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Jerry Crandall

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  1. This light green color was very common on late war Luftwaffe aircraft. Of the seven recovered D-9s I know of all but one had light green over painted RLM 76 light blue. I have also seen it used on He 111s of KG 55. We have a oval panel from a JG 6 A-8 that has light green over painted light blue 76.The color film that shows rail cars with Painted cowlings of D-13s had light green and RLM 76 together. As far as I know there is no proof that this light green is a variation of 76 . It is separate color. That information is based on a theory by a researcher. Cheers, Jerry
  2. Beautiful build. I'm curious what was your reference for the color scheme? Cheers, Jerry
  3. Troy, I'm not sure where this piece is from sorry. Cheers, Jerry
  4. Here is a sample of RLM 81 Braunviolett taken from a Bf 109 K-4 next to Dark Green. As you can see, RLM 81 is rich chocolate brown. These colors, along with RLM 82 Hellgrün, are the most common colors found on recovered Dora 9s. Also of interest is the British publication The Aeroplane Spotter report dated Nov. 29, 1945 of the camouflage color of the captured Ta 152 W.Nr.150158 that describes the colors as the upper surfaces as "various shades of green. On the fuselage the effect is mottled but on the wings two greens make a zig zag pattern." No Brownviolett. Cheers, Jerry
  5. Hello Miloslav, Wow, gorgeous, You really nailed it. Thanks for using our decals. Cheers, Jerry
  6. Reimund, thanks for posting the images of the new Sturmbock kit I'm excited someone is releasing it in 1/32 scale. I do see a few problems right off. For some reason they have an oval panel on the port side of the fuselage just behind the cooling flaps. It does not belong there. You are right about the colors. Undersurfaces RLM 76, Upper RLLM 75 and RLM 74 is correct. I don't see the armored windscreen triangular quarter panel it is not on the art work anyway. Most Sturmbock a/c had them. There is confusion about "Yellow 3". The A-8/R2 as shown is W.Nr. 680718 was never at Barth in May, 1944. It was built on 19 June ,1944 and Fw. Ottfried Baisch was killed in it on 18 July ,1844. There is only one known photo of it and the tactical number is not known and the unit emblem cannot be seen in the photo. Baisch's earlier Sturmbock was "Yellow 3" W.Nr. unknown and was mounted with the Krebs-Gerät rocket but it was not a A-8/R2, it was a standard A-8 with Sturmbock equipment(R7). It did have the unit badge on the Panzerplatten not on the engine cowling. Cheers, Jerry
  7. Looking great, but the wooden seats were painted RLM 66 also. Cheers, Jerry
  8. Thanks for using our Eagle Parts. Just a note, we never had any connection with Cutting Edge our parts are own. Cheers, Jerry
  9. Hello, My name is Kimbra S. and I am the office manager for Eagle Editions. Since Jerry is badly "under the weather" he asked me to share the following information with fellow enthusiasts. In the mid 1990s Jerry and Judy traveled to Germany again this time to meet with Warnecke & Böhm the leading manufacturer of paint for the Luftwaffe in WW II. They met with the management staff including the CEO, head chemist etc. Lots of interesting information came from the meeting. Here are some condensed excerpts from Jerry's Fw 190 Dora book vol. 2 . " The German war industry was dramatically altered when Dr. Pomper, head of W&B received two patents in the late 1930s. these patents were for a new formula based on an artificial resin polymer based paint. This new formula had superior adhesion to aluminum and magnesium. As a result no primer was needed as with previous standard lacquer based paints. This helped in time, money and weight plus was fade resistant. Of course RLM 45 Red Oxide was still needed for fabric. The RLM was so pleased with this new formula they directed other paint companies to use this resin, trade marked IKORAL, and pay W&B a royalty."W&B was so pleased that J&J was interested(to say the least) that they searched their old files and gave J&J everything they had from the wartime. They explained that as the Russians were approaching Berlin W&B destroyed most of their files including the late war color data. The material given included copies of Dr. Pomper's patents and all the original RLM color recipes they had. These are published in Jerry's book. RLM 66; In the original recipes there are seven 66 formulas. This is because the RLM directed W&B to develop formulas that included fire and acid resistance qualities. As a result the color was slightly altered and can be seen in late war parts to have a slight dark green cast, very evident on an Me 262 rudder pedal we have in our collection. Paint companies were told to cut back production on RLM 02 as this new 66 would replace 02 on some parts like landing gear legs. Amazing to W&B was that no researcher had visited them prior to J&J. Hope this helps, and as Jerry says, cheers, Kimbra S.
  10. Great job so far but you have to fill in those spurious oval panels on the pot side of the forward fuselage . They don't belong there. Cheers, Jerry
  11. No, having a garage full of parts with camouflage colors shows what colors were actually used
  12. We know Michael and Jurgen well and Jurgen is going to formulate some new colors based on our recipes. But neither one had ever visited W&B. All in all you do pretty well with English being you second language. There is a lot of good information in the correspondence we have between Ken Bokelman ,that worked for Messerschmitt years ago, and Ken Merrick. Unfortunately , they both passed before any of the data came to light.
  13. There are some undocumented colors that so far no RLM documents have identified including light green. This is acknowledged by research teams that have recovered Luftwaffe fighter aircraft. They know what they are talking about when it comes to colors on a/c. One puzzle is that D-9s have been found with light gray over light green. Why? None of these "knowledgeable researchers" had ever contacted Warnecke & Böhm the leading paint manufacturer for Luftwaffe paint. If you don't mind, could you share the names of the German researchers you mention with us. There is some thought that light green maybe the last version of RLM 76 but the bottom line it did exist and was used on a lot of late war aircraft. A note on the color film still, when viewing the actual film the colors are much clearer. I extend an open invitation to any interested researcher to visit our garage full of Luftwaffe fighter parts with color and collection of documents, etc. and have a face to face civil discussion. A lot of new research will be revealed the forthcoming book now in the works. Cheers, Jerry
  14. Here are two good samples of the colors in question . The RLM 76 piece is part of a wooden panel from a Bf 109 K-4 W.Nr. 330152 lost on 27 November 1944. The upper colors were 74/75. The oval panel was originally painted RLM 76 then was over painted with light green. It is from an Fw 190 A-8 JG 6 W.Nr.171681 found at Euedenbach airfield near Remagen. This green is the same color that is on NASM's He 219. Interesting also this green was the undersurface color found on the He 111s of KG 55 at Bad Wörishofen, Germany after the war. Our friend who lived there had many parts that he retrieved in 1946. As you can see these two colors are not related. Cheers, Jerry
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