"Faux" British Flimsy

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"Faux" British Flimsy

Post by Rustman » Fri Jan 05, 2018 1:40 pm

Picked up this cheap tin at the antique mall today for $3. As so many period photos of flimsy's show them repurposed as ash cans, funnels, cookers etc I figured I could do the same with this. It measures 9.5x9.25x13.75. It also holds 5 gallons when filled to the top. I don't know how close this is to the dimensions of a real British 4 gallon can. Can anyone advise as to color (colour) and any markings that should be painted on the sides? I'm looking to use this reenacting and use as a rag or trash can in my motorpool. Next event is Egypt 1942 at an RAF base, so even though I do AAF this will be the perfect detail to add.
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Re: "Faux" British Flimsy

Post by gerrykan » Fri Jan 05, 2018 2:40 pm

4 Imperial gallons = 4.8 US gallons according to an online converter.
That would leave a little room for expansion.
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Re: "Faux" British Flimsy

Post by David DeWeese » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:48 pm

Hi,

I made a couple of these for display with my desert 1940 CMP truck.

Went to Hobby Lobby and bought some cheap signs with the Shell embossed logo.
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Cut out the logo with a pair of industrial scissors and epoxied it to the can.
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Then painted it with silver hammer-finish paint.
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Looks fairly close to a real one I think...
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Re: "Faux" British Flimsy

Post by Rustman » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:46 am

David,

That really does look good! I decided to go the War Department route with mine. No "embossing". I put one coat of khaki paint bought at Tractor Supply. Looks a pretty good match for British "Sand Yellow". Unfortunately I don't have a picture of it yet. I might have to copy you on any future ones though. That Shell logo cut out and glued to the can really takes the cake.

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Re: "Faux" British Flimsy

Post by Rustman » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:23 am

Well it looks like I'm going to need a whole lot more of these :)
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Reminds me of the shacks in the Dominican Republic with the oil can siding. But for those they cut them apart, flattened and tacked to a wood frame.

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