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Author Topic: Primer on RAF-fighters  (Read 2003 times)
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« on: March 27, 2009, 10:48:13 AM »


does anyone know, if the Spitfires and Hurricanes received a corat of primer before having been painted with the camouflage colours and which colour this primer might have been? In case, did this apply to all types or only to e.g. Hurricanes or Spitfires

May be the metal parts weren´t painted with a primer but the fabric covered parts.

I refer to aircraft having been built around 1940/41.

Thanks a lot

Edgar Brooks
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 07:22:13 PM »

No, they weren't.  Fabric surfaces were given 5 (light a/c) or 7 (heavier) coats of red shrinking dope, of which the first two were half-strength, to make sure they soaked in.  This was supposed to be followed by two (at least) coats of silver, for anti-u/v purposes, and this was done pre-war, and seems to have been retained on Hurricanes, but appears to have lapsed in some areas (not on Mosquitoes, though; they had silver paint on the fabric-covered wood, and cockpit green on the ailerons and elevators.)
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