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Old Aug 25, 2014, 11:47 AM
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US Coast Guard yellow color

If you had to chose one of these which would you use?
My time at sea was spent painting grey decks and light blue superstructures, So I haven't a clue how the Coast Guard color really appeared to the eye.
Have searched the net and seen a few shades of yellow.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 12:28 PM
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Coast Guard Buff (Yellow)

I believe that the yellow used by the Coast Guard was referred to as Buff.

I believe I have several bottles of the old Floquil Marine paint in Coast Guard Buff, if you are interested.

Let me know.

Ed
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 12:49 PM
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I think you're talking about the color the USCG calls "Spar (Buff) FS 10371".

Here's a link to the FS chart that shows the color:
http://www.e-paint.co.uk/Federal_sta...lour_chart.asp

White Ensign Models makes an enamel that is an exact match.
Another close match is Badger Model Flex Marine Color, 16-405 Deck Tan.

If you're looking for "close enough", I will use Testors Deck Tan, especially on small scale plastic models. Others like PS railroad acrylic Union Pacific Armour Yellow. (I've never tried this one myself.)
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 02:09 PM
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Badger Model Flex Marine #16-405 Deck Tan is the closest match to Spar. It's what I use on all of my USCG models.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 06:05 PM
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having painted many gallons of CG buff on 1/1 scale stuff for a few years it an "about" color that varied from can to can, (you boxed your paint if you needed more than gallon)knowing I needed a good amount of spar/buff several bottles of close colors were mixed till a good color was attained , when my ship was alongside a ship by a master modeler who had used the same method the colors were very very close..
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 07:37 PM
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Thanks Guy's I knew you could come through with this one.
Just so you know the colors are from left to right:
Humbrol #93, beige?
Floquil, S P Armour yellow
Polly Scale, Depot buff
Model Master, Panama Buff

Looks like I'll use the Armour Yellow. I need to finish this thing this week and will start to paint yellow bright and early tomorrow. Unless Ed would send a bottle or two overnight mail.
And Ed, Yes I would like to have any of the bottles you want to part with. PM sent.
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Old Aug 26, 2014, 05:44 AM
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Unfortunately, I have the duty until 1600 today (Tuesday 26-08)

I would be glad to send the paint, but it wouldn't leave Maryland until
sometime time tomorrow.

Let me know.

If you still want the paint, just send me a note with your address.

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Old Aug 26, 2014, 06:51 AM
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I'll take the paint Ed.
PM sent your way.
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