Tuesday, July 04, 2017 - 02:18 PM UTC
Vallejo presents two new sets of paintings for vehicles of the Second World War that were mostly used on desert environments, the German DAK and the British Caunter scheme.
Reference 71.207 is for DAK Colors 1941-1944 is a set of Acrylic airbrush colors for Deutsches Afrika Korps vehicles

This set contains all the colors needed to paint the models of AFV and German vehicles operative in DAK units during the 1941-1944 period, starting with the early references from railway depots applied over the colors RAL 7021, to the new colors designed especially for this operative environment, and including Olivgrün for the units in Tunisia.

71.056 Panzer Dark Grey / RAL7021 Dunkelgrau
71.092 Medium Olive / RAL6003 Olivgrün
71.116 Camouflage Grey Green / RAL7008 Graugrün
71.117 Camouflage Brown / RAL8020 Braun
71.118 Camouflage Grey / RAL7027 Grau
71.272 German Yellow Brown / RAL8000 Gelbbraun

Also reference Art. 71.211 is for British Caunter Colors, an Acrylic airbrush colors set for Afrika & Mediterranean 1940-1941 camouflage patterns

This set contains the colors for the application of the well know British Caunter Camouflage scheme on AFV and vehicles, as well other equipment included in this new ordinance for disruptive camouflage.

The colors have been developed especially, following the historical references given in the book by M. Starmer. Also included are the references Purple Light Brown and Light Stone used for the two-tone camouflage scheme.

71.288 UK BSC 64 Portland Stone
71.012 BSC 34 Dark Green
71.143 UK BSC 61 Light Stone
71.330 Khaki Green Nş 3
71.401 UK BSC 28 Silver Grey
71.402 UK BSC 49 Light Purple Brown
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Now that Takom is releasing the Grant/Lee kits, this set makes more sense for me.
JUL 04, 2017 - 11:51 PM
DAK 1944???? Now THAT is a new research finding.
JUL 05, 2017 - 07:40 AM
Light Purple Brown - so that's that color on El Alamein Shermans. Neat color.
JUL 05, 2017 - 07:42 AM
I admit the text and title should have been more clear, but what it really means is that these DAK colours, although mainly used for the Africa vehicles, could be found also in the Eastern Front, and some of them survived until 1944. Therefore, the set is for DAK colours but not exclusively for DAK vehicles Sorry for the poor editing!
JUL 05, 2017 - 04:46 PM
That's the first I've heard of it. I always thought the disruptive colour on those Shermans was charcoal or green. I believe the orders specified black or very dark brown as alternatives but was not aware of the light purple brown being used. Can you cite any sources?
JUL 05, 2017 - 06:09 PM
Carlos, your editing is 1st rate. It is Vallejo that tilted it -1944. Good point about the paint stocks being used up into 1944. I don't recall where but I read that some vehicles intended for DAK were diverted to Russia at times.
JUL 06, 2017 - 03:05 AM
I wonder if the purple brown was a brown or olive that deteriorated to a purplish hue? There are some Technichrome images of OD B-17s that have faded to a purpley brown.
JUL 06, 2017 - 03:08 AM
The Tropen mods (which included the colour scheme) were intended for hot climates including the southern Ostfront so some of the kit that went there in that scheme was always intended to go there. Tropen wasn't just for N Africa. Strictly speaking the DAK was superseded in 1942 sothe set should perhaps have been called 'Tropen' - I hope Vallejo put more effort into researching the paint colours than naming the set.
JUL 06, 2017 - 11:42 AM

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