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    Default 1943 Flying flea (paint)

    Hi all

    I'm hoping to spray my flying flea soon but im wondering what the exact colour green was they used on the flea, the type of paint and where to get it from.

    Anyone knows please let me know thanks
    Sam

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    Default Re: 1943 Flying flea (paint)

    Hi Sam, there were a few, try asking the Guys on the BSAWM20 forum a few chaps have Fleas and will tell you everything from washer size to paints ;-) My experience of paints - Dont use enamel as I have it chips far to easily but does patina well, some OD is porous. Some Fleas were Brown some OD, depending on what year yours is and what you want it to rep. I think late war most things were the US OD as it came Lense / Lease from the US.
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    Default Re: 1943 Flying flea (paint)

    A 1943 Flea would most likely have been brown, SCC2. This is now Service Brown BS381C ref 499 but only in matt finish. Any gloss level dramatically darkens the shade, a peculiarity of this colour.

    British built vehicles were never US olive drab. We had our own version which came into use in early 1944 but it is not the same as US olive drab even though it was called olive drab. Still available, though possibly a little darker than the wartime spec as 298.
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    Default Re: 1943 Flying flea (paint)

    I've done mine in BS (British Standard) 499 Service Brown. In 1944 the colour was more likely BS 298 British Olive Drab. For the last few years I've bought my paint from a local auto paint store http://www.rainbow-paints.co.uk/ and I use their single pack polyurethane matt paint. Ron

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    Default Re: 1943 Flying flea (paint)

    Quote Originally Posted by Greenlanekit View Post
    Hi Sam, there were a few, try asking the Guys on the BSAWM20 forum a few chaps have Fleas and will tell you everything from washer size to paints ;-) My experience of paints - Dont use enamel as I have it chips far to easily but does patina well, some OD is porous. Some Fleas were Brown some OD, depending on what year yours is and what you want it to rep. I think late war most things were the US OD as it came Lense / Lease from the US.
    http://www.wdbsa.nl/

    Thank you for that info ill bare that one in mind haha
    sam

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