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Windward23 Oct 2011 7:33 p.m. PST

I've been looking at wings palette, and photos of models online trying to figure out what the color of the leading edge of the engine cowl is. It seems to be a copper or brown, anyone know the correct color and why it's not painted the same color as the rest of the cowling?

Kaoschallenged Inactive Member23 Oct 2011 8:27 p.m. PST

I had always thought it was a dark bronze coloring from photos I have seen. The same as on other early war aircraft like the Gladiator and Swordfish. Robert

highlandcatfrog23 Oct 2011 8:59 p.m. PST

Robert wins the cigar. Bronze is the color.

Personal logo Dom Skelton Sponsoring Member of TMP24 Oct 2011 2:08 a.m. PST

Yep it's usually a bronze colour, although brand new it'd be a lightish gunmetal. It's actually an exhaust collector ring, channelling gases from each cylinder to the exhaust; as such it got very hot very fast, so would blister the paint off in short order if painted. As it is, heat leads to the discolouration that gives the bronze hue normally seen.

Comparison of a couple of Gloster Gladiators, which have a similar arrangement:

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Hendon air museum, all buffed up and shiny and new looking. (Well, ish….)

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Shuttleworth Collection, gets flown a bit obviously….

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