RAF bomb colours

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    Mustard yellow colour in FS 595 is - ? And other colours, please.
     
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    The yellow colour, which normally appeared as a washed-out pale yellow, was used up until roughly the latter part of 1942, although could still be seen on 250 pound bombs for some time afterwards. From then, and especially with the nwere types of bomb and specialised ordnance, the colour was Dark Green, with the tail unit (fins and cone) being in either black or a grey metal. Also, by mid 1944, many American bombs were alos on use, normally distinguishable by the twin suspension loops and 'square' fins, and these were in Olive Drab. Markings depended on fuilling, weight, type etc.
    Other colours were used for Drill pieces, Practice, Smoke etc, and I believe there is a thread covering British ordnance and bombs somewhere here in the forum.
    Hope this helps.
     
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    To Airframes - answer same as in Wellesley tread. But I'm interested for Federal Standard number for those mustard yellow bombs.
     
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    It's doubtful (though not impossible) that a Federal Standard number can be found. As Britain didn't use the FS system, and the B.S.I. hadn't even been thought of, any colour reference, if there was one, would have been from the Air Ministry or, as the bombs, or their design at least, dated from the end of WW1, possibly even the War Office. It might be possible to find some form of colour refernce by digging in the archives of the RAF or Imperial War Museums, but to be honest, unless this is imperative and extremely important to research, I doubt the effort would be worthwhile. The results are likely to yield information along the lines of " aerial bombs are to be painted yellow.....". !!
    If the need to know is for a modelling or art project, then I'd suggest that the colour was probaly the yellow used in the roundels of RAF aircraft from late 1939,being a paint 'in stock', and photo evidence suggests that this (on the bombs) varied considerably. This would be due to the initial painting, storage, exposure to the elements due to storage outdoors, and rolling around on the ground, handling etc.
    If you need a colour picture example, let me know, and I'll post something here.
     
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    I have few WW2 colour photos, before bombing up, but, as You say, it will be interesting to se diference in tone of colour, so may You post it here?
     
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    No problem. Leave it with me if you don't mind, as I'm having difficulty using my hands at the moment, due to flare-up of Rheumatoid Arthritis, so handling a book to scan is rather painful! I'll post something within the next day or so.
     
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    No rush, Airframes.
     
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    Can I copy this info freely given on the finescal.com forum,

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    Thanks Loiner. But to me is more interesting smaller calibre, more used bombs.
     
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    Sorry for the delay, but here's a section of a well-known photograph, I think originally from Charles E. Brown, showing the colour. I should have some more from this series of shots of the Stirling, and I think also another colour shot of a Wellington being loaded, but of course, the colours are the same!
     

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    No problem Airframes. Nice photo, I never saw it before.
     
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