Rhodesian Army vehicle camouflage colours

Standard

 Rhodesian Vehicle camo 1966  1979

Apparently during this early period Rhodesian military vehicles were painted gloss dark green and when operations started a matt dark green.

In 1966 it was decided to introduce a disruptive pattern of matt dark green with ochre patterns to a specific standard.

 standard base colour for the Rhodesian Army scheme 1966 would be the Dark green created by mixing Humbrol 76 uniform green, Humbrol 75 bronze green and humbrol 89 light blue. On the vehicles these colours would fade in the sun over the years with the green looking bluer.

Rhodesian Vehicle Camouflage

Selous Scouts vehicles for later external column raids

To complete the vehicles I spray painted overall with black or dark grey primer and then painted in pseudo Mozambique Army colours.

Dark green created by mixing Humbrol 76 uniform green, Humbrol 75 bronz green and humbrol 89 light blue.

Dry brush Humbrol 62 for dirt and rust.

Humbrol 28 to dry brush highlights.

The Ferrets for the Selous Scouts column raid on Nyadzonia they were just painted all over with the standard Rhodesian Dark Green blue.

Rhodesian Army Vehicle Camouflage introduced 1966.

To complete I spray painted overall with black or dark grey primer and then painted in Rhodesian Army colours.

Dark green created by mixing Humbrol 76 uniform green, Humbrol 75 bronz green and humbrol 89 light blue.

The ochre colour was created by using Humbrol 83.

Dry brush Humbrol 62 for dirt and rust.

Humbrol 28 to dry brush highlights.

1979

In 1979 when the T55s were introduced the SA instructors advised that anti IR paint be used on them for camouflage. Dark Earth/ Dark Green. The Rhodesian army then gradually began to use this camouflage scheme.

Bronze Breen late 50s to early 60s.
Overall Matt Camouflage Green 1965
Overall Matt camouflage green 1965-66.
Op Vermin all vehicles in overall matt camouflage green 1966. The new Rhodesian Army Camouflage of Dark Blue Green and Ochre would be phased in after 1966.
Land Rover use by the Army would become restricted once the Land Mine became prevalent.
Bedford in the new camouflage but some what faded by the sun at this stage,
1RAR 1978 newly painted MAP 4.5 TCV.
C Coy 6RR Merc 4.5 GS with faded camouflage scheme 1978.
1979 the new Dark Earth Dark Green camouflage which was introduced by the SA instructors for the new T55 tanks issued to E Sqn RhACR. This scheme would gradually be introduced to the army from then on. This tank is pictured in 1981 after the second Battle of Entumbane.

2 thoughts on “Rhodesian Army vehicle camouflage colours

  1. juergen olk

    You should publish a book ,that is good fro gamers and History buffs,you have so much information.And put in your art prints.

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