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TBD-1 Devastator in McClelland Barclay Camouflage Masking set (Great Wall)  USCHI2013
TBD-1 Devastator in McClelland Barclay Camouflage Masking set (Great Wall)  USCHI2013 image 1

TBD-1 Devastator in McClelland Barclay Camouflage Masking set (Great Wall) (Uschi von der Rosten USCHI2013)

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Category:Aircraft Scale Modelling
Subcategory:Model Masks
Scale:1 : 48
Publisher/Brand:Uschi von der Rosten
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This product was added to our database on Thursday 3 july 2014.

Mind: this product is an accessory to an existing or to a yet to be assembled scalemodel. The scalemodel is not included and needs to be ordered separately.

Category Aircraft Scale Modelling, Subcategory Model Masks, Scale 1 : 48, ISBN/Box USCHI2013, Publisher/Brand Uschi von der Rosten, Version vinyl

Both the US Army and the US Navy attempted various experiments in camouflaging aircrafts during the late 1930s and 1940. One of the Navys initiatives in this field was the use of Mr McClelland Barclays range of geometric camouflage designs.
A range of aircraft types were involved in the experiments, BuNo0339 and BuNo0320 were two TBD-1s selected from the USS Saratogas Airgroup to participate in the trials. BuNo 0339 was painted according to Barclays Design No.8. This used what appears to be Dark Blue, Gray Blue, Light Grey and White.

All the colors were non-refelctive and of a temporary, water-based nature so that the aircraft could easily returned to their appropirate markings after the trials.

It seems that no surface preparation was made, as the starboard side showed extreme wear and flaking of the paints used. All markings and insiginia were painted over. However, the squadron codes (3T) are partially visible on the starboard side through either wear or the thinnes of the paint. All under surfcaces were painted white with thin Dark Blue lines accross the main surfaces.

The trials were conducted several weeks during the summer of 1940. They included air combat and anti-aircraft defence scenarios, with both camouflaged and un-camouflaged aircrafts operating together. However, the experiments were proved to be inconclusive, both the design and colours being criticised.

One positive outcome was the move by the Navy to non-reflective paints which should eliminate reflective flashes and the brightness of some colours used.

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