Re: Interior color: Sopwith Baby

Matt Bittner (
Tue, 14 Nov 1995 08:33:06 -0500

On 13 Nov 95 at 15:49, typed diligently:

> I'm currently working on a 1/48 scale Eduard Sopwith Baby
> and its pretty interesting. The brass is very soft and
> pliable unlike the DML steel that I'm used to. The work is
> progressing slowly but surely as I have to use a certain
> amount of dead reckoning for the placement of some of the
> bits.

Good luck in your endeavor. Although it's quite LARGE, it sounds
like a fun project. ;-)

> Question about color: soon I'll be working on the fuselage,
> and have elected to paint a dark green exterior. Would the
> interior also be dark green or would it be a different
> color? What, pray tell, might that color be? I know that
> some aircraft of the time used dyed cloth vs dope for
> coloration, but I don't think this is one. Would the dope
> from outside bleed inside?

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but the usual practice was
to clear dope the fabric after it was applied to the fuselage, and
before any other color dope - or paint - was applied. So, what I've
heard is that you should paint the interior a "clear doped linen"


Matthew Bittner WW1 Modeler, ecto subscriber, semi-new dad, PowerBuilder developer; Omaha, Nebraska
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