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What color was the Mk 13 USN torpedo?

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    May 2003
What color was the Mk 13 USN torpedo?
Posted by Terry Bishop on Tuesday, May 13, 2003 7:42 PM
Folks, I'm currently constructing Accurate Miniatures' excellent 1/48th scale TBM-3 Avenger; the kit comes with a torpedo. I'm depicting the plane in after-market decals, circa spring 1945 in the Pacific. Any hints on what color to paint the torpedo? The instructions call for painting the torpedo in gun metal. Do you agree? Should the torpedo be all gun metal, or should the warhead section in front be painted yellow or red? Any thoughts on this would be highly appreciated. Thanks, Terry
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 11:24 AM
Terry ;
Am old Submarine sailor long retired and of fadeing memory..But WW II torpedos we still carried into the sixtys were painted black with unpolished bronze war heads. Screws were bronze also.Paint was pretty scuffy but they had been repainted several times before I saw them. As I recall these were models 9 & 11. Hope this gets you started: Chief John
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  • From: Saratoga Springs, NY
Posted by Jeeves on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 11:28 AM
I have the Avenger Model in Detail book from Bert Kinzey at home...I seem to remember some pics in there of torpedoes-- I can give it a look-through tonight if you'd like.
Mike
  • Member since
    February 2003
  • From: Saratoga Springs, NY
Posted by Jeeves on Wednesday, May 14, 2003 4:47 PM
Well-- the pics in the book are in B&W, but a color scheme can be deduced from them. All in all, the colors varied. In my book, I see one torpedo that looks to be all sea gray in color...in another, there is a black tip and in another there is a white tip.

Here is a website with a pic of one:

http://www.microworks.net/PACIFIC/armament/mk13_air.htm
Mike
  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Poway, Ca.
Posted by mostlyjets on Thursday, May 15, 2003 3:03 AM
I've seen photos of: all silver(gunmetal?) Mk13's; Silver rear and black nose; Black rear and lighter nose(bronze?). There is a color photo on aircraftresourcecenter.com under the walkaround section for the TBF Avenger. Just remember to put a wooden box around the fins. I believe (don't have info in front of me)they did this to protect fins from water impact and "box" would break apart on impact with water. Post photos when done.
All out of Snakes and Nape, switching to guns...
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