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B-25J Interior Colors ?

May 10 2012 at 1:01 PM
Peter Beck  (Login 7713MC)
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Pretty new to WWII a/c and only did the 1/48 AM B-25B kit quite a few years ago. On that version, the interior colors were Int. green for the forward portion, bare aluminum for the bomb bay and zinc chromate yellow for the rest.

Now I'm attempting the 1/32 "J" kit and the directions call out for interior green throughout, including the wheel wells. Is this correct for an "J" model?? I'm thinking the interior could be all green in this version but the wheel wells also??

Thanks for any suggestions.

Pete Beck

This message has been edited by 7713MC from IP address on May 10, 2012 1:02 PM

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May 10 2012, 1:08 PM 


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North American B-25 Mitchell

A wing brace assembly for a B-25 bomber prepared for the assembly line of North American Aviation at Inglewood, California. The picture shows the use of both primed and unprimed components in the wing assembly. The primer appears to be "raw" Zinc Chromate.

B-25 remained in production throughout the entire war, so there have been a lot of variations.

Based on the Erection & Maintenance instructions for B-25C, early B-25 models B, C and D had Bronze Green crew cabin. Instrument and other panels were black. Some photos show crew seats in unpainted aluminium with drab seat cushions.

Zinc Chromate Yellow was used other fuselage interiors, including its entire rear part.

Opinions vary concerning the finish of cockpit floors and crew walkways. Some say it was Yellow Zinc Chromate, others unpainted aluminium, others Green Zinc Chromate.

Series of photos of new B-25Cs prepared for the first flight at the North American factory in October 1942 suggests some dark grey and green elements at the aft bulkhead of the bombardier's compartment. The green could be a mixed primer or Bronze Green. Other photos from the same session show Bronze Green fittings on the same bulkhead as well as black decking forward of the instrument panel.

Interior of the engine nacelles, engine cowlings, undercarriage bays and doors were all finished in Zinc Chromate Yellow.

Insulating material was dyed to match the interior finish coating for that compartment - Bronze Green or Chromate Yellow.

Interior of the bomb bay and bay doors was painted in Aluminium lacquer.

Later models of the B-25 went to overall Bronze or Dull Dark Green in the cockpit with natural metal rear fuselage and Aluminium lacquer wheel wells.

The final and the most numerous J model standardised on Interior Green for the cockpit and the rest of the interior.

Another shot from the B-25 assembly line shows the partially cowled Wright R-2600-13 Double Cyclone engines. Noteworthy is the blue-grey colour of the crankcase cover.

Mike Hanlon

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From The B-25J Maintenace and Erection manual,

May 10 2012, 2:47 PM 

The interior was painted interior green throughout with the landing gear painted silver. The Bomb Bay interior is natural metal as are the Bomb bay doors, engine firewalls,and inside the cowlings. The interior of the landing gear bays were also natural metal as were the interior sufaces of the landing gear doors.

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