Few Gloster Gladiator questions

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    Cockpit interior was completly interior grey-green? Including floor?
    Prop blades including 'hub' for 80Sq. Egipt, was black?
    And wires, in what colors they were?
     
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    Cockpits could be grey green, silver, or a combination of these, depending on mark and time period. A good compromise is to paint the main areas grey green, with tubular frames and heel boards in silver. The Gladiator didn't have a floor as such.
    The Mk1 Gladiator normally had a varnished wooden propellor, whilst the MkII had the three-blade prop, normally black.
    By wires, do you mean the 'flying wires' and rigging? If so, these were stainless steel.
     
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    Thanks Airframes:occasion5:. Yes, I thought on Gladiator I (forget to write it) and rigging.
     
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    Color of the seat was also grey-green?
     
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    Normally, yes. I'll try to scan and post a pic later - if it'll fit on to my scanner !
     
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    #6 Airframes, Aug 30, 2013
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    Here you go. This is the Mk1 from the Shuttleworth Collection. The edge of the seat can just be seen in the second photo, with the seat-type parachute pack cushion in place. Allowing for the shadows, it appears to be in the grey green, and other B&W photos show tones suggesting this colour. It is possible that seats were also painted in 'Aluminium'.
    Note that the Mk1 and the MkII had different instrument panels.
    Here's a few shots I took of the Duxford machine, showing the rigging and other details.
     

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    Thank You very much Airframes, I was in doubt aluminium or grey-green seat. I'm workin' on Matchbox Gladiator and fuselage halves are now glued.
     
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    One more Gladiator I question: gunsight was ring and bead or reflector on RAF Gladiators in Egypt?
     
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    Again, depends on time period. The reflector sight was in common use in RAF fighters from the mid 1930s, so more than likely would be fitted.
     
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