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Post Info TOPIC: French St. Chamond Camo Scheme w/Purple?


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Hello, While researching color schemes for my St Chamond build, I came across the AK Interactive Publishing book "WWI The First Mechanized War", wherein they show color chips attributable to St Chamonds that include a color they describe as "French Purple".

Can anyone tell me if this is accurate and if indeed the French did employ this color on their tanks?  Thanks very much.

 

Tom



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Not in WW1. There was a purple colour known as "Violacé" specified in the earth tints of the 1937 camouflage colours.

The WW1 colours seem to have been "Gris artillerie" (mid-grey), "Terre d'Ombre" (earth brown), "Vert Olive" (olive green)
and "Ocre Jaune" (yellow ochre). The colour patches were often separated by black lines.

Paints in WW1 were mixed immediately before use and they weren't specified by a colour chart, these didn't exist, but by a recipe.

Wayne McCullough's cardmodel Saint-Chamond tank models on landships.info/landships/models.html are probably pretty close to the

original colours and patterns. It should be noted the Saint-Chamond camouflage was often amended by the crews because they thought the

blocks of colour were too large on the factory applied camouflage. 

Charlie



-- Edited by CharlieC on Wednesday 15th of November 2017 03:32:05 AM



-- Edited by CharlieC on Wednesday 15th of November 2017 03:39:48 AM

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Thank you very much!  I was a bit dubious of purple, but was considering it plausible given how their aircraft were painted.  You certainly helped me avoid a big whoops!

Thanks again Sir!

 

Tom



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It's funny how we associate things, the purple you tlaked baout brought back memories of the old Aurora Me-109 that the box cover showe dit to be purple..

(yes i know this is WW-2 plane ! )

http://www.jitterbuzz.com/auroralg/me109_kit.jpg



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