Mk 13 aerial torpedo color

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Mk 13 aerial torpedo color

Joined: December 28th, 2004, 11:50 pm

July 1st, 2012, 10:54 pm #1

The Mk 13 was the torpedo used to a great extent by US torpedo planes in WW2, and is included with many TBF/TBM kits. Was this weapon an overall black color, or some other hue(s)?
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Joined: December 28th, 2004, 11:50 pm

July 1st, 2012, 10:54 pm #2

Sorry, double post.
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Joined: February 27th, 2005, 12:53 am

July 1st, 2012, 10:56 pm #3

The Mk 13 was the torpedo used to a great extent by US torpedo planes in WW2, and is included with many TBF/TBM kits. Was this weapon an overall black color, or some other hue(s)?
I'll bet there were more options.

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Joined: February 27th, 2006, 6:25 pm

July 1st, 2012, 11:26 pm #4

The Mk 13 was the torpedo used to a great extent by US torpedo planes in WW2, and is included with many TBF/TBM kits. Was this weapon an overall black color, or some other hue(s)?
on a Toredo Squadron 8 TBD and the body is grey and the warhead is brass.
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Joined: January 7th, 2003, 4:33 pm

July 1st, 2012, 11:34 pm #5

Mike, I think you have that backwards - if I'm not mistaken, I think the colors are a brass- or steel-colored body, with a medium grey warhead. TI've heard that the bodies were shiny because the torpedo men waxed them to lower their resistance through the water.

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Joined: January 27th, 2004, 5:18 pm

July 1st, 2012, 11:38 pm #6

The body is sheet steel with a protective coating which gives it a brassy appearance (thank you Iain), and the warhead grey; the bodies would be coated liberally with some kind of brownish grease prior to loading, giving the body a streaky finish.

Cheers,

Lynn

(EDITED to correct the statement regarding the aft body construction, it is NOT brass)


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Last edited by Lynn Ritger on July 2nd, 2012, 12:59 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Joined: February 27th, 2006, 6:25 pm

July 2nd, 2012, 12:02 am #7

The Mk 13 was the torpedo used to a great extent by US torpedo planes in WW2, and is included with many TBF/TBM kits. Was this weapon an overall black color, or some other hue(s)?
Warhead is grey, body of torpedo is Brass.

Mike
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Joined: December 27th, 2008, 9:40 am

July 2nd, 2012, 9:10 am #8

The body is sheet steel with a protective coating which gives it a brassy appearance (thank you Iain), and the warhead grey; the bodies would be coated liberally with some kind of brownish grease prior to loading, giving the body a streaky finish.

Cheers,

Lynn

(EDITED to correct the statement regarding the aft body construction, it is NOT brass)


"History is not 'was', it 'is'." - William Faulkner
The after body was made of sheet steel and was coated in grease, not to cut down drag but to prevent corrosion.

Where do these ideas come from??
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Joined: January 27th, 2004, 5:18 pm

July 2nd, 2012, 11:26 am #9

I thought I saw that in there, I'll go back through to confirm though and post the relevant info. If I'm wrong, so be it, I'll walk it back.

Cheers,

Lynn

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Joined: December 27th, 2008, 9:40 am

July 2nd, 2012, 12:02 pm #10

On p.18, paragraph 47, it states 'the afterbody shell is made from .072" thick steel sheet .....'

The centre body is a steel forging.

The protective coating applied, sometimes very roughly. was what gave the body a golden appearance.
Last edited by AIWyllie on July 2nd, 2012, 12:18 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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