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  1. Here is a poor quality photo of a Yellow 3 assigned to JGr 126, Autumn 1939. There is not a lot of photo documentation, but it appears that in addition to the cockerel the unit also displayed feminine names on the cowling. Angelika, Cissy, Gigi, Gisela, and Della being documented on various machines.
  2. There is no known period documentation from any source that described RLM 83 as green or proposed its use on fighter aircraft. The belief that RLM 83 was green came about because researchers had a list of RLM paints that included 83, but no descriptive terms or color samples. Based on the information available to them at the time it was assumed that 83 was green. Initially it was provisionally described as 83 Hellgrün and later revised to 83 Dunkelgrün. At the time these were reasonable assumptions. Ulmann's research has established a compelling case for 83 Dunkelblau. Additionally as mentioned above the are accounts Ju 88s camouflaged with blue paint from Swiss, British and German sources.
  3. To date the only known official documentation of RLM 83 is in Sammelmitteilung 2, dated 15 August 1944, where it is listed among other dark shades, without describing the color, and in a RLM report dated November 1943, announcing the introduction of the Color RLM 83 Dunkel Blau as a camouflage color. This document describes its use with RLM 72 for seaplanes and RLM 70 for land based aircraft operating in the Mediterranean. Prior to the above mentioned documentation there were RLM messages documenting the development of a camouflage scheme exclusively for the Mediterranean Sea. For this purpose a new dunkel blau was developed and tested. During the development phase this color was identified as 300/III and after acceptance as RLM 83 Dunkel Blau.
  4. Mark, thanks so much for posting the link to that wonderful SAM article. Rob
  5. Check out the windscreen armor on Tamiya's new 1/48 scale Spitfire Mark I... I have many Spitfire references but I was not aware of this detail. After checking my photo files I found a photo of LZ-N, R6800 with this type of armored windscreen.
  6. RLM 81 and 82 were purposely developed because the older RLM 70 and 71 would fade to dark gray on exposure to the elements. The new hues were successfully tested for resistance to fading and placed into service replacing the older 70/71 combination. RLM directed manufacturers to employ residual stocks of 70/71 in combinations of 70/82 and 71/81. Testing for color for the new shades was impossible because sample test cards for 81 and 82 had not been delivered. Extant factory camouflage diagrams (Oberflachenschutzliste) list RLM 81 and 82 with no mention of 83. There are no RLM or Luftwaffe sources that describe the use of RLM 83 as a late war camouflage color or in any combination with RLM 81 or 82. Evidence for a late war green RLM 83 used as a camouflage color is exclusively based on speculative interpretations of surviving relics and period photographs.
  7. Considering that two prominent researchers in the field (Michael Ullmann and Jerry Crandall) are of substantially differing views on the nature of RLM 83 and the fact that we are having this discussion would lead me to believe that the matter of the late war Luftwaffe greens is far from settled.
  8. Here are color photos of a captured Ta 152 with most of its original paint intact. And here is a composite made from a film depicting a Fw 190 A in Focke Wulf's late war greens. Production Ta 152 very likely would be analogous.
  9. Thank you 303sqn for a very informative post!
  10. Thank you Procopius! It would appear that Trumpeter got it right. Also the MPM kit has marking for the same aircraft, albeit identified as a Mk IV, with the same marking sequence.
  11. Can anyone confirm the code sequence on the starboard side of Wellington BH-V Z1382. Trumpeter' s painting guide shows the squadron code of BH to the right of the roundel. I have not found a photo of this specific machine but other aircraft assigned to 300 Squadron seem to follow the convention of the squadron code painted on the left side of the roundel on the starboard side the aircraft. Is Trumpeter in error or was this aircraft an exception to the rule?
  12. Very impressive! I have always thought that that weathered Olive Drab was a difficult finish to reproduce in miniature. Your P-40 looks real!
  13. Exceptional, it looks like a real aircraft.
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