Tamiya's moto tug colours...

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  1. Maestro

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    Greetings ladies and gentlemen.

    Last year (yeah, I know I'm a slow medeller, but I've been pretty busy), I bought Tamiya's 1/48 F4U-1D Corsair with moto tug.

    The question of the plane is solved : it will be a RAF version from HMS Premier. I got every informations needed.

    However, I'm still wondering about the moto tug... I have the figure parts to modify the USN crew member and make it a RAF crew member, but I don't know if they were using that kind of tug...

    So here are a few questions for you, plastic experts.

    1 - Was that type of moto tug used by the RAF/RN ?
    2 - Was it the same colour as the USN one ?
    3 - Was it also used on the ground or was it used on carriers only ?

    Thanks for any info you can supply me with.

    P.S. Picture taken from Tamiya.com.
     

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    Well, the RAF didn't use Corsairs, or the tug! The Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm used Corsairs, but generally, on the smaller carriers employed by the RN, aircraft were manhandled, as there wasn't much room for tugs/tractors, and, of course, the Corsairds had their wings clipped for the same reason.
    On shore bases however, the RN would have used tractors, or any other suitable vehicle, when needed, which would have been painted according to the period and the theatre. In the UK, these could have been either Dark Green, Dark Green and Dark Earth wave pattern camouflage, a similar pattern in Dark Green and Black, or Dark Navy Blue. Most tractors were adaptions of civilian agricultural tractors, such as Fordson, although specialised tugs were produced for moving heavier aircraft, mainly, of course, with the RAF and their bombers, the most well-known being the David Brown aircraft tractor.
     
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    Well, yeah... I meant the FAA.

    Thanks... That info will be useful.
     
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