Because as you (and cour build blog) have infected me with the Tiger virus, I have spent over the last week´s lot of time to analyze pic. of Tunisian Tigers.
I even bought Trojca´s Tiger 1942-43 Vol 1 (which is by the way a wonderfull one)
I am especially interested in the used colours of the Tunisian Tiger´s.
Analyzing the very clear pics. about transportation and loading of 250014 and 250012 on/off in Italy and Tunisia, I come to the heretic conclusion that this Tiger`s was not painted in RAL8020 as Trojca write.
The colour shade is to dark for 8020, so it must have been RAL8000.
As I have pointed out here http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=168231&page=1
I was travelling around 20 years trough the Sahara with 2 different trucks in RAL8000 matt. So I have lot of colour photos showing them in different Desert conditons, even in Tunisia.
Furthermore, I have a company demo truck painted in RAL8020 for military presentations (Note: The colour was remixed from a german paint producer, specialized even in Wehrmacht colour tones, by using an original RAL-chart from 1942 for the RAL8020)
If you make this picture simply b/w, it looks like this
RAL8020 is much brighter than the photos in Trojca`s book shows the colour of the Tiger´s.
For comparison, pictures of my U404 painted in RAL8000, photographed 22 years ago in an hungarian off-roaf area and in Tunisia March/April 1989, so in the same period as the Tigers has fought there.
Original colour ones:
and even this, made in March/April 1989 some kilometers south of Sbeitla
and here the b/w version for comparison:
Note: all the pic. from the U404 are made always with the same camera and the same film (Fuji 200 21DIN/100 ASA) and has been simply scanned in by myself some days ago. The b/w version was only made by change of the colour in IRFANVIEW and not overworked.
If you compare this RAL8000 b/w photos with the photos in Trojcas´s book, the colour tone has the same “grey” and is much darker than RAL8020 will be in reality, if you look at my demo-truck photo for comparison.
On b/w photos RAL8020 is very close to the “Dunkelgelb” RAL7028, for which you have even some interesting photo-shades in Trojca´s book, from different units, supplied with new Tigers, painted in RAL7028