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P-51 Mustang color question
Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, August 30, 2020 6:46 AM

I'm building a Mustang from the 359th FG.....The Green Nose from East Wretham. 

Anybody have an idea on the green for the nose. Trying to use Tamiya and I'll mix of needed

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 30, 2020 1:43 PM

tempestjohnny
Anybody have an idea on the green for the nose. Trying to use Tamiya and I'll mix of needed

Your question has been asked before. Here's a pretty good assessment of the issue:

https://forum.largescaleplanes.com/index.php?/topic/13151-359th-fg-green-nose-whats-the-fs-for-that/

Cheers

Greg

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Sunday, August 30, 2020 4:15 PM

Thanks I think it's going to be one of those if it looks close colors

 

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Posted by gregbale on Sunday, August 30, 2020 9:49 PM

tempestjohnny

Thanks I think it's going to be one of those if it looks close colors

Considering it was probably mixed from (variable) existing paint stocks on an 'as needed' basis, it's pretty hard to go wrong as long as you avoid the bright 'apple green' shades. I've always suspected it might mainly be the Medium Green shade used for counter-shading on wing edges of mid-war US aircraft like the Havocs and late-model P-40s.

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Posted by Tubosteve on Monday, August 31, 2020 8:11 AM

See photo on wikpedia, seems like almost any shade of green was used (well, at least 2 or 3 Confused)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/359th_Fighter_Group#/media/File:359th_Fighter_Group_-_P-51D_Mustangs.jpg 

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Posted by lawdog114 on Monday, August 31, 2020 9:06 PM

Tubosteve

See photo on wikpedia, seems like almost any shade of green was used (well, at least 2 or 3 Confused)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/359th_Fighter_Group#/media/File:359th_Fighter_Group_-_P-51D_Mustangs.jpg 

 

Nice!  Looks like the one on the foreground was done in Olive Drab.  It seems to confirm they used whatever they had on hand.  Great reference pic.  Useful for when I build Wetmore's machine. 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 5:08 AM

lawdog114

 

 
Tubosteve

See photo on wikpedia, seems like almost any shade of green was used (well, at least 2 or 3 Confused)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/359th_Fighter_Group#/media/File:359th_Fighter_Group_-_P-51D_Mustangs.jpg 

 

 

 

Nice!  Looks like the one on the foreground was done in Olive Drab.  It seems to confirm they used whatever they had on hand.  Great reference pic.  Useful for when I build Wetmore's machine. 

 

Daddy's Girl is what I'm building now. I'd also like to do his Green Nose B

 

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Thursday, September 3, 2020 4:05 AM

I think I've found a color for the nose.  Tamiya XF-70 is a dark green. Seems to match the wiki pic for the 2 in the middle.

 

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Posted by Bish on Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:19 AM

Look forward to seeing you build this TJ. Anything from Norfolk gets my attention.

I was doing some reading on this a few years ago and from what i gather they just used what ever paint they had to had. Often it was British paint which would have been easier to get hold off.

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Posted by tempestjohnny on Saturday, September 5, 2020 5:22 AM

Figured I would post this here just to show the green

 

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Posted by gregbale on Saturday, September 5, 2020 8:43 AM

Lookin' good! YesBeer

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Posted by lewbud on Thursday, September 10, 2020 7:52 PM

Looking good TJ!

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