(Login titanii) HyperScale Forums from IP address 126.96.36.199
Two questions that undoubtedly have multiple answers, so I'm looking for input and opinions! I have used Google and have read multiple articles and have reached no definitive conclusions. The questions relate to B-17G's in mid-1942-43 and the finish applied to the areas described.
1) The floor in the pilot/copilot cockpit. Some sources have this as varnished plywood, some as natural metal, and some as painted with Dull Dark Green. The references with varnished plywood refer to the black anti-skid mats in the area behind the crew seats.
2) The doors between the compartments. Some references have them as varnished plywood, others as painted with Dull Dark Green.
I appreciate your taking time to read this post and any responses!
Karl Hauffe (Login B17FE) HyperScale Forums 188.8.131.52
The floor under the pilots feet
August 18 2012, 10:06 PM
was unpainted aluminum. The floor behind the pilots (around the top turret area) was plywood with the black rubber matting. That seems to have been consistent throughout the B-17 series. Period photos show the bulkhead doors in the G series painted (apparently DDG) and unpainted. I have not been able to find any consistency. Just for my purposes (and based on absolutely nothing), I paint the doors if the airplane I am doing is camouflaged and don't if it is NMF. To date, there is no evidence of interior green anywhere in the B-17 (that will undoubtedly stir the pot...). There were some (and not specifically Douglas) that had the waist and radio painted a dark color (possibly DDG) but most period photos show these areas unpainted as was the nose. The cockpit had insulation covered with a cloth that was in theory dyed DDG but was closer to a light olive. The bombbay was bare metal after the F and possibly even late F's. No hard evidence on that one either. Let the flames begin...
This message has been edited by B17FE from IP address 184.108.40.206 on Aug 19, 2012 4:35 AM
Well, G models did not begin to arrive in large numbers until late-43, but to answer your question:
The cockpit was the only interior section on B-17s guaranteed to be painted, and Dark Dull Green was the color. However, the floor (the larger section under the turret) was wood and was also visible underneath near the crew hatch. Rubber mats were used on earlier models, but it was not uncommon to see the wood-flooring uncovered. That said, some were covered in anti-slick material but it was prone to wear from excessive traffic. All in all, it's a good chance to use your imagination.
As for the doors, you have some options here, too. The cockpit and radio doors facing the bombbay were generally aluminum. While cockpits were generally painted, other compartments were not, but that doesn't mean that various components here and there were not painted. As such, once again, the choice is largely yours. The only wooden doors I know of is the one behind the ball turret and one that leads to the tail gunner's position (it's a rarely seen door - I've only seen one restoration bother with it).
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