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#1 Jim B

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:39 AM

I just picked up the Revell/Monogram 1937 Ford Delivery Truck, and it seems like a nice kit.  The instructions say to paint the engine a "medium green", and a quick Yahoo! search has verified that Ford did indeed paint their engines green in 1937. 

 

Now, my question is, what is a good match for the 1937 Ford Engine Green?  The only reference pics I've really been able to find are either pics of engines that some has hot-rodded, or black & white photos.  Neither of which are terribly helpful.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 06:47 AM

Pictures on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia....thead_V8_engine

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:02 AM

Eric's exactly right...it's a slightly bluish, muddy gray-green.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:15 AM

A "slightly-bluish-muddy-grey-green".  Well, that sure is descriptive!  Now I just have to figure out how to paint it.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:23 AM

This is pretty close to what it looks like fresh, but it tends to gray out a little over time.

 

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:41 AM

That's a nice looking engine.  Are you rebuilding that one?



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:46 AM

... Are you rebuilding that one?

Nope, it's not one of mine...just a shot I found on the web that's a good match for what we use. Easier to post that one than dig thru all of my photos right now.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 07:47 AM

Ok, thanks.  Is there an "off the shelf" color for this?



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:08 AM

This is what I use for stock older flatheads, but it's a little pricey just for a model.

 

http://www.hirschaut...tion=FORD GREEN

 

My notes say  Duplicolor Detroit Diesel Alpine Green DE1618 is close (I think that's what they say), but I think it's actually a little lighter.

 

http://www.tcpglobal...CFQzNnAod7xYAUg

 

If you have a decent hobby shop, I'm sure you can match up something about right.



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:24 AM

Thanks.  I actually have some of that Detroit Diesel Alpine Green, but to me it looks a little too green.  Here's a Detroit Diesel 8V71 that I painted with it:

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See what I mean?



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Posted 21 March 2013 - 08:53 AM

Yeah, needs a little graying down. Still, it's pretty close and could pass if there aren't any Ford fanatics looking. If you airbrush, you could decant some and mix in a little touch of black and white, mayhaps.