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Old 22 October 2002, 01:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,

I would like to ask if there is an up-to-date consensus on the French "jaune" scheme carried on early and mid production Spad 7s. As far as I understand there were two versions of "light" Spad camouflages.

- One of them was rather simple: the all metal parts and undercarriage parts were painted chromate yellow (based on PbCrO4), while the all fabric surfaces were covered with unpigmented clear dope.

- Later on the metal parts were still painted with chromate yellow, but the fabric surfaces received aluminized chromate finish (58% of lead chromate + 42% of aluminum powder).

Is this information correct?

TIA

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Old 23 October 2002, 10:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Greetings all:

According to Alan Toelle, The information above is somewhat inaccurate. I have hooked up Tomasz & Alan and we'll get an update later.
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Old 14 November 2002, 01:47 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Stephen,

sorry for the late reply. First of all thank you very much for hooking me with Alan. He is really a great researcher and a very kind man.

I am still discussing with him aspects of the Spad 7 camouflage. During the last twenty years Alan collected a lot of information on Spad 7 camouflage. He has found no proof of the "yellow scheme" application on Spads. Otherwise the existence of the beige/CDL Spads is extremely well documented.

In other words when I will be building my SH Spad VII model, I will stick to beige/CDL scheme.

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