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Does anyone know that the interior color of the RB-57F wheel wells and/or landing gear was? I am working on the Mach 2 kit and it is silent on the subject, as it is about most details. It is either natural metal, white, interior green or zinc chromate. The pictures I could find are of such quality that I can't tell, although I am leaning towards white. 

 

Anyone know for sure?

 

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Howard

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25 minutes ago, hsr said:

Does anyone know that the interior color of the RB-57F wheel wells and/or landing gear was? I am working on the Mach 2 kit and it is silent on the subject, as it is about most details. It is either natural metal, white, interior green or zinc chromate. The pictures I could find are of such quality that I can't tell, although I am leaning towards white. 

 

Anyone know for sure?

 

Thanks

 

Howard

Hi Howard 

It depends what time frame you are building it as. White is the colure in use now Zink chromate for early ones take a look at the RB/WB.57F albums on my site IPMS UK Canberra SIG. I will post a link when I get home.

John

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John,

 

This discussion reminded me of the RB-57A 52-1482 that has been on display here at Lackland AB for many years. It has been moved to several different locations around the base over the years and was always in natural metal/silver paint until recently. It seems that when a new base commander takes over, he has some of the aircraft on display re-painted, and the colors and markings get farther and farther from the original each time. The real travesty, as I did an article on modeling one in 1/72 many years ago in the IPMS Quarterly, was an RP-63G Pinball, which was the only remaining WW2 era aircraft still in its original paint, which was international orange overall- now stripped of its original paint and repainted silver! I have attached some links to photos of the RB-57A as it looked then and now. Don't think any USAF  'fishbowl' canopy Canberras  were ever painted in SEA camouflage, but you can see what I mean about accuracy. You probably already have seen these- if so, I apologize for the duplication, but maybe some of the other BM Canberra lovers will enjoy them. I have color slides of her when she and several other 50-60's era aircraft were all parked together on either side of a simulated ramp, as an aid for the security police  training program based here for all the services. Sigh...

Mike

 

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1368037

 

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3BZ2_RB_57A_Canberra_Lackland_AFB_San_Antonio_Texas

 

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/52-1482.html

 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RB-57A_Canberra.jpg

 

Her history, from what I have able to find is: served with the 1st TRS, 10th TRW; also with the 172nd TRS, Michigan ANG; later converted to an EB-57A

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1 hour ago, 72modeler said:

John,

 

This discussion reminded me of the RB-57A 52-1482 that has been on display here at Lackland AB for many years. It has been moved to several different locations around the base over the years and was always in natural metal/silver paint until recently. It seems that when a new base commander takes over, he has some of the aircraft on display re-painted, and the colors and markings get farther and farther from the original each time. The real travesty, as I did an article on modeling one in 1/72 many years ago in the IPMS Quarterly, was an RP-63G Pinball, which was the only remaining WW2 era aircraft still in its original paint, which was international orange overall- now stripped of its original paint and repainted silver! I have attached some links to photos of the RB-57A as it looked then and now. Don't think any USAF  'fishbowl' canopy Canberras  were ever painted in SEA camouflage, but you can see what I mean about accuracy. You probably already have seen these- if so, I apologize for the duplication, but maybe some of the other BM Canberra lovers will enjoy them. I have color slides of her when she and several other 50-60's era aircraft were all parked together on either side of a simulated ramp, as an aid for the security police  training program based here for all the services. Sigh...

Mike

 

https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1368037

 

http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3BZ2_RB_57A_Canberra_Lackland_AFB_San_Antonio_Texas

 

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/52-1482.html

 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:RB-57A_Canberra.jpg

 

Her history, from what I have able to find is: served with the 1st TRS, 10th TRW; also with the 172nd TRS, Michigan ANG; later converted to an EB-57A

Thanks Mike, I can never have too many photos of Canberra's, even if they are the wrong colour, it was a strange decision on the part of the Boss to have here repainted in SEA camo, even though it's very nicely done. It's hard coming up with interesting schemes for the A you have basically Black or Silver, although the EB.57A did look nice with the splash of day-glow 

 

John  

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Now, this is what an RB-57A should look like! I have attached a photo of one of the 363rd TRW Canberras; they replaced the RB-26's that were in the same scheme and markings, and were in turn replaced by RB-66's in 1957-58, which was taking place when we were stationed at Shaw AB, SC. RF-101A's arrived shortly thereafter, replacing the RF-84F's. This is how I think the Lackland AB example should have been finished.

Mike

 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rb-57-363trw-shaw.jpg

 

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7 hours ago, 72modeler said:

Now, this is what an RB-57A should look like! I have attached a photo of one of the 363rd TRW Canberras; they replaced the RB-26's that were in the same scheme and markings, and were in turn replaced by RB-66's in 1957-58, which was taking place when we were stationed at Shaw AB, SC. RF-101A's arrived shortly thereafter, replacing the RF-84F's. This is how I think the Lackland AB example should have been finished.

Mike

 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rb-57-363trw-shaw.jpg

 

You mentioned in an earlier post about the RB-57 being at a simulated flightline for SP training.  Boy do I remember that!  We called it the humping grounds because in general as a close-in security guard you were supposed to be checking out the aircraft from every direction, walking (humping) around it.  As to the aircraft in the shot on this post, IIRC Superscale, back around 30 years ago,did that aircraft on a B-57 decal sheet, but they showed it as being a B model, not an A model!  Accuracy has never really been their long suit.

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Dave

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21 hours ago, 72modeler said:

Now, this is what an RB-57A should look like! I have attached a photo of one of the 363rd TRW Canberras; they replaced the RB-26's that were in the same scheme and markings, and were in turn replaced by RB-66's in 1957-58, which was taking place when we were stationed at Shaw AB, SC. RF-101A's arrived shortly thereafter, replacing the RF-84F's. This is how I think the Lackland AB example should have been finished.

Mike

 

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Rb-57-363trw-shaw.jpg

 

Can't ague with that Mike, there were some very nice Sqn. markings around on the jets in the 50's, I like the Ark ANG A's too

 

John

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Here is a link to the B-57 page of GO! NAVY, BBS II Gallery, where you will find a color photo of a WB-57F of which inside the wheel cover is ZY.

http://www.gonavy.jp/bbs2-b57f.html

 

Jun in Tokyo

https://www.flickr.com/photos/horaburo/albums/72157640450673043

 

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