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Black Spitfire
AikinutPGH
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2020 - 02:27 AM UTC
I have a question. I have seen pictures of black Spitfires, was this a special plane like the pink or blue recon ones or a location based pattern?

Which version was used?
phantom_phanatic309
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2020 - 04:30 AM UTC
Will dig out the book in a little while to check, but some Spitfire Vb's were painted Matt black and used as night fighters for a brief period in 1941. IRC they belonged to 111 Sqn and would be vectored to targets by ground radar.
Jessie_C
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2020 - 08:09 AM UTC
Here's what The Spitfire Site has to say on the subject.
AikinutPGH
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2020 - 10:01 AM UTC
Thanks Jessie_C, that is a great site. I am building my first Spitfire and my theme is unusual paint schemes. Red P-38 -50,000 unit, Orange Japanese Raiden - flight school, Red Me-163 - first combat flight, Planned blue Mosquito PR
18Bravo
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2020 - 01:59 PM UTC
Since we're sort of on the subject, any idea why the undersides of some had one black wing nd one white one on an otherwise normally cammo'ed plane?
Jessie_C
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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2020 - 03:57 PM UTC

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Since we're sort of on the subject, any idea why the undersides of some had one black wing nd one white one on an otherwise normally cammo'ed plane?



That was a recognition scheme to prevent the pongoes from shooting down their own aircraft.
AikinutPGH
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 06:07 AM UTC
wasn't that in the early war before the Battle of Britain?
Heatnzl
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Posted: Friday, May 08, 2020 - 07:31 AM UTC

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That was a recognition scheme to prevent the pongoes from shooting down their own aircraft.



Don't forget trigger-happy matelots.
cabasner
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Posted: Saturday, October 10, 2020 - 06:07 PM UTC
Slightly older thread, but interesting. I am currently working on an Eduard Bf109 G-6/AS that is going to be done in an all black paint scheme. It would be really cool to have both an all black '109 and 'Spit on the same shelf. Unfortunately, it doesn't look there is a correct state-of-the-art Spitfire Mk. Vb on the market, and I would hate to have to backpedal from the spectacular Spitfire Mk. 1s from Tamiya and Eduard in order to have the correct variant for the all-black Spit.
M4A1Sherman
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Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2020 - 01:30 AM UTC
Yes it was Jim, but some Spit squadrons still carried that scheme well into the "Battle", as I understand it. June & July, I think...