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jpipes05 May 2012 7:21 p.m. PST

I am having a friend paint a 15mm scale Ju52 for use in North Africa scenarios. I have been searching for some suggestions on paint schemes used there but haven't found as much as I was hoping for. Any suggestions? I know for starters the yellow rear fuselage stripe was Eastetn Front so not to use that. There seems to be examples of both the standard green color plane as well as some desert painted examples. Any suggestions for how to proceed? Going for historical look and with lots of detail/weathering.

Thanks in advance!!

RobH Inactive Member06 May 2012 3:36 a.m. PST

The majority of images I have seen show plain green finish.
Like this:(original pic)


Some camo variants: (modern museum pic)


But, how about a pseudo Italian scheme to be different?: (not sure on the historic accuracy of this render…but it is cool)

slugbalancer06 May 2012 9:13 a.m. PST

In this photo, which looks like it's North Africa, the Ju52s look dark, probably RLM 70 & 71 with yellow cowlings.


jpipes06 May 2012 10:49 a.m. PST

Thanks for the input!

Interesting, I assumed they used a white stripe on the rear fuselage to indicate Med service, and that yellow cowlings and tail fin were indicators of Crete, not North Africa, but clearly this photo shows otherwise!! I'm guessing a lot of different variations would have been found, including yellow cowlings and dark green, with and without the white stripe, etc. One thing I've seen little or not at all are examples in theater specific mottled desert paint like you see a lot of the fighters and Italian planes with.

I'm going to settle on split dark splinter camo (dark green-dark brown I believe) in large blocks with a greyish underside, no white stripe, and yellow cowlings and tail fin with North Africa unit codes.

jpipes06 May 2012 10:53 a.m. PST

This is an example of what I am going to strive for:


number4 Inactive Member02 Sep 2012 6:31 p.m. PST

Being transports, they would not necessarily be in the same scheme as the area they land in….not if they were based elsewhere.

E.G. aircraft photographed in North Africa may be based in Sicily or Italy

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