More About RLM 02

I keep coming back to this same image. I’m convinced, now, that we just don’t have “the full picture.” There is some missing information, and we may never have it. ┬áHere is the result of that lack of information. That is just…not right. Often, it seems to me that on those forums where “group think”
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Douglas Bader was a good example of what can go wrong when you have a guy in charge who is charismatic and aggressive. Bader wanted the RAF to fight the Battle of Britain differently, and he took his case to the very top, using his immense fame and status to gain the ear of Winston
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This is a site you’ll find if you search for “Douglas Bader Hurricane” on Google. It’s a kit review by a fellow named Tom Cleaver, who seems to post a lot of information on the web. Unfortunately, his review is a bit mad. Here’s the mad part, taken from the review itself: Now then, P3061
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As my loyal readers already know, I have a problem with the dysfunctional mini-industry that has been built around the obsessions of a few old-timers who love to discuss aviation history on forums. Publishers like Squadron and Osprey get no respect from me. They provide “an approximation” of history. Good enough, but not good. Building
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Now that I’m fully wired up and have access to a “Bat Computer” level of electronic data, I find that building some models takes on an entirely inappropriate level of persnickety-ness. In this case, I’ve found a bunch of models and paintings and illustrations showing the Hurricane of Douglas Bader (pronounced “bah-der,” not bade-ur) which
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Did World War II ground crews apply paste wax to fighter planes in order to make them faster? This particular idea show up on forums now and then. I think it reflects the fact that younger people (I mean younger than sixty) do not remember waxing cars. Sure, everybody says that you should wax your
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Anybody who is interested in aviation history knows what NASA means–the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States. They are the people who run the U.S. space program, among other things. I’ve been a fan of NASA since that first time I watched a “space shot” on TV. Nobody could top it for
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Nicholas Millman is an author and blogger who has turned his interest in the science of color and the color of Japanese warplanes in particular into a career. In doing so he has managed to accomplish something that a great many people dream about but only a few actually accomplish. Mr. Millman is a talented
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Since I haven’t done anything on the Ouragan model, I thought I’d continue that FASCINATING essay on the myth of the 02 Messerschmitt. I got this photo from a Google search that provided this source. It’s a great photo. There are a lot of “doctored” color photos of Luftwaffe aircraft. This one look legit to me,
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There isn’t one. A great RLM 02 debate. It doesn’t exist. What I’m trying to say here is that it’s “generally accepted” AKA “the common wisdom” AKA “widely known” that a slightly mysterious color called RLM 02 was used by the German Luftwaffe during World War II as both a “primer” and as an exterior
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