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Wondered at that one myself.

November 13 2017 at 7:50 PM
Chris Cowx  (Login crcowx)
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Response to An Fw-190F Question

I would never discount just about anything I see for late war Luftwaffe camo and paint. The flip side is don't believe everything you read either!

Comparing two different 190's to try to draw a conclusion at that time of the war is dangerous. There were several schemes, including 74/75/76, 75/83/76 and 81/82/76 that were all in use concurrently at that time, depending on the plant, batch and subtype. And tat is not even including substitutions due to wartime needs!

As for the NASM F-8, I am inclined to believe it. No real reason for it not to be 70, since it was a commonly available colour. The NASM does exceptional restorations and their research is generally excellent, so I am sure they checked the colours thoroughly. That aircraft was repainted and upgraded at least once, if not more, when in service, so I don't find it hard to believe that a late war upgrade would make use of a substitute paint colour. I have even seen a listing (Merrick?) that shows substitute combinations of colours to be used during the transition from old to new paints in late '44. This was to use up old paint stocks without reordering obsolete colours. It is quite possible that 70 was a substitute for 74 at that time.



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