25 pounder colours

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25 pounder colours

Post by David Skeldon » Tue Nov 19, 2013 5:05 pm

Hi,
Anybody know what colours the 25 pounders where painted?



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Post by martin pitcairn » Tue Nov 19, 2013 8:48 pm

David, there is a fully restored 25lber on display at the artillarie flight school at middle Wallop just up the Road from me. it is painted the standard British green. I will be getting lots of photos as I also want to get 1 of these guns for myself

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Re: 25 pounder colours

Post by Leon Benjamins » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:16 pm

At the Overloon war museum (liberty park) in The Netherlands there are 2 of these.. Different colours? I dont know..
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Re: 25 pounder colours

Post by Stephen White » Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:41 pm

It depends on how accurate you want to be. I'd be very wary about taking colours from anything in a museum. With some notable exceptions, very few museum exhibits are in the original colours.

Artillery was generally painted in the same schemes applied to armour in general. These inevitably changed and given the long period 25 pdr was in service, you've got a wide choice. British Army Green doesn't exist as one colour but several. Early war equipment (Dunkirk etc) was in Khaki Green No 3. This became SCC (standard camouflage colour) 2 in 1942. Around Normandy, SCC 15 was adopted to get close to the US Olive Drab. Post war, Deep Bronze Green was used. I mention these rather odd terms because it's easy to do a google search on the name and get colour mixes for them using available model paints. The guy to look out for is Mike Starmer who has published a number of books and articles on British paint schemes. The other knowledgeable source is Dick Taylor, who has written a definitive three volumes on the subject. You could of course do a desert scheme, or Italy, or Burma or Korea, all of which had different colours and patterns. It would be great to see a whole range of Armortek models in different schemes.

Hope this helps more than confuses.

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Re: 25 pounder colours

Post by Leon Benjamins » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:43 am

A friend of me is painting his Centurion is British green, i think i'm gonna take the same color.

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Post by Alfredo Campanini » Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:35 am

Hi all.
I think I will use Olive Drab, which I used for the Comet and I have some cans of Tamiya TS 5
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Re: 25 pounder colours

Post by Stephen White » Wed Nov 20, 2013 12:47 pm

For anyone interested in accurate colours for 25 pdr, the guide below has it all, including paint mixes.

http://www.mafva.net/other%20pages/Starmer%20camo.htm

Applies to both AFVs and artillery

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Re: 25 pounder colours

Post by Kevin Hunter » Wed Nov 20, 2013 1:24 pm

Curved ball, or possibly not?
Anyone know what Mk the model 25 pdr is? I dont have mine yet, nor have I studied the books, but I gather both the gun and carriage were periodically developed? I only ask because a later variant gun would preclude earlier paint schemes?
Stephen, your encyclopaedic input invaluable as always.
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