P37 pouches from khaki to olive drab

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    Glencoe
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    P37 pouches from khaki to olive drab

    Post by Glencoe on Mon Jan 29, 2018 5:13 pm

    Hi,

    I somewhat recently bought two old p37 pouches. Sadly I didn't take any before pictures, but I will describe them as best as I can. They were the standard MII/MIII basic pouches in khaki. Over the khaki was a lot of green blanco which I assume was dutch. I couldn't really get the pouches clean so I decided to restore them. As a replacement of the somewhat rare blanco I used olive green shoe cream. It was worked in with a paintbrush with short bristles. I got most of my info from Blancoandbull.com


    I like how the colour has turned out, somehow there is a bit of a difference between the two pouches, but it doesn't really show.


    In comparison with an original blancoed strap the colour matches well enough, a bit more green but assembled this wouldn't make a lot of difference.



    Here a picture with the original khaki still inside the pouch.

    I think it makes a good addition for my post war webbing set. What do you guys think?
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    Re: P37 pouches from khaki to olive drab

    Post by Wolverine on Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:57 pm

    They look pretty sharp. With some weathering, the colours would probably resemble the original pieces even more closely.

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    Re: P37 pouches from khaki to olive drab

    Post by michelwijnand on Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:23 am

    I've been wondering, people have been calling those green cans green shoe cream, but are they really not just actual Blanco? I mean have they ever pasted their boots green?

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    Re: P37 pouches from khaki to olive drab

    Post by Glencoe on Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:47 am

    Those green cans are actual dutch Blanco. It has some similarities with shoe cream, I believe it was based on the use of black shoe cream to protect web gear with the tank units of the british army.
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    Re: P37 pouches from khaki to olive drab

    Post by Wolverine on Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:08 am

    Yes, I agree, the green tins are certainly blanco. The tins are the same shape/size as the brown shoe polish tins, but painted a different colour. Earlier types of blanco, I think, came in paper wrappers.

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    Re: P37 pouches from khaki to olive drab

    Post by Glencoe on Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:53 am

    The dutch army started using the old powdered Blanco. I think this was packaged in paper. Later they changed to the shoe-polish style in tin cans. That is what I've tried to replicate. I'm still trying to get the 'shine' out; I'm now trying to add in something gritty to my repro-blanco. At this moment I've added flour, and I think this is working quite well.
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    Re: P37 pouches from khaki to olive drab

    Post by Wolverine on Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:11 am

    It is possible that the original blanco also had some shine when it was freshly applied, and then through time it became flatter.

    The Canadian Army used a very similar shade of blanco during the 1950s and 1960s on WE 51 items. I have managed to build a couple of complete sets that match pretty well. The stuff is really heavily applied.

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