Tank colour

 

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Tankcolour test, Dorset august 2019 


On July 21, 2018, we were invited to our National Day in Brussels, the theme was The First World War of course. Driving around there with our tank, ... one chance, 1 out of 1000! The condition was that the tank had to be finished as much as possible, but certainly had to be painted. Stijn started then the research witch colour our Damon 2 should have! Craig Moore is a Tank Historian at the Imperial War Museum of london where he could find proof of the colours, Steven Burvenich is a specialist in mixing with paints & Paint shop the Elephant eventually produced rock solid brown ship paint for us! A lot of research, but with the right contacts such a project is always possible. We cannot thank them enough of course, so thank you again !!

kleurbewijs
Paint the tanks in 'khaki, simular in colour to the soldier's cloth'
(Picture Craig Moore)
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Source IWM, Craig Moore

We always assumed that the tank colors were adjusted according to the environment at the front, that the tanks in the Somme were 1916 - green, Cambrai November 1917 - Dark brown and here in Flanders July 1917 were light brown. On every battlefield you had artists who tried to sketch the situation day by day on drawings, few soldiers succeeded, then surely not in color? This is the report of Sergeant e. Claude Rowberry sketching the tanks in cambrai 1917! We are very pleased that the information from Craig Moore is correct and that the color of the tank matches the uniforms from The First World War.

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Source IWM, Craig Moore

We always assumed that the tank colors were adjusted according to the environment at the front, that the tanks in the Somme were 1916 - green, Cambrai November 1917 - Dark brown and here in Flanders July 1917 were light brown. On every battlefield you had artists who tried to sketch the situation day by day on drawings, few soldiers succeeded, then surely not in color? This is the report of Sergeant e. Claude Rowberry sketching the tanks in cambrai 1917! We are very pleased that the information from Craig Moore is correct and that the color of the tank matches the uniforms from The First World War. His artwork was discovered after he died and came the proof of this brown Colour.

tankmodel
This was painted by the METROPOLITAN CARRIAGE WAGON & FINANCE CO. LTD., SALTLEY WORKS, BIRMINGHAM who made real tanks. The model was given to King George V during a visit., They used the same colour paint that they painted the full size tanks.

 

kleur verschillen
The colour changes as the reflection of the light varies, that's why there's often confusion with khaki or brown.

 

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The original brown Mkiv Lodestar tank inside the Royal Army Museum of Brussels
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Damon 2 colour inside the barn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Damon 2 outside in the sunlight at Brussel

Sources:

Craig Moore (Imperial War Museum)

Steven Burvenich - Drab It yourself!