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Spitfire and Hurricane question
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 7:56 PM
Hey Guys,
I got a question that needs an answer: What color did the British use to undercoat (Primer) Spits and 'Canes in 1940-41?
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    March 2003
  • From: Newport News VA
Posted by Buddho on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 8:11 PM
Take a look at this photo : www.nasm.edu/nasm/garber/98jan/CM0009.jpg
Is it zinc chromate?

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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, March 18, 2003 8:31 PM
It looks like it. The reason that I'm asking the ? is that, a friend of mine want to build a weathered, battle-hardened Spitfire during the Battle of Britian. He has shown me a pic of a Spit with chunks of paint peeled off, and we were discussing what color did the Brits use under the Sky and Camo on their aircraft.
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 11:41 AM
Good question, remember that the rear fuselage on a hurricane is fabric as are the control surfaces on both aircraft. I think chromate is correct for the metal bits but couldn't say about the fabric. You could always ask the RAF!
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    December 2002
  • From: Lyons Colorado, USA
Posted by Ray Marotta on Wednesday, March 19, 2003 12:17 PM
Fabric covered surfaces are first painted with silver dope
(nitorcellulose dope) to prevent Ultra-violet light from degrading the fabric.

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