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grecian195930 Nov 2010 12:33 p.m. PST

guys what camo colours did italian navy planes use -thanks

Sundance Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2010 1:10 p.m. PST

Check out Wings Palette – great resource for a/c camo.

Deserter30 Nov 2010 2:00 p.m. PST

IMAM Ro. 43

Re. 2000 Catapultabile

no other planes were used by Italian navy… I think ?

pbhawkin Inactive Member15 Dec 2010 9:53 p.m. PST

The anti camouflage Red stripes on the top wings were only used in the pre WW2 Italian war/invasion of Eritrea.
The IMAM Ro.43 was pre war painted in Silver and then light grey up to about 1941 and then the Dark Grey.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP18 Dec 2010 9:15 p.m. PST


Can you quote references for that? I have seen a number of sources besides the website referenced above which indicate that Italian naval floatplanes could have red striped upper wings through 1941. For example, see the book "Regia Marina; Italian Battleships of World War Two, A Pictorial History" by Bagnasco and Grossman, on page 41.

slugbalancer13 Jan 2011 7:39 a.m. PST

A bit late but didn't spot this the first time around.

Have a look at this webpage. link
About half way down check out the section "Naval Aircraft".

Seaplanes were painted in Grigio Azzurro Scuro 3 &
Grigio Azzurro Chiaro 1, dark grey on top, light grey underneath.

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2011 2:01 p.m. PST

Nice website.

However, remember that photographs exist showing "barber striped" (i.e. wartime) Italian warships with embarked floatplanes having diagonal stripes on the top wing. For example, see page 36 of "La Mimetizzazione Delle Navi Italiane 1940-1945". I suppose both sources could be correct, with the one pattern of stripes being limited to pre-war, and the more regular diagonal pattern (as seen in wartime photos) being its successor.


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