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. https://www.missionmodelsus.com/pages/tips-and-tricks-faq
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.