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 Post subject: Malaya Emergency colours
PostPosted: Mon 08 Jul 2013 23:18 pm 
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What colour were the trucks, APCs, scout cars, etc. painted during the Malaya Emergency? Was it the 'standard' post war bronze green? I'm assuming mud was used for impromptu camo...

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PostPosted: Mon 08 Jul 2013 23:41 pm 
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A bro-in-law of mine who was an RMP there at the time said that they had to paint 'big brush stokes' using a '4 inch' brush of a bright green over the dark green of their jeeps [both Willy's and the Austin Champ] and scout cars. He was a modeller for a while, and this goes back, but he painted some of his models Airfix 17 [approx = to Humbrol 75 Bronze Green] with Humbrol 2 as the bright green. I reckon that was the closest he could get in the 1970s.
I think he said the bright green came from stores and was war surplus.


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PostPosted: Tue 09 Jul 2013 18:16 pm 
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Many thanks, Fred, very interesting. I've got a BW models Bedford 'Pig' I'm trying to get finished. Be nice to have more details on these 'Big Brush Strokes', as in stripes, blotches, etc...

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I think the brush stokes were to be varied in length and angles, as an irregular camo. In b-i-l's opinion the bright green was very bright, he thought the Humbrol 2 was a bit dark.
I'm trying to remember some of the stories he told me.
Caveat; remember this was an ex-soldier, spinning a story; he told me that they got orders to put the bright green paint on their vehicles. Having got the paint, brushes, they also acquired a local guy who did odd jobs for the soldiers. They [b-i-l, and others] explained what was required, made payment, then sloped off to get some beers into them. They went back later to find the local had used all the paint on just one Champ. All of it was bright green, tyres, seats, floor, steering wheel. The paint was dry [probably a quick drying brushing cellulose paint]. They had no chance of putting it right. So they took the number plates off, took the Champ round to a different unit in the base, and swopped it for one of theirs - without telling them of course. Later this unit discovered the swop and called in the RMPs to investigate and catch the culprits. And of course my b-i-l was one of the RMPs who went around to investigate - in the swopped Champ.


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PostPosted: Thu 11 Jul 2013 21:08 pm 
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The post war colour was Deep Bronze Green No.224. Humbrol 75 is nothing like it. The real colour is depply saturated yellow green with e reddish tinge whilst the Humbrol colour is a dark greyish blue-green.. I think WEM do the nearest OOT, the Xtracolour sample I tested was too light and green.


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Thanks, both.
@Fred. Think I'll give this ago on my test model, first, see if I can't come up with something that looks okay.
@mikestarmer. I've read your pieces on the MAFVA site, so I'm aware that the Humbrol colour is too blue. Is there any colour in the Valejo range that's close, would you know?

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PostPosted: Fri 19 Jul 2013 11:20 am 
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robunos wrote:
Is there any colour in the Valejo range that's close, would you know?

The nearest colour that I have is 70975 Military Green. It is a fraction too light against the standard but OK for a model. You should apply satin varnish over the colour for the correct appearance.


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Many thanks for that...

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