joepanzer
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 09:23 AM UTC
Forest Green is correct. I remember it written on the cans.
GeraldOwens
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 09:41 AM UTC

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Dear All!

Im building Pandas 1/35 M1 and M1IP. In the instructions Panda recommends Green FS34102. After painting the M1 Im not very pleased with the color. Looking through Tankograd American Special No 3023 M1/IPM1 Abrams I find the color way to green compared to the more "greyish" colors (between 1982-1987) on the pictures in Tankograd.

Could anyone give me some guidance? Thanks in advance!

/Freddy


The base color for the MERDC 4-color scheme was FS34079 Forest Green. By the 1980's, many units no longer applied the three additional colors, and left their equipment in the base color.

In the late 80's, the presesnt 3-color scheme was introduced, and the toxic nature of the CARC paints meant that they were applied at depot level to all vehicles.
Spearhead01
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Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 05:49 PM UTC
Thanks all! Ill go with the FS34079 Forest Green.