Please send in photographs so they can be posted here for all to see and enjoy. Please send jpgs no larger than 800k to firstname.lastname@example.org.M4A3 Sherman Tank
This M4A3 Sherman Tank, arrived on Sabine Field, Norwich University in April, 1957. "Sabine Sally" was removed for restoration in December 2010 after years of neglect and cadet Shenanigans. The premier armor restoration shop in the US, Milspec in NJ, was selected for this task. After sandblasting it was primed in TM9 Red Epoxy Primer and then re-painted in the exact shade of OD 319 (TM9 #8) as it left the factory in during early 1944. Norwich is the oldest private military academy in the United States. Bob Rubino and his team returned this factory new Sherman to Sabine Field on April 30, 2013.
An uncommon restoration of an uncommon vehicle. Few soft skin military vehicles evoke as much curiosity as the amphibious Ford Jeep, known as the GPA. Manny Rogers of "Duck Tours" fame in Boston is fortunate to have one, and even more fortunate to have the crew at Mil-Spec complete another outstanding restoration. Along the way Mil-Spec used the TM9-822 red Oxide Epoxy Primer on every part to insure it would resist rusting. Why epoxy primer? Well to quote Manny, "I don't want to lie in bed at night and listen to the GPA rusting away". This GPA was not made to just display, or drive, it was made to swim! Once the tub was complete, every hole was plugged, every channel blocked and it was filled with water before the frame was installed. Once it was "hull secure" it was finished in the same shade of olive drab it left the factory in over 66 years ago. Painted in TM9 two part urethane Lustreless Olive Drab Shade #8, it is the same as the 1939-1949 lustreless OD designated as 319 in 1943. The registration numbers are painted with the TM9 Blue Drab spray paint. TM9 OD and Blue Drab are the most accurate current modern produced shades available anywhere in the world. Can you read the numbers? Bet not!
From every angle this is one classic concourse restoration that has now found its home in the New England part of the Country. Another show stopping restoration of mechanical perfection and authenticity. What we all strive to achieve with our own vehicles, Bob Rubino and his team already have time and time again.
Red Ball CCKW'S
Here are more images of the two CCKW's that Mil-Spec restored using TM9 Ordnance paint products. As a point of reference, the gas cans on these vehicles still retain the 1956 33070 shade of Olive Drab that some vehicle restorers use in error believing it is a WWII era shade of olive drab.
I am honored to provide the following images. You are looking at the personal vehicle of Bob Rubino, owner of Mil-Spec. This GMC CCKW has just been painted with TM9 Ordnance Lustreless Olive Drab synthetic enamel Shade #8 paint. This enamel paint met the requirements that many owners of WWII vehicles look for, the most accurate shade of Olive Drab as used from 1939 to 1949, and a paint that enables you to paint over existing painted surfaces without the requirement of a complete frame off restoration. This CCKW is perhaps one of the best mechanically taken care of WWII vehicles on the road. As most of you know this vehicle has traveled thousands of miles, often time with an M29 Weasel in the bed, while towing a 57mm AT gun.
If you look in the background you will also notice the turret and front drive assembly of an M4 Sherman tank. These components were sandblasted and then primed with TM9 Ordnance Epoxy Primer in October of 2008. After sitting outside during the winter months, it shows NO signs of rust or corrosion on any surfaces.
Another GMC CCKW
In this picture, Therese paints another CCKW "Tipper" in the Olive Drab Shade #8. Bob Rubino has established an experienced staff of professionals that understand the intricacies of the uniqueness of an entire range of WWII and modern Military Vehicles. A full-time welder, engine and suspension mechanic, a painter, and Jim Gilmore, long time restoration and vehicle expert round out one of the best teams in the industry.
Buick M18 Hellcat
The following pictures are from Mil-Spec Restorations. After a two year long complete restoration, the WWII Buick M18 Hellcat is just days away from being delivered to its new owner. It is painted with TM9 Ordnance Enamel Lustreless Olive Drab Shade #8. You can see the registration stencil has been applied and is about to be painted with TM9 Blue Drab Stenciling spray paint.
The Sherman is another complete teardown restoration. After being sandblasted, the entire hull has been primed with TM9 Epoxy primers. Red Oxide Epoxy for the exterior, and White Epoxy for all of the interior portions. Two complete coats of epoxy are on this hull and at least three coats of white epoxy reside on the interior. Since most privately owned tanks are kept in areas that do not have heating or air conditioning, condensation and extreme moisture due to changes in the weather can greatly impact the inside of an armor vehicle. Years of experience insures that Bob Rubino, owner of Mil Spec, goes the extra mile to give his clients as much of an advantage to help combat this issue.M4 Sherman
The first coat of TM9 Ordnance Catalyzed Urethane Lustreless Olive Drab Shade #8 can be seen on the hull portion of this Sherman.
Here Bob Rubino, Dave Welch, President of the MVPA, and Rick Wark discuss the details of the recent RedBall Christmas Party with my wife in front of a portion of the Sven Johnson collection.
Here is the hull and frame of a Ford GPA that has been disassembled, sandblasted and primed with TM9 Red Oxide Primer. This is the third frame off WWII Ford GPA that is being completed with TM9 products. All of these vehicles are made to swim, not just drive!
WWII German Kubelwagen and halftrack being restored by Mil-Spec Restoration.
Above are pictures of an original WWII German Kubelwagen Type 82 restored by Mil-Spec in New Jersey. After sandblasting the body, TM9 Red Oxide Epoxy primer was used to seal and protect. Then TM9 German WWII 7028 Dunkelgelb urethane paint was used to complete the painting. I have included a number of images since the shade changes based on the lighting of each image. If in the CONUS, please email us if you would like a Q panel sample of the TM9 German WWII 7028 Dunkelgelb urethane paint.
The leading armor restoration shop in the USA is Mil-Spec in Belvidere NJ. These images show an OT-810 that has been completely stripped of most of its original armor and rebuilt to replicate a WWII German SdKfz 251 Halftrack. After sandblasting this vehicle was primed with TM9 Red Oxide Epoxy Primer. Once additional fabrication was completed, the first coat of TM9 German WWII 7028 Dunkelgelb urethane paint is applied.