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Many of the early German vehiocles in 1941 were "painted".....

June 3 2017 at 10:36 PM
Bruce Culver  (Login baker24)
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with a slurry of mud and water or used oil, applied directly over the dark gray paint. It was not a permanent covering and wore off quickly in areas subject to scraping or repeated contact, like edges of structures and places where the crews climbed on the vehicles. This excessive wearing off has led many modelers to believe German paint was fragile, but it certainly was not - this was a temporary emergency expedient camouflage and would have been replaced with proper desert-color paints as soon as they were available. Even Rommel's GREIF half-track had this expedient mud color added as the early desert color used to quickly repaint it was not suitable for the pinkish tan sand of the Western Desert in Egypt and Libya.

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  1. Wasn't the mud used mostly on the Aufkl. units? - Robert Lockie on Jun 4, 2017, 12:52 AM
    1. No doubt they would have been among the first units to do this..... - Bruce Culver on Jun 4, 2017, 9:25 AM
      1. If I were to paint mud - Tat Baqui on Jun 4, 2017, 10:01 PM

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