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 Post subject: M18 Smoke Grenades
PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 13:12 pm 
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I know know Rat posted the quesiton a while ago, but has anyone got an decent pics of ww2 smoke grenades??

I've some images where the can is pale blue/grey, some with a pale green and some in OD??? Lettering ranges, from white, yellow and orange.

I've got some vietnam cans I want repaint

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if there orignal ill buy em

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 Post subject: Too Late I've done it!!
PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2005 11:24 am 
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Right you lot!

I've made myself a repro based upon the colour scheme as seen Michel DeTrez's 'First Airborne Task Force' book on page 34.

All you need is an empty post war M18 grenade (ebay about £17), nitromors it and replace the spent tape covering the exit holes with pieces of masking tape. Then spray it with 'Ford Dove Grey' from Halfords (£4.99). I didn't use primer so the scratches will look right!

Next I created a template in word. For the font I used Arial Bold sizes as follows:

SMOKE - 54pt
YELLOW - 54pt

BAND - 11mm wide

HA 2 - 43 - 26pt (used arial black for thicker font)
LOT 175 - 26pt (used arial black for thicker font)

I then printed it out and cut it out bloody carefully with a scalpel. Tape it round the can, stick the centres of the 'Os' on in position with the tiniest pieces of blue tack. For the centre pieces of the letters on the smaller text I didn't bother, just brushed it in freehand.

Then with matt humbrol enamel, I carefully brushed in the lettering trying to make sure you don't let paint seep under the mask. I tried dabbing the paint on at first with a bit of rag but too much bled underneath.

Take the mask off admire your work! Paint the top in the colour of the smoke, again in humbrol matt enamel. :lol:

I then put on a genuine ww2 fuse and lever bought at stoneleigh (£10), bit extravagant, but I though it deserved it!

Jobs a good un! Good luck, it’s pretty easy really!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: M18 Smoke Grenades
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 5:34 am 
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I did my WWII M18 smoke greande from replica bought in airsoft shop :) Everything I did as you wrote and this is effect of my work:

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 Post subject: Re: M18 Smoke Grenades
PostPosted: Thu Jul 01, 2010 7:00 am 
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Very nice - you can improve on the technique tho: Use 'Frisk' Masking Film & attach with 'Spray Mount'. Try to get a hold of a Stenciling Brush (all from a local Craft Shop/Art Supplier).

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Ive got some real unpopped ones, tops are cosmoline coated, there is a piece of square tape over the hole in the botton painted same colour as body and cosmolined. Yellow paint is a very dull yellow and the font is fatter than yours


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Just to add, the markings were not stenciled,the tin was rolled over a rubber stamp, that's what i done with mine. Its in the tec manual TM 9 1905, they show how its done to shells.


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