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4:34 PM - May 19, 2018 #21

It's crossed my mind it could just be fresher paint but since the spinners and fuselage bands were probably added upon assembly that's probably not the case.

Unrelated but one thing that's always puzzled me is why they would paint the outer wheel rims in the underside color when they tuck up into the wing when retracted anyway. Why not paint in the upper color to better hide the aircraft on the ground?
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4:37 PM - May 19, 2018 #22

stilltubeglue wrote: It's crossed my mind it could just be fresher paint but since the spinners and fuselage bands were probably added upon assembly that's probably not the case.

Unrelated but one thing that's always puzzled me is why they would paint the outer wheel rims in the underside color when they tuck up into the wing when retracted anyway. Why not paint in the upper color to better hide the aircraft on the ground?
Spinner and band painted by the RAF and RCAF at home, when unit codes added. So, they would “fresher paint”. Spinner left the factory in Dark Earth.
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4:46 PM - May 19, 2018 #23

samodeldad wrote:
stilltubeglue wrote: It's crossed my mind it could just be fresher paint but since the spinners and fuselage bands were probably added upon assembly that's probably not the case.

Unrelated but one thing that's always puzzled me is why they would paint the outer wheel rims in the underside color when they tuck up into the wing when retracted anyway. Why not paint in the upper color to better hide the aircraft on the ground?
Spinner and band painted by the RAF and RCAF at home, when unit codes added. So, they would “fresher paint”. Spinner left the factory in Dark Earth.
Modeldad let me clarify, I meant assembly in the field, by the RAF. Or should I say re-assembly. In which case it would be fresher but not much fresher. A different batch though, for sure.
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10:16 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #24

For all those debating the color or colour of RAF P-40 's I offer



Frankly don't remember where I copied this from so if it steps on any bodies copyright , excuse , used for education purpose only.



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10:24 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #25

... and from the same source...



and for that like to suggest a matter of lighting or exposure to the elements ...



And ... Check the nose art ! Shame we don't have detail shots !




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10:32 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #26

So clearly the were in various gray colors. From light to dark. 
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10:38 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #27

samodeldad wrote:So clearly the were in various gray colors. From light to dark. 
And Sky .


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10:42 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #28

RUhavingfun wrote:
samodeldad wrote:So clearly the were in various gray colors. From light to dark. 
And Sky .


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The sky of a typical New England winter’s day
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11:21 PM - Jun 10, 2018 #29

I would do both, with all the marking options and manufatures you can never have too many of one type of kit.
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4:48 AM - Jun 11, 2018 #30

FYI
Not all Tomahawks had spinners painted at the factory in brown.

Here is a photo of a Tomahawk at the Curtiss factory that clearly had a spinner in white or sky.

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