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    Olive drab paint for US 75mm HE shell

    Hi there,

    I'm restoring a US 75mm HE shell cutaway and I want to paint it in the original colour eventually.
    I've been looking on Google for some olive drab paint, only to find out that a lot of colours between dark green and brown are marketed as olive drab.
    Does anyone know a RAL/BS381c/etc colour number really close to the original US olive drab? Then I can call the local paint shop to get it mixed.

    Thanks in advance,

    Thomas.

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    Is the modern ammunition colour coding reference chart of any use?

    NATO Ammunition Colour Refence Chart.jpg

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    US colours are know as Federal standard colours. A match for most WW2 US munitions in Olive Drab is usually the same as their vehicles in matt also know as forest green.

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    There is a company (in the US) called RAPCO that produces paint for military vehicle restoration, but their several shades of "OD" match ammo boxes very well, and I think it is close to what I have observed on munitions in the more "modern" era.

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    33070 OD pre-war to circa 1943
    34087 OD has a hint of khaki
    319 OD is late war from circa 1944 slightly lighter than 33070

    This side by side colour comparison from the G503 forum may be helpful.


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    The original paint on my shells is highly reflective - at least a semi-gloss.
    Below is a comparison of original paint (in casing) with a Rapco 23070 semi-gloss repaint. I have not been able to find a better match in a spray can yet. To get the right color you need an airbrush.
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    Last edited by jeff w; 17th January 2021 at 07:21 PM.

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    Thanks all! I've thought about it and bought some 33070 satin paint.
    I'll post some pics when I have finished restoring my 75mm cutaway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuka View Post
    I'll post some pics when I have finished restoring my 75mm cutaway!
    It took some time, but last week I finished painting this 75mm cutaway.
    So, here are some pictures as promised.
    Unfortunately, I don't have any photo's of the shell before puttying and painting, but it was in a rather poor relic-ish state.

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    Looks really good. Paint is a good match.
    You might want to take a paint brush and fill in the stencil gaps as they were always rolled on and thus had no gaps within the letters.

 

 

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