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Vulcan paint codes
« on: September 25, 2013, 07:21:42 PM »
If I wanted to repaint a Vulcan (Camouflage and 'duck egg blue' underneath) does anyone know the three colour codes that I should ask for, and where can I get the correct paint?
Also the yellow code to repaint the yellow grab handles on the way up to the pilot positions, and on the back of the pilot seats.

The idea is to repaint the XM569 forward fuselage section and I'm sure the bottom is currently too light and I want to make sure I use the correct colours for the top half camouflage areas.
I'm hoping someone will know this as XH558 has been resprayed last year.

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Re: Vulcan paint codes
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 02:31:29 PM »
558 is not that good a place to start as the scheme is non-standard.

The paint Steve used came from Akzo Nobel and was Aerodur C21/100 UVR spec.

The colour codes were 045075 BSC 637 Grey And 045447 BSC 241 Green.

The paint on 558 is gloss rather than matt which is what 569 wore in service.

The colour scheme is to DTD 5580.

The upper surfaces were painted Medium Sea Grey and Dark Green (which are pretty close to what 558 wears now)  The lower surfaces were Light Aircraft Grey (rather than "Duck Egg Blue)

If the Cockpit is outside it would be worth using the Gloss paint - even though it is not authentic) as it lasts a lot longer than the matt paint.

I'm sure you've seen this before but just in case...

http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/vulcan/survivor.php?id=553

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Re: Vulcan paint codes
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 06:27:36 PM »
Thanks for all of that information Sam, terrific.
That link you sent was not known by me but I did know all of the information in the text. The photo of the nose section is in 'Hangar 7' which, as mentioned, was demolished. The nose languished on the ground for about 7 years before she was put back on the gantry in 2011 at 'The Flying Shack' where she was opened to the public occasionally on open days.
As I've probably mentioned, I've been made 'Team Leader' for the restoration, H&S, Operation procedures, and visitors etc. I've got a team of half a dozen at the moment and we are planning what restoration we can do, although we don't want to do too much and spoil the atmosphere of her age.

Some of the silver paint was not fully removed when she was painted last time and this has started to lift, flaking the camo paint on top of it.
There's also water getting into the cockpit but I've got to find some way to get my tall ladders to the museum so I can get up to seal around the cockpit and all of those little hatches and places where water is probably getting in.
It's not too bad really but it does drip onto the crew position desks between the AEO and Nav Plotter, up by the 2nd pilot near the rudder pedals, and gathers in a large pool by the bottom bomb aimers position. I've drilled 3 holes around where the glass is, and also underneath the fuselage a foot or so to the rear of the bomb aimers window, and this is allowing water to drain away and it appears to have stopped it pooling. Lots of cleaning, polishing and general tidying up done and a lot to do of course.

There was a very pretty Serbian lady up in the cockpit a couple of weekends ago and she got quite carried away (not with me unfortunately) and she asked if we thought we'd ever get her flying again! I said that we had a slight problem with 'The rest of the aircraft', inasmuch as there's bugger all behind the bulkhead where the rear crew sit!

Thanks again for the codes, I'll see what I can find.
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