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P-61B Black Widow Help Please??

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Hi,

Im currently building the HobbyBoss 1/32 P-61B (With Corrections!) but am stuck!

 

I can’t find any info on the colours of the following areas and I’m reading to load up the airbrush!!

 

Cockpit

Rear Radar Operators Station

Underside Gun Bay

U/C Bays

Cowl Inner Faces

U/C Legs

 

Im going to do it as a 422nd NFS bird, now I know they were Black, and sources suggest High Gloss Black, is that right or is it actually Satin/Semi Matt??

 

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Photos appear to show the following:

 

Cockpit: Standard zinc chromate green

 

Rear Radar Station: Zinc chromate green

 

U/C Bays: Zinc Chromate green

 

Cowl Inner Faces: Black

 

U/C Legs: Natural metal

 

As for the exterior surfaces, pictures also seem to indicate something closer to a semi-gloss black, rather than a high gloss. The light just doesn't seem to bounce off of them in a high-gloss manner.

 

Hope this helps.

 

- Dennis S.

  Thornton, CO USA

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20 hours ago, Aviacom said:

Hi,

Im currently building the HobbyBoss 1/32 P-61B

 

 

Im not sure if it would interest you at all, but I do have an unused set of TD 1/32nd P-61 resin wheels I would sell at a decent price:

 

td_32018_title.jpg

 

 

 

PM me if interested 

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Hi guys, first time back in over a year.  I have loads of source material on this aircraft and will help where I can.

Cockpit and radar operator's station were chromate green.  Wheel wells were yellow chromate. Engine compartment was green chromate.  Gun bays were yellow chromate.

 

"Black" widows were originally painted high gloss black.  This was because it was found harder to see at night than flat black.

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You are correct Jean-Michel.  I mis-posted.  They were originally flat black when made at the beginning.  The Army Air Corp had them repainted to resemble the standard color pattern of OD Green over Neutral Gray.  Later, when different color schemes were experimented with, it was found that high gloss black rendered the aircraft virtually invisible at night...  even with search lights pointed at it.  From then on they were painted high gloss black.  Many pilots have walked right into their planes claiming they couldn't see it.  

 

 

Edited by Night Fighter

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