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Bellman hangar pre WWII color 03 Jul 2019 15:34 #1

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Good day to all,
I'm working on a small Hurricane in 1/72 scale, and for a diorama I would like to scratch a section of a Bellman hangar (it's not finished yet, but I put some pics)
I found enough drawings and pictures to get an idea of the dimensions of the shed, but I can not find any information about the color of it just in the prewar period.

Thanks in advance for any information about the subject.

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Cedric

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Bellman hangar pre WWII color 03 Jul 2019 18:15 #2

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Welcome to ARG Cedric. the original Bellman sheds had canvas doors, and I am not sure when steel doors replaced curtains. Your Hurricane model; (which looks superb), is I assume a Mk 1 with camo so I assume it represents an aircraft in squadron service, so after the end of 1937. The Munich crises was around September 1938 so I would think that by then the hangars had doors and the sheds were being camouflaged.
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Bellman hangar pre WWII color 03 Jul 2019 19:01 #3

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Or you could play it save and paint it black. I think that was the original colour for metal hangars. Possibly with Dark Earth, or something similar, to break it up.

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Bellman hangar pre WWII color 04 Jul 2019 06:50 #4

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Thanks a lot for your helpfull and kind answers.

You are right about the period Paul. With this model I would like to represent a machine from the N° 151 Sqn.
From Squadron history its seem it began to receive Hurricane in December 1938. Identification code "GG" was used between this date and september 1939.

I will keep an eye on the Patrick Baty page too
http://patrickbaty.co.uk/2011/10/05/wartime-camouflage-colours/

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Bellman hangar pre WWII color 04 Jul 2019 07:59 #5

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We have similar documents referred to on the Baty site such as colour charts etc in our archives and more, including a camouflage school training notes which although was in India, it still relevant to the UK.
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Bellman hangar pre WWII color 21 Aug 2019 12:23 #6

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Thank you again for your help. The dio is still not 100% finished but it starting to look like something.

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