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I remember a recent, lengthy post on the FSM forum regarding this very issue - posted (I think) by Blackwolf3945........and I can't find it.......but I DO remember that it stated (and it quoted from official USAAF manuals, I think) that normally, the P-51B and C gear doors and gear bays were painted with green zinc chromate - and then later in the development process of the aircraft (the D models and later) the paint was deleted from these areas - so the doors and bays of the D were natural aluminum - but there was discussion about the main spar (visible from within the gear bays) as normally having been painted green zinc chromate.
I guess the long and short of it said that for the D model, the gear doors were not painted, and the gear bays were sometimes painted - but often left unpainted - but it also said that sometimes everything was painted, and it was best to check your references for that particular airframe (!!) - possibly a fairly difficult job depending on the airframe you want to model.
But I'd leave the doors unpainted, and paint the bays.
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