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    Am looking for irrefutable evidence that the darker hue in black and white photos of Coastal Command or FAA aircraft in Temperate Sea camouflage is Dark Slate Grey (a green-tinged colour) while the lighter hue is the Extra Dark Sea Grey (a blue-tinged grey).
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    Hi Robert
    Try and get a look at "The Secret Years" by Tim Mason which deals with Boscombe Down testing during the War years. Pages 113-128 are a series of Profile paintings by M D Howley which contains many colour illustrations that include FAA and Coastal Command actual aircraft. There is clearly the possibility that Howley's colours are not totally accurate and /or the printing process has introduced some distortion but the impression is of care and accuracy.
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    Hi Dick:
    Thanks for that - will try to track a copy down. On your points, am finding these are tough colours to interpret and duplicate accurately.
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    Hello Robert
    Don't know if this helps
    I found this on a modelling site that gives the FS colours for the various cammoflage used.
    http://www.ipmsstockholm.org/colorcharts/colorcharts.asp

    Dark Slate Grey = FS34096
    http://www.colorserver.net/showcolor.asp?fs=34096
    Extra Dark Sea Grey = FS36118
    http://www.colorserver.net/showcolor.asp?fs=36118

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    Hi Rob,
    You could contact the Fleet Air Arm museum on the following link:
    http://www.fleetairarm.com/researchindex.htm and ask their advice.

    I don't know whether the following is directly relevant to your query, but in "Flypast" magazine of this September there is a feature about a Hawker Sea Fury restoration:
    "It was decided VR930 needed a repaint and the opportunity was taken to return it to the genuine 802 squadron colours worn when issued to Eglinton on 6 May 1948. Until early 1950 Sea Furies were delivered in what the FAA called "Pattern 1" camouflage. The upper surfaces were Extra Dark Sea Grey with the underneath in Sky."
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    Hi Robert,

    For the period 1940/41. Upper Surfaces - Temperate Sea Scheme consisting of Dark Grey and Extra Dark Sea Grey. AMO A.926/40 to AMO A.687/41

    For the period 1942/43. Upper Surfaces - Temperate Sea Scheme consisting of Dark Slate Grey and Extra Dark Sea Grey. AMO A.664/42 to AMO A.1246/43.

    For the period 1944/45. Upper Surfaces - Extra Dark Sea Grey. AMO A864/44 to A.P.2656A

    The above covers Coastal Command land planes.

    Hope this is a help

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    Peter.
    Last edited by peter; 3rd December 2007 at 23:39.

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    Thanks, Peter, Max and Andy.
    Re the FS paints, yes thanks, had seen the site. Adding to this, it seems there were differences between US and UK paints for the same colour name, perhaps not surprisingly.
    Contacting the FAA Museum is a great idea - will follow-up.
    The AMOs are useful as they remind me the upper colour changed for Fortresses in the Met role.
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    Robert

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    Contacted the FAA. FYI their web site says up to a 12-month wait for responses... but I remain undaunted!
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