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Author Topic: Sailor Malan's Dunkirk Spitfire Mk I (ZP-A, K9953) undercarriage color question?  (Read 3405 times)
suggswh
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« on: July 01, 2010, 10:01:33 PM »

What are the correct (or most likely) wheel well and landing gear strut/door interior colors for this aircraft? Should they be aluminum lacquer, interior green, or overpainted with the black/white underside colors?


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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 08:39:36 AM »

This is one of those "hedging your bets" enquiries.  There is a drawing, specifying interior colours, which was aluminium over a grey undercoat, except for the cockpit and engine bearers, which were green, still over the grey undercoat.  Wheels wells get no mention, so it's a case of deciding whether they were treated as internal, or external, items.  Before its rebuild, AR213 had green wells, and much has been made about it being a Westland airframe, but, as it was their second, was it built from Supermarine-supplied parts, just like Castle Bromwich?  Leg covers were supposed to be silver, but could easily have ended up with the same u/s colour on both sides; similarly, u/c legs were silver, but would have needed repainting after every servicing.  Just to confuse things, even more, there is film of a series of inspections on a 609 Squadron mk.I, which clearly has black & white wheel wells.
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