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Chromate color on Navy planes
« on: August 26, 2006, 04:00:10 PM »
This very interesting photo present F3F  with chrome yellow propellers. Image is from Library if Congress Archive and it is rare image of this plane in color.

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Re: Chromate color on Navy planes
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2006, 10:30:43 PM »
I think it might be a trick of the light. Propellers on Navy a/c were usually their natural colour on the front face, with (sometimes) maroon on the rear face. The tips were blue, yellow, and red.

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Re: Chromate color on Navy planes
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2006, 10:33:20 PM »
I will try to get a text written by Dana Bell. it is entry in the standard protection on the NAVAL planes from mid '30. But just a little time to get where I put document. It will be interesting for the modelers as well for the illustrators.

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Re: Chromate color on Navy planes
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2006, 05:02:22 AM »
Spar varnish was applied to the prop as protection giving them a slight yellow-brown color. A tinted clear would work on a model. AFAIK the USAAF used maroon for about 2/3'ds of the back of the prop, but I haven't seen anything on this for Navy aircraft. Others may know more.
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Re: Chromate color on Navy planes
« Reply #4 on: October 30, 2006, 09:10:26 PM »
One more image from the same source but now is Catalina  ;)