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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 21:10 pm 
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OK, linked to the "confessional" thread in off-topic - I have found a very good match to original blanco in terms of colour and coverage. It was a spray tin of matt OD vehicle paint that I bought from a French dealer a few years back.

(I know, hanging my head in shame for using spray paint, but no-one has realised in 4 years of wearing it and it is mixed with real blancoed items and theyu all look the same. Will go and sit in the corner now)

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What about tankies that wore black belts ?

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Boot polish, like certain RM units and I think 4th para bn

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Boot polish comes off onto your KD!
Now here's a 'beezed up' tanky for you!
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Borg wrote:
What about tankies that wore black belts ?



That was done post ww2 by the Royal Tank Regiment in the UK and in Germany. Its was scrubbed in hotter climates.A old boy i meet up with everyweek was in 7 RTR during his national service in Hong Kong which he said it was all scrubbed out there and only did Blancoing when he was in Training and apon his return to the UK. Black 37 pattern belts And still worn today but only worn by Ruperts in 1RTR.

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We had black 37 patt belts issued in 79 in the REME.

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And at RAF Swinderby in 1980, we had to blacken ours

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So S&S Blanco is pretty good? I got a couple of blocks of Kiddle, while the colour is great, it just didn't cover well how ever hard i tried, and now already after only a few uses its coming off (and ive brushed it down multiple times) and was looking to cover over it.

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I've been playing with Blanco, as is my want.
I was looking at No.97 and the various repro no.97. Not exhaustive because I don't have the Soldier of Fortune version but my tests include original No.97, original No.103, the Razzman version and the two greens from Pegasus, No.97 and Standard shade. I added a patch of KG3 as a control, we all have an idea what that looks like? I also used some of the post war Pickerings renovator(tinned pasted type) to see what came out.
Early days as it is still drying but the results are interesting so far. Let's say I'm sure I know which version Razzman used as a guide.
Dont worry, although the original 97 and 103 came from the classic blocks they were part used when I got them. No minty wrapped blocks were hurt.

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Well, it's 99% dry. There are some folks who wont like what I have found.
No.97 off the block onto nos webbing is a very, very close match for......
Modern army green canvas goods. Landrover cushion, Don 10 cable bag, very good colour match to No.97.
No.103 is lighter than No.97, no shock there. Dig out your WW2 lightweight respirator bag, thats not far off.
What is shocking is that No.103 is closer to No.97 than the Pegasus and Razzman repro.
Pegasus is way too green, Razzman is way, way too yellow but a very good match for the post war Pickerings web renovator No.97 which has that almost acid green tint.
No.97 and No.103 are both rather drab shades lacking the vigor of the 1954 'polish' type renovator.
It turns out 'pea green' is more of a 'pea pod green' and is much more muted than I had thought.

You did all catch the notes on the 'wax block' blanco?
Its often listed for sale as KG3, well it isnt. It's OD 19 and dates from around 1949. Here is the story so far; http://www.blancoandbull.com/blanco-history/olive-drab/
Wasnt I clever to spot the OD19/jungle green link? :roll:
Still, it's another colour used by the British Units, only post war.

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reddevil1311 wrote:
It is my understanding that Canadian troops did not blanco their webbing?

Someone in Canada was Blancoing, at least by wars end.
I have some Capo brand 'Cleanser, Haversack Respirator, Anti-Gas Web Equipment, Mark II
Dark Brown' Dated 1945. The MkI version was closer to that illusive pea green shade and dates from 1940. The MKII is just as described, a dark brown. Not far removed from khaki serge, perhaps slightly darker and browner. It should be noted that both are for 'Haversack Respirator' so come as a powder. Was this used on general webbing?
Here are pictures of the product;
http://www.blancoandbull.com/blanco-history/capo-brand/

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Oh Sean, stop teasing and post up some pics...

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I will when it stops raining, fluorescent lights are not good for colour photos.

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What you are seeing Left to Right, top to bottom.
Original 103, original 97, original KG3; all applied to wet webbing
Pegasus 97, original 97, original 103, Pegasus Standard shade; on dry webbing
Razzman 97, Pickerings renovator 97, Capo MkII Dark Brown; dry webbing
I think the Pegasus isnt that far off now fully dried. It is a little too green in both No.97 and Standard shade versions.
Razzman clearly matched his to the paste type 'renovator'. If he didn't I'd love to see what was used.
After Beltring I'll add the SoF versions for you to compare.
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I only added the Capo Brown as I had some but had never seen any on webbing before.

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Good stuff!

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Kewl.

Considering the colour variations of what was considered "khaki" wool, has anyone done a test on the colour variations of blanco that are supposendly the same code? So, 103 from different manufacturers and different batches?

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