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HELP ! What color were the 100 lb bombs carried by the U.S.Navy in the 1930’s ?


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Help anyone ... Im looking for the correct colir used on 110 lb bombs used by navy aircraft in the late 1930’s ? I’ve seen zinc chromate yellow Dark green, Red, and Black on bombs from the late 1930’s ? What color is correct, any help will be greatly appreciated. 


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Believe it or not, it is the old standard of olive drab and yellow it they are "live bombs(intended to blow up)". Practice bombs(which might have a smoke marker to show where it is and if you hit your target) would be blue; either entirely, or, a blue ring painted on the nose. There was a "Blue" color to use. I am not sure, but, it might be the "True Blue" which also was used as a paint color on USAAF and USN/USMC aircraft. I can't remember the magazine; @72modeler does, and it has the colors used from WW1(when the colors to use for things that fall from aircraft; or, are shot from cannons) to the present day. Fine Scale Magazine's latest issue has an article where one author shows either 22 or 42 different shades of "Olive Drab". HTH


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You have but to ask, Dennis!   Replica in Scale,  volume 2, number 3-4, spring and summer, 1974. On page 129:


Painting and Marking bombs, 1920's-30's

demolition/incendiary/fragmentation: dull, flat yellow

chemical: glossy grey

practice: flat white

empty fragmentation/demolition/incendiary: flat red 

dummy: flat white


There were colored bands applied just behind the cg for each type listed above- if you need those, em me and I'll send them to you.


Hope this helps!


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