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March 15 2012 at 10:18 PM
Dana Bell  (Login DanaBellColors)
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Response to "Bell Green" vs. "Curtiss Green" : a question, if my

Hi Pat,

As you noted, Curtiss Green was mixed for Curtiss by Berry Brothers and probably saw little variation. Introduced in 1942, it was an attempt to match the Yellow Green mixed from zinc chromate primer, aluminum paste, and black. Berry added a medium-to-dark gray enamel to zinc chromate primer and came up with something close enough for government work. The off thing was that the govenment originally didn't care about the color, but that point was forgotten when the aluminum shortage was announced. Sometime in 1943 Curtiss seems to have switched to Interior Green. Yellow Green and Interior green were mixed on the spot to avoid settling out if the primer sat too long on the shelf. The color you use will depend on when the aircraft was built.

Bell Green is anecdotal - I've net yet seen a document mentioning its existence. That doesn't mean the color didn't exist, but it does add to the confusion when one writer points to Dull Dark Green, another to Interior Green, and a third to Medium Green, each identifying the color as Bell Green. Generally, the darker shades were consistant within batches, while the Yellow Green/Interior Green varied with the quality of the original zinc chromate, the amount of black, the amount of aluminum (if used), and the thickness of the coat.

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