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Historic Aviation => Spitfire => Topic started by: Aleksander on March 02, 2009, 10:39:26 PM

Title: Flaps color
Post by: Aleksander on March 02, 2009, 10:39:26 PM
Building an early Spitfire (you know already abot it  :)) I've found another problem - I was nearly sure, that all interior parts (flaps also) in an early version were painted Inetrior Green or Eau de Nile, but recently I was told, that flaps should be painted aluminium both sides. Could you show me the right choice?
TIA, Aleksander

Title: Re: Flaps color
Post by: NZTyphoon on March 04, 2009, 04:48:13 AM
Hi Aleksander,
 On page 8 of  Alfred Price's Spitfire Mk I/II Aces (Osprey, 1996)  there is a photo of the "first Spitfire write-off" K9792  (only three away from yours) of 19 Sqn in a field, upside down with the flaps lowered (or raised!). The flaps are clearly the same colour as the wing undersurfaces, namely aluminium dope. That was August 1938. On page 13 of the same book there is a photo taken in October 1939 of a crash landed Spitfire K9894 of 19 Sqn, with the port flap clearly showing up as being pale - at this time the colour scheme on the undersurface of the  port wing of Spitfires was black. My pick would be that the flaps were doped aluminium on the early Spitfire Is (K & L series) with late series Mk Is using Eu de nile. I don't know that Interior Green was used on any of the earlier Spitfire Is.

Title: Re: Flaps color
Post by: Aleksander on March 06, 2009, 03:44:10 PM
Thank you - I think, I should repaint them then. Did the "flaps-well" were also the same colour (aluminium) ?
Unfortunately I have no oportunity to find this book by A.Price.