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RAF Skies article
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Friday, August 30, 2013 2:43 PM

This afternoon, I came across an interesting article concerning WWII British Hurricanes and Spitfires undersurface and fuselage band colors.

http://www.ratomodeling.com/articles/RAF_skies/

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Posted by richs26 on Thursday, October 10, 2013 7:37 PM

Here is another excellent reference for RAF painting and other paint topics:

http://amair4raf.blogspot.com/

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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

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Posted by Edgar on Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:47 AM

Unfortunately the Rato  article is based on a completely false premise. British Standards had nothing, whatsoever, to do with any of the U.K. colours issued during WWII; they offered their assistance, but the Air Ministry turned them down, preferring to keep hold of the entire system. Colours were, in fact, issued by a department of the R.A.E., Farnborough, run by the delightfully named professor Ramsbottom.

Edgar

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Posted by richs26 on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 9:31 PM

Edgar, with your great knowledge of British aircraft, would you happen to know what the interior colors of a Liberator II would be?  I am working on a USAAF LB-30 AL-613 and cannot find anything on what the colors would be.  Would it be the Dupont equivalent of British interior green?

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

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Posted by Edgar on Friday, November 1, 2013 3:15 AM

I could spend a lot of time, waffling, to basically tell you that I don't know, but suspect that the Purchasing Commission would have just specified "green," and left it to Consolidated.

When the Spitfire prototype was ordered, the spec was simply "grey-green," and, judging by a 1941 Mk.I, Supermarine used the same green as they'd used on the S6B.

The Air Ministry were very specific about exterior colours, but I've never seen any evidence that they were similarly pedantic about interior shades.

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Posted by richs26 on Thursday, November 7, 2013 2:33 PM

Thanks Edgar for the reply.  I think I will use the USAF Museum B-24D, and "Diamond Lil" B-24A/Liberator I as a guide for the interior painting.

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

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