Tamiya Commomwealth Paint Mixes

thanks to Peter Battle

First published in the December 2009 AMMS Brisbane newsletter

Mike Starmer is well known to anyone visiting www. Missing-lynx.com andor his MAFVA associations. He has made a study of model paint mixes to accurately replicate the colours of paint chips and samples for Commonwealth Vehicles. Firstly he established the mixes using enamel paints, but recently he set his mind to mixes using Tamiya Acrylic colours. This is his list so far.

Light Mud

Used in Tunisia in small amounts from March 1943 then specified as the basic colour for a lot of British and Commonwealth vehicles finished in the set camouflage designs in Sicily and Italy till 1945. Use XF69 NATO Black as the disrupter over this.
Mix: 4pts XF55 + 2pts XF49 + 1pt XF66. It could take up to another 1/2 pt of XF55.


The dark brown colour used over SCC 2 brown and SCC 15 Olive Drab from 1941, officially replaced by Black but still well in evidence in 1945 on namely softskins in NWE and Italy till 1945.
Mix: 7 pts XF10 + 2 pts XF1. This is very close to the standard so a small touch of mid grey is needed for your models.

SCC No.2 Brown Tamiya

This colour replaced Khaki Green 3 as the basic colour from late 1941 and remained in use right through to the end of the war although replaced on vehicles for NWE in about March 1944 on. Also on vehicles from U.K. and Canada send to M.E. in 1943-45. In the MTP46 scheme you can put Dark Tarmac, SCC 1A dark brown or SCC 14 black over this.
Mix: 5pts XF68 + 4pts XF3 + 1pt XF1. The result is just a fraction strong on the red so go carefull and do not overdo the black as even a slight touch too much darkens the result a great deal. Should be OK with some medium grey added for scale effect.

SCC 7 green

A bit obscure this colour but I found it during trials. Produced solely as a bituminious emulsion for use on canvas tilts and tentage which at the time were natural canvas colour or dyed Khaki Green. The colour first appears in August 1941 for use as the basic colour on vehicle canvases because the enamel paints rotted the fabric. The order specifies SCC.1A as the disrupter. Bodywork remained Khaki Green 3 and Dark Green 4 in the striped patterning. Four coloured camo on softskins? Yes. In addition this could also be used on the fabric penthouses attached to the sides on command vehicles and tents where their colour was green, i.e. NW Europe.
Mix: 1pt XF62 + 1pt XF67 + 1pt XF3. A tweak more XF3 is not bad.

SCC 13 Jungle Green

Used in India and Burma on British and Commonwealth vehicles from about late 1942 - 1945 so your Chinese & Indian Sherman Vs and M3 Lees can be real dull now, as can many softskins too. It would have helped.
Mix 2 pts XF51 + 1 pt XF61 + 1 pt XF3.

SCC No.15 Olive Drab

This is the colour that replaced SCC 2 brown as the basic colour from April 1944 on for use in NWEurope and Italy to avoid the need to repaint US equipment. But NOT Bailey Bridges, these remained SCC 2 brown.
Mix: 5pts XF61 + 2pts XF62 + 2pts XF3. This is fraction darker than the standard so a wee touch more XF3 won't hurt. Then allow for scale effect.

SCC No.224 Deep Bronze Green Tamiya

Deep Bronze Green 224 replaced SCC 15 so DBG 224 is the colour for Korea.
Deep Bronze Green is mixed by 8pts XF5 + 5pts XF62 = Old dark colour. You need a satin varnish over this for the depth of colour. The SCC 15 was mixed with the new lighter colour.
XF61 does not have red in it thus not suitable for DBG 24.

BS 64 Portland Stone:

6 pts XF2 + 1 pt XF3 + 1 pt XF57. It could stand a fraction more XF2 and perhaps a fraction less XF57 but if I tweaked it then the proportions of the other colours would be really silly.

BS 61 Light Stone

As used from 1940 till 1943.
Mix: - 7 pts XF2 + 2 pts XF59 + 2 pts XF3. The result may shock some modelers but it is just slightly lighter than my 1930 sample, certainly near enough.

BS.24 Deep Bronze Green.

This colour was introduced in about 1934 as the new basic colour for all British vehicles. In service it was usually polished to a high gloss and appears in contemporary photographs as near black in many cases. The colour was replaced by Khaki Green No.3 in mid 1939 but can be seen on a number of vehicles used by the BEF either as an overall colour or in some cases left as the disruptive colour. The colour was not used again until 1946 earliest when the three British services reverted to pre-war colours and even then took 2 or three years to be totally re-established.
Mix: 8pts XF5 + 5pts XF62; you will need to apply a satin varnish over this to achiev the correct appearance.

Desert Pink.

The actual colour is provisional anyway and since it was locally manufactured then there must be some variations of shade. The colour was specified for general use as a basic colour in the October 1942 orders just prior to the Alamein battles but there is documentary evidence of it’s use by LRDG as early as May 1942 perhaps as practical field trials. Phased out of use after the end of the North African campaign in May 1943 and replaced by Light Mud as the new M.E. basic colour.
Mix is 5pts XF2 + 5pts XF15 + 1 pt XF52. Be careful with XF52 as too much will turn your resulting colour too mauve. Desert Pink needs of a definite pale pink appearance. The mix may benefit from a touch more white.

BS.34 Slate.

At last the final colour for the Caunter scheme. This colour was specified as the darkest colour to be used on vehicles painted with the Caunter scheme. Came into use in 1940 and apparently retained as one of the alternative colours to be used with the 1942 patterns.
Mix: 1prt XF24 + 1 prt XF4. This is a fraction dark compared to the standard but a touch of white or light grey will tone it down.

Light Purple Brown No.49

This is the colour specified for use with Light Stone 61 in The Sudan. It seems to have been used on several softskins, at least one A9 if I judge the tones correctly from the one photograph of one there and a universal carrier with very dark undulating stripes effect along it. It may have been used on some of the A10 cruisers of 3 RTR in Greece during 1941. I suspect that this colour may be the dark blackberry like spots on the 3 RTR Grants and Stuarts in early 1942.
Mix: 10 pts XF7 + 1 pt XF8. This is a little light but all of the browns that I added made it far too dark and brown.

Nobels Khaki Green No.3: new mix

Since Tamiya messed about with XF 62 I have managed to re-formulate the mix for Nobels Khaki Green G3.
New mix is 8 pts XF62 + 3 pts XF59 + 1 pt XF68. This last is necessary due to the loss of red from the original dark XF62.

Dark Tarmac No.4 Tamiya

This replaced Dark Green G4 in the spring or summer of 1941. Applied initially as stripes, as per MTP 20, then later in the MTP46/4A style. In turn it was replaced by SCC1A and then SCC14 black. This is provisional since I use Revell 78 and this mix is very close. Based on Steve Guthrie’s description of a sample in the Canadian archives he has examined and compared with some test samples that I sent to him and a colour photograph and some film footage seen on ML last year.
Mix: 1prt XF24 + 1prt XF69.