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  • Member since
    April 2010
  • From: Green Bay, WI
B-17 Landing Flaps
Posted by redraider56 on Sunday, December 30, 2018 8:54 AM

Does anyone know of any good references that would suggest what color the flaps on Fortresses were?

I’m back into the hobby after a long hiatus and am in the research stage right now of a B-17 build that I came up with years ago.  I know the easiest way to open a can of worms when talking about B-17s is what the interior colors are but one topic I haven’t seen is flaps.  Im finding very few photos out there of lowered flaps and even fewer where I could guess a color.  The particular plane I plan to build is a camoflaged B-17G-25-DL.  Right now my educated  guess is bare metal for both the flap bay and flap itself.  But would some sort of zinc chromate primer be appropriate as I’m guessing the spars and framing of the wings may have been primed?

 

-Matt

On The Bench: 1/48 HK B-17G "Man-O-War II"

On Deck: 1/48 Tamiya P-38H, 1/48 Revell PV-1

 

 

 

  • Member since
    July 2004
  • From: Sonora Desert
Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:22 AM

Looks to be painted... but whether it is zinc chromate or Neutral Gray or something else....

 

 

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  • Member since
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  • From: Close to Chicago
Posted by JohnnyK on Sunday, December 30, 2018 10:41 AM

Paint colors varied depending on when the plane was built and which factory built the airplane. Go here for some ideas:

http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2004/01/stuff_eng_interior_colours_us.htm

http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/magazine/2004/02/stuff_eng_interior_colours_us_part2.htm

 

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  • Member since
    April 2010
  • From: Green Bay, WI
Posted by redraider56 on Sunday, December 30, 2018 1:34 PM

stikpusher

Looks to be painted... but whether it is zinc chromate or Neutral Gray or something else....

 

 

 

After some more searching I've come to that conclusion as well.  I think I'm leaning towards neutral gray. 

-Matt

On The Bench: 1/48 HK B-17G "Man-O-War II"

On Deck: 1/48 Tamiya P-38H, 1/48 Revell PV-1

 

 

 

  • Member since
    April 2010
  • From: Green Bay, WI
Posted by redraider56 on Sunday, December 30, 2018 2:00 PM

Found this photo which definitely suggests paint

 

 

-Matt

On The Bench: 1/48 HK B-17G "Man-O-War II"

On Deck: 1/48 Tamiya P-38H, 1/48 Revell PV-1

 

 

 

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