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  1. 22 hours ago, 72modeler said:



    See if this helps a little. My favorite version, too! I have the Hasegawa "beast mode" kit, and I can't wait to hang all that nasty stuff under it- looks really mean, but VERY unstealthy!




    Hi 72modeller


    it helps and I have already downloaded the full MIL-STD-2161 in pdf.


    What I was referring to is just the color of the upper part of ALL the landing gear struts (I've since found out it applies to all the three members, not just the MLG).


    Check out the following links (F-35B)


    Wiki MLG


    Wiki NLG


    ...and compare the color of the same details in the F-35A...




    ...and F-35C






  2. I've been Google-image searching pic's of various details of the F-35B, in order to accurately build Italeri's 1/72 scale kit.


    I've noticed that, unlike the F-35A and F-35C, the F-35B's top portion of the main landing gear struts is painted what appears to be a medium/dark (metallic?) grey, instead of the customary gloss white.


    Can someone cast some light, i.e. FS color?





  3. 5 hours ago, John R said:

    I think that you will find that the X-3 pre-dates that publication by several years.

    BTW. I did realise that you had not yet got the kit. I meant when you received it.

    Mike - Having started the Maintrack version and consigned it to the shelf of doom I would not class it as 'excellent'.



    Hi John,


    Very true, as a matter of fact, I was referring to the predecessor of the MIL-C-8779 COLOR, whose very first edition's date was  May 22, 1963, i.e. over a decade after the X-3's construction began.


    Also, I don't rule out the possibility Douglas used its own proprietary paint or one of its suppliers' proprietary paint.


    The Northrop X-4, likewise show non-standard cockpit interior colors, while Bell seems to have stuck to the Medium Green (42 first, and ANA 612, later) they used in their wartime P-39's,  P-63's and P-59's.




  4. Thanks Corsairfoxfouruncle, different pics from the ones I'd saved, but still mighty useful ones.


    It looks like, with the exception of the Bell Aircraft Co., all the other manufacturer's of X-planes possibly followed non Military Specification's.


    Sticking to Douglas. the D-558 Skystreak shows, in the color-picture's on the web, a very dark grey or black color, in line with the specs of the time, both on the canopy frame's inside and the seat bulkhead..

    The D-558-2, on the other hand, shows also some bluish-grey, not unlike the X-3's, inside the front part of the canopy interior. 


    Perhaps, a copy of the predecessor of the MIL-C-8779 COLOR, INTERIOR, AIRCRAFT, REQUIREMENTS FOR, this, first published on May 22, 1963, would provide an answer, had the Douglas Aircraft Company indeed followed other, non-standard, but approved schemes contained in said publication.


    Now, if someone had access to the preserved X-3, taking with him/her with a copy of the FS595... 





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  5. @John R. Like I said in my post, I don't have the kit yet, so unfortunately, I cannot give you an opinion.


    @bentwaters81tfw You're absolutely correct, I saw the whole process in a Youtube video today. What I meant is that there are walkaround pics of the cockpit as seen thru the windows, that being tinted, do not display the actual color.


    @ bobmig I had already taken screenshots of the Museum's X-3 from that very website. But it doesn't help so far as the actual color is concerned...

  6. Hi,


    I've got the AZ Models, 1/72 Douglas X-3 model on the way.

    On the walkaround's, the general, cockpit color appears to be some kind of bluish-grey, even when not viewed thru the (blue tinted?) closed canopy, with Dark Gull Grey FS36231 coming to mind.


    However, the fact that FS36231 began to be used around 1953, on aircraft like the NAA F-86 Sabre, gives me some doubts...


    Can someone cast some light?


    TIA and Season's Greetings.

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