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Wessex HAS.3: Yellow and... blue?

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I'm sitting here with a Italieri Wessex HAS.3 and I'm trying to find out what color the blue in the yellow/blue pre-Falkland scheme *really* is. The box features several schemes, this being two of them:

 

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...and in that picture and color callout they claim these are *different* blues, top one being RAF blue-grey (Italieri being their usual helpful selves only give Model Master paint numbers) and bottom one "True blue". But when I scour the internet I see a lot of model choppers painted Yellow/blue-gray, so the bottom scheme should really be the *same* blue as the top one.

 

Anyone better than me at Falkland-era British color schemes?

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Im not the expert but i thought that it might be Oxford blue ? The true experts on the type can be found in these two threads. @Tramatoa, @Scimitar, & others.

 

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235046186-flying-a-council-house-from-the-upstairs-loo/

 

https://www.britmodeller.com/forums/index.php?/topic/235047611-those-other-wessex/

 

Hope these help you ?

 

 Dennis

Edited by Corsairfoxfouruncle

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Wow, lot of nice photos in those threads - apparently Wessex has been painted in every color imaginable over the years... Second thread I saw this:

 

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Which do mostly look like blue-grey, perhaps? I'm not familiar enough with the colors to tell for sure if that's Oxford blue instead

 

Did find this: 

where some claim they were never painted in Oxford, only Lynxes were. 

Edited by Wizball

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1 hour ago, Wizball said:

I'm trying to find out what color the blue in the yellow/blue

RAF Blue Grey.BS633.

Best example I've found is here:

https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/colourcoats-sea-british/products/acrn19-raf-blue-grey-bs633

The Wessex in British service was never painted in Oxford Blue.

 

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1 hour ago, Wizball said:

so the bottom scheme should really be the *same* blue as the top one.

 

The top one should be dark sea grey (or EDSG?)

 

There will be a couple of Fleet Air Arm bods along shortly and they probably know more

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29 minutes ago, Scimitar said:

The top one should be dark sea grey (or EDSG?)

 

There will be a couple of Fleet Air Arm bods along shortly and they probably know more

Of course! That was the missing piece - when I started to assume the top one was blue grey I was led astray. Thank you - blue grey it is. A rather striking scheme, I thought.

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Be warned/advised

 

It can bite  :)

 

Another vote for the Colourcoats paints, the RAF Blue Grey equates perfectly with my old jar of Compucolor2 RAFBG

 

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It isnt the RAFBG that bites, guess which colour bit me several very painful and obvious times*

But no doubt about it, it is a fabulous scheme

 

 

*no that is an unfair question, nobody can tell which scars seared my soul...

 

 

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6 hours ago, Scimitar said:

The Wessex in British service was never painted in Oxford Blue.

 

6 hours ago, Scimitar said:

The top one should be dark sea grey (or EDSG?)

 

6 hours ago, Wizball said:

Of course! That was the missing piece - when I started to assume the top one was blue grey I was led astray.

It was just a best guess, happy to learn the true color and more about the Wessex. 

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According to Burden et al Falklands - the Air War (BARG, 1986), all (bar one) of 737NAS' helos were painted in RAF Blue-Grey overall, with yellow upper surfaces.  Those aircraft deployed south had their yellow upper surfaces and white markings overpainted with RAF Blue-Grey, with black "ROYAL NAVY" and serials, and amended roundels.

Edited by Our Ned

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I'm pretty certain that"Humphrey" is painted in all-over RAFBlueGrey, it does not look like Extra Dark Sea Grey to me

 

I suggest you should check the excellent walk around on our own site, page 4 of the Rotary Wing walkarounds especially details XP142 Humphrey, trust me it is RAFBlue Grey all over

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I’d be amazed if Humph is anything other than RAF BG.  The yellow top was painted out on the way south by the flight; they would havehad RAF BG to hand... but not much else.

 

The profile innthe original post diesn’t help, because the blue of the lower aircraft is WAY too blue; it does almost look like Oxford Blue in that drawing, but it;s wrong.  Only the early Lynx was painted Oxford Blue, and that;s a totally different colour.

 

Definitely RAF BG for your Wessex 3

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13 hours ago, Ex-FAAWAFU said:

I’d be amazed if Humph is anything other than RAF BG.  The yellow top was painted out on the way south by the flight; they would havehad RAF BG to hand... but not much else.

 

The profile innthe original post diesn’t help, because the blue of the lower aircraft is WAY too blue; it does almost look like Oxford Blue in that drawing, but it;s wrong.  Only the early Lynx was painted Oxford Blue, and that;s a totally different colour.

 

Definitely RAF BG for your Wessex 3

The Blue in the bottom picture reminds me of the blue used on the  RAN Wessex

 

Selwyn

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Crisp is right, RN Wessex 3s were RAF Blue Grey throughout their lives, for a long (non combat) period they had the yellow top decking for hi vis for such inconvenient events as ditching.

 

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Inconvenient and regular.  Single engine dunking at night.  Hmmm.  What could possibly go wrong?

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Probably have been better to bung a couple of Gnomes in... oh

 

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Generally speaking the radome was the same colour as the main airframe, RAF blue/grey.

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