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daz greenwood

Early WW2 USN F4F colours

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Guys as you know I want to build a series of Grumman Wildcats to start off my theme of Grumman cats and I would like to know the colours please.

I've tried Don Color, but they show one in overall light grey, but I've seen some with like a blue-grey applied over the top of this, but I would like to know the correct shades please.

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Hi Daz,

I think the Don Color chart is describing a scheme consisting of overall Non-Specular Light Gray. The later scheme you're describing is the combination of M-495 colours, Non-Specular Light Grey undersurfaces and Non-Specular Blue-Gray upper surfaces, which would have been in use by the time of the Battle of Midway. I gather that neither of these colours has known FS equivalents, but Light Gray is often quoted as being near FS36440 and Blue-Gray as FS35189. You'll find them in the Xtracolor and Colourcoats ranges and (I think) in the Xtracrylix range as well.

Joseph

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Just remember Daz, the Blue Gray - is a blue gray, and not intermediate blue (ala mid-war schemes). Perhaps mix the intermediate blue and the gray if you cannot find it.

As Joseph mentioned the light gray is pretty darn close to light gull gray

Matt

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Don't believe references that will try to tell you that USN NS Blue Gray is the same color (usually referenced to a completely irrelevant FS595 number) as RAF PRU Blue. It isn't, wasn't, and never will be the same colo(u)r.

J

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Guys as you know I want to build a series of Grumman Wildcats to start off my theme of Grumman cats and I would like to know the colours please.

I've tried Don Color, but they show one in overall light grey, but I've seen some with like a blue-grey applied over the top of this, but I would like to know the correct shades please.

If you are looking at one with a rather funny upper-lower color demarcation in the nose, you are looking at one of those Marine Corps F4Fs which fought at Wake Island. VMF-211, they painted the Blue-Gray en route and it is said they put a tarp to prevent overspraying the engine... the tarp covered the upper lip of the cowling, creating a distinct shape. Consider they lack the upper lip carburettor intake.

Fernando

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