I will be working on a couple of B-25 and B-26 bombers soon and was wondering what the interior colors should be? I found a picture of a B-25J on the web that showed to cockpit in an almost olive drab.. but this might be a repaint job by the museum it's in. So any opinions, reference suggestions and web suggestions would be helpful.
Go to IPMSStockholm.org and go to Camouflage and Markings - Interior Colours of US Aircraft 1941-45. This is an excellent site and should help.
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iang wrote:Go to IPMSStockholm.org and go to Camouflage and Markings - Interior Colours of US Aircraft 1941-45. This is an excellent site and should help.Ian
Here's the direct link. It's defiantely worth the read...
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Companies painted parts whatever colors they had, be it dark dull green, bell green, bronze green, zinc chromate yellow, zinc chromate green, interior green, olive drab, or aluminum lacquer. And it wasn't just one company that built a plane. The pieces parts came from EVERYWHERE!!! It's quite common to see different colors in a SINGLE plane (Maybe an interior green cockpit, bronze green seats, zinc chromate green radio room, zinc chromate yellow gunner compartment, and aluminum lacquer bomb bays. That's a lot of color.) Pretty much any combo works... the best bet is to read up that IPMS Stockholm article to get a general idea.
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Minicraft 1/72 B-24D as LB-30, AL-613, "Tough Boy", 28th Composite Group
Just find it hard to believe Government Property that wasn't completely uniform! Guess i just woulda expected everything to be perfectly standardized dictated by regulation. But with the pressing need, whatever was handy was indeed the order of the day.
Exactly... there was a war on you know. Generally, the interior crew areas were a more dull green, olive-ish and were called collectively, "Cockpit Green". Internals and frameworks on the other hand are often seen as the brighter yellow, green zinc chromate.
I like the idea of a combined color cockpit. Who cares what others think at the IPMS meeting. I'm building it for my enjoyment in the end.
As far as government stadardization goes, that is just a pipe dream. Each area/post/manufacturer has a seperate HMIC,(head man in charge) who usually likes to emphasize that. One way is by doing things slightly different than everyone else.