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PostPosted: Thu 25 May 2017 20:01 pm 
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This is a 1950s vehicle, I believe at this time the interiors were Eau-De-Nil.


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PostPosted: Tue 18 Jul 2017 23:53 pm 
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A question for Mike Starmer;

If an AEC Matador in RAF use in WW2 had a flatbed and the vehicle was painted in SCC.2 brown and it had a dark brown or black mickey mouse colour on the cab roof and on any surfaces seen from above, then presumably the flatbed boards would be dark brown or black too?

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jul 2017 12:08 pm 
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Larry , in theory they would be the dark brown or black, but it was alway RAF policy not to paint hardwood truck beds, they had a preservative put on them which gave a dark appearance - in any case they would be oil and muck stained very quickly

Re 1950s fire truck interiors, yea eau de nil

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PostPosted: Wed 19 Jul 2017 23:09 pm 
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Thanks Ted; so a matt varnished wood colour would be the look when it came out of the factory?

But what colour wood I wonder for my model; pine might be too light, teak too reddish brown so dark oak I guess might be a suitable colour but not too dark.


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PostPosted: Thu 20 Jul 2017 14:21 pm 
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yes dark oak would be good
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PostPosted: Tue 25 Jul 2017 11:41 am 
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I believe the flatbed planking was pre-soaked in Creosote, a by product of the coal gas production process. It was commonly used during WW2 and after, available in hardware stores. It was used on the timber decking of bridges too, including Bailey type. When wet it appears a very, very dark brown-black but dries to a lighter shade as it soaked into the timber. After a while it took on the wood colour but much darker. It looks like the modern black timber preservative but was thicker in consistency.


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PostPosted: Wed 26 Jul 2017 15:01 pm 
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I guess it depend somewhat on where the truck was in service - if somewhere like North Africa the wood would probably soon get bleached, and also worn by the effect of sandstorms.
Looking at my dad's of photos it seems to me the wood on the truck sides is lighter than the cab bodywork which I assume are in (faded) desert colours.

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