WW II Bombs

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WW II Bombs

Joined: November 17th, 2005, 3:42 pm

July 11th, 2012, 4:21 pm #1

Was there any rhyme or reason for the placement of stencils on 250/500 lb bombs used in the PTO. I've looked at 100's of period photos and searched Google with no joy. Lots of info on the various stripes but nothing on data stencils.
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Joined: February 15th, 2009, 5:46 am

July 11th, 2012, 4:32 pm #2


<img alt="[linked image]" src="http://img.fold3.com/img/thumbnail/1601 ... 00/400.jpg">

link to original - stencil is barely visible - http://www.fold3.com/image/#160128695

Try Fold3, just search the WWII USAAF photo collection for "bombs" or "bomb loading", then you can break it down by theater and place.    You'll find that there really is no rhyme or reason.  I wouldn't worry too much about them, there are plenty photos of loaded bomb bays with all sorts of stripes and stencils visible. 
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July 11th, 2012, 4:40 pm #3


http://www.fold3.com/image/#48493151

Sorry the one from before was a 1,000 lb'er. 
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Joined: May 10th, 2005, 10:47 pm

July 11th, 2012, 4:41 pm #4

Was there any rhyme or reason for the placement of stencils on 250/500 lb bombs used in the PTO. I've looked at 100's of period photos and searched Google with no joy. Lots of info on the various stripes but nothing on data stencils.
http://tailspintopics.blogspot.com/2010 ... -wwii.html

For another example
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July 11th, 2012, 4:54 pm #5

Was there any rhyme or reason for the placement of stencils on 250/500 lb bombs used in the PTO. I've looked at 100's of period photos and searched Google with no joy. Lots of info on the various stripes but nothing on data stencils.
Bombs take quite a "beating" during shipping and storage. They don't have a high quality paint job to begin with, so they look weathered, scratched and nasty almost from the get go.
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July 11th, 2012, 5:04 pm #6

http://www.fold3.com/image/#48493151

Sorry the one from before was a 1,000 lb'er. 
in color, no less!  Pretty rare to see the sencils this visable.  Note how beat-up and dirty they are, and how much the paint color varied. 

http://www.fold3.com/image/#161286246
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July 11th, 2012, 6:16 pm #7

Was there any rhyme or reason for the placement of stencils on 250/500 lb bombs used in the PTO. I've looked at 100's of period photos and searched Google with no joy. Lots of info on the various stripes but nothing on data stencils.
At least this is what war-time bombs usually show when the stencilling is visible.  There is supposed to be more, but I guess for expediancy this is all they got -


On the nose of the bomb, between the front lug and fuse -



G.P.
250LB
AN-M57  
AM 50/50 (or whatever the explosive inside.  Amatol 50/50 seems to be common in photos of 250's, TNT more common in photos of 500's)

500LB'ers have this -

G.P.
500LB
AN-M64
TNT

then, between the lugs for both bombs -

LOT ##########
EXPLOSIVE
U.S. BOMB

PA 2-43 (or what ever the date.  I think PA stands for Picatilly Arsenal, or wherever the bomb was made)
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July 11th, 2012, 7:08 pm #8

Was there any rhyme or reason for the placement of stencils on 250/500 lb bombs used in the PTO. I've looked at 100's of period photos and searched Google with no joy. Lots of info on the various stripes but nothing on data stencils.
I have a Korean War AD-4 in 1/72 nearly ready completed that needs to have it's bombs painted up. I tried masking them with very thin strips of tape and also used some very small O-rings, but it just does not cut it, especially on the 100lb ones.

Any hints? I'd love to finish the model but just get stuck on the bombs...
Here she is, by the way:



Thanks, Jeroen
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Joined: November 17th, 2005, 3:42 pm

July 11th, 2012, 8:23 pm #9

Paint some white decal paper yellow. Use a compass to trace two concentric semicircles (( The gap is the width of the stripe. However, looking at the links above, hand painting may be good enough.
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Joined: February 15th, 2009, 5:46 am

July 11th, 2012, 8:45 pm #10

I have a Korean War AD-4 in 1/72 nearly ready completed that needs to have it's bombs painted up. I tried masking them with very thin strips of tape and also used some very small O-rings, but it just does not cut it, especially on the 100lb ones.

Any hints? I'd love to finish the model but just get stuck on the bombs...
Here she is, by the way:



Thanks, Jeroen
http://www.network54.com/Forum/149674/m ... d+spinners
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