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May 17, 2020
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There is a wealth of information on the web regarding the various colors commonly used by the US Army (and Marine Corps) in the US Mobility Equipment Research & Design Command, commonly known as MERDEC camouflage patterns. I recommend these basic URL’s for your research. I have also attached two images of vehicles painted in MERDEC schemes to better illustrate these camouflage patterns.

Fine Scale Modeler article and attached comments:

Great color examples of many types of vehicles displaying MERDEC camo patterns:

Richly illustrated article on the Armorama site at:

There are also color sets produced by AK Interactive, Vallejo Model Air and Lifecolor available.

The Paint and Process

Mission Models recommends their own proprietary thinner and airbrush cleaner which I strongly urge anyone new to this process to review Mission’s basic painting and mixing guidelines (or FAQ’s as noted below). I also recommend using only the Mission Models thinner and poly mix.

Additionally, I recommend that you initially review the Mission Models paint FAQ’s to familiarize yourself with their basics.

My personal experience with the Mission acrylic paints is to thin them initially using a 60% paint to 40% thinner with just a couple of drops of polyurethane mix additive.

Though hardly scientific, I spray this paint using about 50/50% mix and feel the paint color is as close a match as I see. I also find that this provides a great tight coat of paint and dries quickly in approximately 15 minutes to touch. You will also notice that I apply a small paint sample on each bottle top to illustrate its color.


I am thoroughly impressed with this paint and recommend it’s use. My thanks to both IPMS-USA and Mission Models for the opportunity to review this paint.


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