I am working on Revell's 1/48 P-51D. The instructions call for the landing gear bay, and interior of doors, to be chromate yellow.
I am thinking that for in the bay that is correct, but for the inner side of the doors, they should be as the exterior, aluminum.
I know this is the right place for the right answer!
Brian, 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.
Thanks very much for the help. That confirms my conclusion, paint the bay interior color but not the doors.
For Christmas I'll be getting the sounds of the P-51 CD from Ghost!
i have seen both yellow and green
and i guess if the door was replaced it may have no paint so that would be ok to
the long and short answer is all 3 and as long as it ain't pink with purple dots it's going to be ok
rossjr wrote:Not sure if this is important in this conversation or not but, my understanding is that on North American aircraft (the company not the continent) the wheel door covers were closed anyway, so I am not sure you can see them anyway. I know model photo's I've seen they are open but most of the references I've seen those doors are closed.
this is true many times but not always
after an aircraft has been sitting a while sometimes as the hydro system loses pressure they open up
by the way yes ross it is relevant to this post