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Dear British Colleagues,
I am currently building this very special system and I cannot decide between two very different paint schemes for the rocket.
- GWS-30: Please tell me the difference between the function of the red and white painted rockets (training or live weapon?). The plan is to make a Falklands era.
- Also question the light grey colour of the launcher stand - relatively accurately. If you can help with a FS code (this is available, but perhaps another paint code would be suitable), thanks!
- GWS-25 and 30: I understand that the area around the launcher stand (dark grey?) is an anti-slip (ruffled) surface?
Thanks for your expert help!
Best regards, Istvan

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Hi Istvan,

 

You are correct, the two colours represent a training/display missiles (these are red with a blue rocket base) and the white that are the real live missiles. When the ship visits a port of another country the sea dart missile launcher had the red missiles fitted. When live firing, then the whites are used.

 

The best paint for the launcher is from https://www.sovereignhobbies.co.uk/collections/colourcoats-sea/products/colourcoats-narn52-m01-rn-light-weatherwork-grey-bs-381c-676

I used this on mine along with a dark sea grey base for the deck, with this I mixed very fine sand/chinchilla dust from my local pet supplies. 
 

Hope this helps.

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Thank you for the information Wafu,
I found out all the important things I was missing,
getting ready for the weekend painting :)

Many thanks for the quick help!

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2 hours ago, Julien said:

Im guessing like most anti air rockets its a solid propellant booster. Looks like the rocket propellant was fractured and caused the explosion. If it were solid you’d get a clean launch. With cracked or fractured propellant the igniting flame gets between all the pieces and explodes. Ive had it happen with model rockets when the rocket motors have sat for too long and dried out and cracked.

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12 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Im guessing like most anti air rockets its a solid propellant booster. Looks like the rocket propellant was fractured and caused the explosion. If it were solid you’d get a clean launch. With cracked or fractured propellant the igniting flame gets between all the pieces and explodes. Ive had it happen with model rockets when the rocket motors have sat for too long and dried out and cracked.

Yes solid fuel booster then a ram jet sustainer.

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18 hours ago, Corsairfoxfouruncle said:

Im guessing like most anti air rockets its a solid propellant booster. Looks like the rocket propellant was fractured and caused the explosion. If it were solid you’d get a clean launch. With cracked or fractured propellant the igniting flame gets between all the pieces and explodes. Ive had it happen with model rockets when the rocket motors have sat for too long and dried out and cracked.

Ooh the buffer and his dabbers must have been harry threaders 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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