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B-25J bomb bay...

June 9 2012 at 1:49 PM
Ken Daigle  (Login PBR66)
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I have googled and smoogled and the question on the bomb bay color is still moot. What is the consensus as to NMF or bronze green here on Hyperscale?

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Thomas Naser
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RE:B24J Bomb Bay

June 9 2012, 2:18 PM 


From what I've been able to discove in original, NOT restorations B24J's, the bomb bay itself was NMF, while the walkway and the interior of the doors were green. However the top of walkway probably would have been highly polished, from wear, down to bare aluminium


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Karl Hauffe
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B-25 bomb bays were NMF throughout production.

June 9 2012, 2:29 PM 

I recall seeing a photo or two posted here of a painted B-25 bomb bay, but I think they were PBJ's, possibly a corrosion preventative. That is just a guess on my part. From the factory, all B-25s had unpainted bomb bays. This is borne out by the maintenance manuals. HTH, Karl

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John Ferdico
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This question turned up recently and NMF was the popular vote

June 9 2012, 7:44 PM 

Apparently, early B-25s had interior green, while H and Js were NMF. Why do I remember so vividly? Read the thread literally a day after I painted my Hasegawa B-25J bomb bays. Interior green. Working on something else right now until I calm down.

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Ken Daigle
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Thanks guys...painted it NMF today...n/t

June 9 2012, 9:52 PM 

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Jim Pearsall
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I got to talk to a mechanic who did a restoration

June 9 2012, 11:12 PM 

and he said the late war B-25J he worked on was NMF all the way, including some stuff you would have thought would be chromated. The reason was that in 1944 a B-25 in combat had about a 4 to 6 week service life, so they didn't get a chance to corrode.

So he got to tear the skinning off the wing and apply chromate, as well as the inside of the fuselage.

So NMF is very correct.


Not everything has changed - only the important stuff. - Charles Stross

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