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    February 2003
Boeing grey
Posted by snobrd13 on Monday, June 9, 2003 8:05 PM
Can anyone out there help me. I'm building a couple of Boeing 247's, both of them requiring a paint scheme of "Boeing Grey". Does anyone happen to know if there is an FS number available for this color, if there is a combo mixture to achieve this or if there is a hobby paint manufacturer not using FS which produces paint under this name?
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 6:55 AM
Xtra Color markets a color they call BAC707 Boeing Grey, number X301.
I've used it on the wings and horiz stabilizers of a 1/144 scale 737-200, and I think the color is seems just a little dark - well, it's a little darker than the grey on the upper surfaces of Qantas 737's, but it looks pretty good - closer than any other paint I could find. I've no idea what the FS number would be.
The XtraColor paint must be thinned with white spirit (a refined form of turpentine) and they sit down very nicely. It's the first time I've used it and highly recommend it.

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

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    February 2016
Posted by eaglecentral on Wednesday, June 11, 2003 11:27 AM
Ahoy Snobird,

I spent a good part of yesterday evening trying to find a Boeing Grey reference on the internet with little success. The only solid hit was the Xtracolor X301 Boeing grey mentioned by Lee above. I don't think you'll find an FS reference because it's a commercial color and not military. If you do, it'll be because someone has eyeballed the color and used the FS 595b deck to make a judgement call, something you could do yourself with your own interpretation.

The Boeing 247 was built long before the FS reference system was invented. Boeing Grey in 1933 may be a different Boeing Grey than the 2003 variety. At one time Boeing had a historical section that was very helpful to modelers and their story was an article in FSM a few years ago. It may be worth your while to look these guys up.

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