NATO & Modern Armor Paint

Published: April 28th, 2019     
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Reviewed by: 
Michael Reeves, IPMS# 511129
Company: Tru-Color Paint
Price: $32.95
Product / Stock #: 10703

Tru-Color Paint was formed in 2008 by Rick Galazzo and Scott Cohen, both of whom come from extensive backgrounds in formulating paint on the commercial scale. They set out on their own to develop this paint line of solvent-based paint by reformulating the old Accupaint formulation to flow better and give a more glossy appearance after drying. They currently offer over 600 colors offered with more to follow. Sets and single bottles are available and include lines for railroad, automotive, and military aircraft and armament lines.

The specific set I tested was specifically for NATO and modern armor and includes a sample of their masking frisket papers as well as the following colors in 1 oz. bottles:

  • TCP-1410: NATO Green
  • TCP-1411: NATO - Military Brown
  • TCP-1412: NATO Black
  • TCP-1413: OIF - Desert Sand
  • TCP-1414: Tan Camo for Vehicles
  • TCP-1415: Seafoam Green for Vehicles

I tested the colors on my Bosnian AMX-30. The colors built up slowly and the paints were quite thin, which is helpful when you are trying to ease the layers along in a build.

Tru-Color suggests spraying their sprayable paints at 28-35 PSI using a medium tip on the airbrush 4-6" away from the model for best results. I sprayed the paints using my Badger 100LG at 30 PSI on a 73-degree day with 86% humidity. Tru-Color says thinning is not required, but if a person wants to do so, they suggest using their TCP-015 Thinner or TCP-310 Retarder. I sprayed the color as was and was rewarded with excellent coverage and nice opacity. The paint contains acetone and clean-up is also using acetone. I did so and found it did the job nicely with no residual paint.

I highly recommend these paints for the modeler. They are very easy to use and even easier to clean up. The opacity is excellent and often, only one coat is truly needed. As they continue to expand their range, I look forward to seeing more military paints for WWII and modern subjects. My sincere thanks to Rick and Tru-Color paints, as well as to the IPMS-USA for providing me with this sample set to test.

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