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
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.