Tamiya 1/35 M26 Pershing | Armorama™

My ever first model, a Tamiya 1/35 M26 Pershing of the USMC, Company B, 1st Tank Battalion.

Thank you to all who helped.

Lighting sucks, sorry for that.


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You did very well for a first kit. Most of us did not have as nice of a finished build on our first kit. Well done. Have you decided on what your second build will be?

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Thank you, it would have not been possible without the many people who helped me while I built this kit.

I have a M151A2 to be painted right now, but there’s camouflage involved, so a little worried on how I might need to do that.

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show a photo of what camo you are trying to make.

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This was my first armor model as well. Great choice and it looks good.

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Here, it’s in the pictures. I’m building the Marine Corps variant.

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Outstanding choice. You can paint the camo with either airbrush or brush. The good news is that is a generic template on the don’t have to super specific on the paint location as the non rate troops weren’t either.

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The camo system was called MERDC. It was used in the mid '70s to mid '80s and was replaced by the 3-color NATO camo.

MERDC info:
https://gurth.home.xs4all.nl/afv/merdc.html

The pattern on the M151A2 1/4 ton is Winter, US & Europe, Verdant. It was the most common patter. Here is a good pattern for it.

Usually, when doing MERDC, I paint the green and dark tan w/an airbrush, then paint the sand and black squiggles with a brush. You can also do the dark tan w/a brush since it is a small subject.

I sprayed the green and hand painted the rest on my recent M818 5-ton tractor.

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How do I go about doing the camo? Is there a template I can make and use or something?

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Very nice build, the only concern I have is that I’m not skilled enough to hand brush camo…

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You can make templates from the drawings and/or use silly putty to mask them off as well.

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Practice on something else first. I find acrylics don’t brush well for me - I prefer enamel. Your biggest concern is your paint consistency. Patterns varied sometimes. Usually they stayed within fairly standard patterns. The biggest thing is the percentages:
Colours 1 and 2 each cover about 45% of the vehicle, colours 3 and 4 cover 5% each

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I’m using Vallejo…

So it’s ok if I deviate a little from the actual camo…

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In this case the kit is not following the scheme 100% either. They are using three colors for the jeep scheme, the tow is a fourth solid color, for lack of probably the proper names they are basically a light green, dark green and black.

I would paint the overall dark green, then add random blobs of light green (1 and half to two coats, I wouldn’t worry if the dark bleeds through a little in places cause I am sure it did on the real vehicle as well as it was troop not factory painted) then smaller random black blobs.

You can use approximate Vallejo colors and I would go the lighter side if planning to use washes and filters as they will darken the color.

HTH

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Thanks!

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My Sgt. gave me 3 cans of paint, a field manual and a paint brush and told me to paint our jeep in the MERDC camo pattern. I had two companions and let me tell you it didn’t turn out like the FM. It resembled a Picasso more than US Camouflage. True story. It all depended on the personnel painting it.

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