WW II BombsJuly 11 2012 at 12:21 PM
|Phil Palmer (Login ppalmer)|
from IP address 18.104.22.168
Was there any rhyme or reason for the placement of stencils on 250/500 lb bombs used in the PTO. I've looked at 100's of period photos and searched Google with no joy. Lots of info on the various stripes but nothing on data stencils.
varies from bomb to bomb...
|July 11 2012, 12:32 PM |
link to original - stencil is barely visible - http://www.fold3.com/image/#160128695
Try Fold3, just search the WWII USAAF photo collection for "bombs" or "bomb loading", then you can break it down by theater and place. You'll find that there really is no rhyme or reason. I wouldn't worry too much about them, there are plenty photos of loaded bomb bays with all sorts of stripes and stencils visible.
|This message has been edited by barrowb98 from IP address 22.214.171.124 on Jul 11, 2012 12:33 PM|
here's a decent one of a 500lb'er
|July 11 2012, 12:40 PM |
And another of 250's in ETO...
|July 11 2012, 1:04 PM |
Tommy H. Thomason
|July 11 2012, 12:41 PM |
bombs and other ordnance not pristine
|July 11 2012, 12:54 PM |
Bombs take quite a "beating" during shipping and storage. They don't have a high quality paint job to begin with, so they look weathered, scratched and nasty almost from the get go.
Here's what the stencils should say...
|July 11 2012, 2:16 PM |
At least this is what war-time bombs usually show when the stencilling is visible. There is supposed to be more, but I guess for expediancy this is all they got -
On the nose of the bomb, between the front lug and fuse -
AM 50/50 (or whatever the explosive inside. Amatol 50/50 seems to be common in photos of 250's, TNT more common in photos of 500's)
500LB'ers have this -
then, between the lugs for both bombs -
PA 2-43 (or what ever the date. I think PA stands for Picatilly Arsenal, or wherever the bomb was made)
|This message has been edited by barrowb98 from IP address 126.96.36.199 on Jul 11, 2012 7:17 PM|
While on this subject... anyone have some tips on painting the yellow bands?
|July 11 2012, 3:08 PM |
I have a Korean War AD-4 in 1/72 nearly ready completed that needs to have it's bombs painted up. I tried masking them with very thin strips of tape and also used some very small O-rings, but it just does not cut it, especially on the 100lb ones.
Any hints? I'd love to finish the model but just get stuck on the bombs...
Here she is, by the way:
Re: While on this subject... anyone have some tips on painting the yellow bands?
|July 11 2012, 4:23 PM |
Paint some white decal paper yellow. Use a compass to trace two concentric semicircles (( The gap is the width of the stripe. However, looking at the links above, hand painting may be good enough.
|July 11 2012, 4:45 PM |
Thanks, I'll give it a whirl...
|July 12 2012, 9:44 AM |
... hopefully my cutters are able to go that small for a 1/72 100lb bomb! Nice tutorial, though, really helpful. Will post pictures if I succeed!
Thanks to all who responded !!! n/t
|July 13 2012, 1:28 PM |