B-25 and B-26 interior colors

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B-25 and B-26 interior colors

  • 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.

     

     

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  • 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

  • I have few differnt books and magazien articles on the B-25J, particularly one that was restored not too long ago to as original condtion as possible including paint and markings. The interior on that one was "Dull Dark Green" which is a slightly darkened 34092/Medium Green 42. There was one magazine article, and I think the same aircraft is shown in both the Detail and Scale book as well as Squadron's B-25 Walk Around.

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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...  

  • I woulda guessed Green Zinc Chromate, since it seemed to be the standard interior color for aircraft of that era. But i would go with what the more educated guys here suggest! Good luck!
    -Roger AKA "Spike" "Ambition Bites the Nails of Success"-The Fly
  • You'd be suprised, Desert Rat, you'd be suprised.

    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.

  • Well after digging a little deeper, i see that you are indeed right. 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. Huh!Sign - With Stupid [#wstupid]
    -Roger AKA "Spike" "Ambition Bites the Nails of Success"-The Fly
  • For a B-26, google for Kermit Weeks' B-26 (which is the subject of walk-around site that many of the readers of this forum know which escapes me right at this moment), and the MAPS air museum website.  These are original B-26's, not B and later models.

    WIP:  Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 73rd BS B-26, 40-1408, torpedo bomber attempt on Ryujo

    Monogram 1/72 B-26 (Snaptite) as 22nd BG B-26, 7-Mile Drome, New Guinea

    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.

    Cheers, David
  • And combining the shades of zinc chromate on a single model can definitely provoke a Yeeeccchhhhhhhhh!!! reaction among those who don't know about the mix and match practices of WWII mass production, which is kind of fun to watch.
  • 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.

    F is for FIRE, That burns down the whole town!

    U is for URANIUM... BOMBS!

    N is for NO SURVIVORS...

           - Plankton

    LSM