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The Outstanding P-47 Fighter Group Of WW2.
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HI, I'm new here and have a color question
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 02:31 PM UTC
I have a color question that probably has a million threads so please be patient with me. I posted on another forum/ site and got slammed for it, so here goes. Were the colors used by the 56th RAF or US / ANA colors? And if so what particular colors i.e.dark gull grey and OD green with light gull grey or NMF bottom? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 09:08 PM UTC
Hi Randall.
Your certainly not going to get slammed on here, that's not what this forums all about.

56th FG colours is worth a whole book on its own.

Naturally, the P-47C's and early D's were standard OD/NG.
With the D-21 came the first aircraft delivered in the unpainted BMF, and all the bubbletops were delivered unpainted.

That's where the fun starts.
Without sounding flippant, you need to check references on the individual aircraft you're aiming to model.
There are examples of 56th FG aircraft with grey undersides, nmf undersides. OD top surfaces, RAF dark green top surfaces.
RAF dark green and ocean grey topsides, with invasion bands oversprayed with OD.
Just about every combination you can think of.

Then we get into aircraft sent to 56th by other groups converting to the P-51.
This would give you examples of 56th aircraft recieved by the 56th from the 78th for example, which feature the 78th RAF dark green/sky scheme.

After this, we get into the P-47M's, which as you know the colour is long debated.

So basically, there's no simple answer. It's a combination of available colours combined with aircraft arriving in other groups markings.

Hope this helps and doesn't just cloud the issue further.

I'd be interested to read the thread where you got slammed. Could you send me a link. ( via PM if you like)

All the best,

Nige


Don't forget to check out the official 56thFG website.
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Posted: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 09:45 PM UTC

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Hi Randall.
Your certainly not going to get slammed on here, that's not what this forums all about.



Hang on Nige, I'm going to SLAM Randall . . . .

RANDALL, WHAT WERE YOU THINKING, GOING TO ANOTHER FORUM FIRST ???????

Welcome to P-47 Heaven sir, you're in the right place now !

Cheers, D

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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 03:26 AM UTC
Thank you for the welcome. Already I can see that this will be a positive experience, the site exudes a nice, welcoming aura. It seems that this forum and Britmodeller (I must mention them because I have made some friends there) are the best I have seen. I look forward to being part of this forum and "picking" the brains of the various individuals who may have more information than myself regarding certain topics. I am very interested in modeling 1/48 scale aircraft, with emphasis on the "beauty and the beast" (Spitfire and T-bolt) and currently those T-Bolts which were in the employ of the RAF. I will be quite glad to throw my "two cents" in on the subjects I feel I may know something about. I post a lot of questions about color schemes, they seem to be a constant point of question, especially where lend lease aircraft are concerned ( and undoubtedly those of the Mighty 56th from what I have gathered.) I have bookmarked this site and look forward to a fun and informative experience here on KMN.
All the best
Tbolter a.k.a. Spitfireaddict