What color had German WW II Jerry Cans?

Good day everyone,

What color did German WW II Jerry cans have?
And what colors from AK Interactive 3rd generation acrylics I own can I use for that?

I got the following sets of paint and paint colors:

  • AK Interactive Tracks & Wheels AK-11672

  • AK Interactive Vehicle And Tank Accesories

  • AK Interactive German Panzer Colors 1937-1944

  • AK Interactive German Panzer Colors 1945

  • AK Interactive Flesh and Skin Colors The Original Selection

  • AK Interactive German Field Grey Uniform Set

  • AK Interactive Splittertarnmuster Uniform Set

  • AK Interactive Black 11029

That’s what I currently got, I hope you can help me with this.

I didn’t plan on buying new stuff for my current project, so I probably don’t do that.
But you never know for sure.
It’s mostly because of finances that are so tight.

Anyway, hope you can help me with this.

I color mine “damaged”. You can roughen them up using just about any color.

Just not pink like Uncle Heavy uses. :joy:

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As far as I know, they had similar colours to the tanks. So early war cans would be dunkelgrau, and later war cans would be dunkelgelb. Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine cans would be in whatever colours were current for their vehicles. Cans on tanks might get camouflaged when the tank was painted, and of course all these cans would get scuffed and dirty over time, so the base colour is just the beginning.

I can’t help with the AK sets as I don’t use them.

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You can use any colors that approximate what’s on the MiniArt box cover.

From around the web. Some of these obviously have a lot of age on them etc.

BTW - I don’t use AK either.

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Roland, just use a similar color from your panzer colors that you are using on your kit. You can even do an odd one or two in the field grey from the uniform set. Water “Wasser” typically had a white cross painted on them. Chip and weather them also, paint over a different base color for variety. On these jerry cans you can have some fun with them and play w Panzer Geey etc and lighten or darken them a bit so they stand out. Remember most of the time the cans aren’t assigned to a particular vehicle, crews swap out empty for fulls on the go.

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Wow, that orange-ish can looks like a match for the ancient Humbrol Afrika Korps Desert Yellow.


Maybe Humbrol wasn’t wrong?

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That’s what I’m thinking.

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Didn’t the Germans use a different desert color from 1941 onwards? I can’t recall exactly but it’s mentioned somewhere on this site.

Please forgive the hijack. Regarding the Humbrol color, I must consider it was formulated during the 1960s, a time when samples of Afrika Korps armor and accoutrement were more accessible.

I know since then, tremendous research has been done. But just look at the dunkelgelb variants above. Things perhaps were not quite as specific and followed to the letter.

When I was a kid, I painted an ESCI 1/72 Pzkw. II that color. I should dig it out.

(Waiting for the inevitable fallout…) :upside_down_face:

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I think it’s a pretty interesting color too :thinking:

All WW2 stuff was more accessible back then. It was largely affordable… so no replicas and usually in original condition (not repainted).

Paint fades and also darkens from handling and rust. Copies and research are based on what survives.

I don’t get bent about exact colors on models. I think it’s entertaining to read about. It’s nice to have an idea of the colors etc.

In my 35 years of looking and reading there’s not much so called panzer color research that’s holds up as credible under scrutiny.

The most credible information I’ve see was from the owner of a real Panzer being restored. He went to an OEM WW2 German paint manufacturer that made the colors during WW2. He paid the OEM to make new batches of RAL 7028, RAL 6003 & RAL 8017 for his real panzer. The paint was made to exact specifications as in WW2 and matched to control cards. A modern binder was used IIRC but same pigments and ground to same specifications. No expense was spare to ensure the real panzer was painted accurately.

He forwarded his hard gained information to various major Big Name hobby paint providers as they were ALL WRONG when matched against real RAL 7028, RAL 6003 & RAL 8017.

:grin: :joy: :grinning: :rofl: :grin: :joy: :grinning:

None of the hobby paint manufacturers corrected their products based on his information.

That was several years ago.

In my opinion one needs to keep in mind the environment especially dust has a major impact on how a color looks.

The wheel bay of this car, the dark fender liner was one uniform color but dust makes it look various colors.

Ball park is good enough for modeling in my opinion exact matches are a fool’s errand when scale effects are calculated erc.


Thank you for the usefull information.
I’m going to work on them this way in time.
There are some other things to do with the scale modeling as well.