Japanese Army Camouflage Pattern of World War Two, 1937–1945

Japanese camouflage schemes

It is important to remember, that the table lists the closest model color matches for a particular standard color applied to an actual vehicle, not a model of the same. In order to paint a 1:72 scale model of a particular vehicle, the scale color effect needs to be taken into account. As a rule, matching model colors should be mixed with 10-30% white in order to arrive at the scaled down vehicle base color. Approximately 40-50% white is recommended for drybrushing the highlights. For a detailed painting guide, please refer to Weathering Vehicles, by Jim Gordon.

Imperial Japanese Army Camouflage Colours

Colour Humbrol Revell Testors Tamiya Gunze Pactra
Khaki 72 XF49 H81
Infantry uniform jackets, trousers, webbing, soft caps, und Helme. Artillery pieces.
Brown 10 X9 H7
Infantry boots, leather equipment, und helmets.
Middle Stone 84 (?) XF59 (?)
Vehicle colour, part of the 4-colour pattern on Fujimi’s Ho-Ni Type 1.
Wood Brown 26* (?)
Vehicle colour, part of the 4-colour pattern on Fujimi’s Ho-Ni Type 1.
Khaki Green 30* (?) XF26 / XF58 (?)
Vehicle colour, part of the 4-colour pattern on Fujimi’s Ho-Ni Type 1.
Mahogany 29* (?) XF52 (?)
Vehicle colour, part of the 4-colour pattern on Fujimi’s Ho-Ni Type 1.
Army Green 2114
Aircraft colour
Army Light Grey 2115
Aircraft colour
Navy Green 2116
Aircraft colour
Navy Sky Grey 2117
Aircraft colour
Deep Yellow 2118
Aircraft marking colour

* Also available as acrylic paint.

Japanese vehicles were sometimes painted in a plain middle stone or khaki green. A variety of camouflage patterns existed as well, using one, two or three disruptive colours over a middle stone or khaki green base colour.

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