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PostPosted: Fri 04 Jan 2013 15:39 pm 
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...which you may find of interest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujLVIlESNGE

What I find particularly interesting is that the Bowser, and bomb Tractor still have their yellow colours. Or perhaps they have weathered through? Something to consider when painting these vehicles.

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Jan 2013 18:55 pm 
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This film was a compilation made in from mid 1944 into 1945. This youtube version is very faded compared to my VT and CD of it. The Thornycroft/crane vehicle is finished in SCC15 Olive Drab with MTP46/4A style disruptive top surfaces in SCC.14 black. The whole of the crane jib is black excepting its top surface which is yellow. This fact alone shows that enemy air activity was not at the time anticipated. The Matador refueller is in standard SCC.15 with a more obvious black 'Mickey Mouse' style of MTP.46/4A again. The cab roof appears to have been roughly coated with a thin application of yellow over the black original. These yellow upper surfaces were allowed by then on vehicles that often needed to operate in darkness. The tractor seems to be in two colours. The front and bonnet being old SCC.2 brown with the rear ends and mudguards in better condition SCC.15, possibly due to repairs after an accident. Although the bomb trolleys are rather knocked about one can see the original SCC.2 brown crossbars and the white side runners on the cookie special trolley.


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Modern airfields can be dangerous places, a wartime airfields much more so. It's interesting to note that most of the yellow markings are on upper surfaces, presumably to be visible from the cockpit. Did anyone notice the Morris Light Reconnaissance Car in all over yellow next to the Runway Control Caravan?

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PostPosted: Fri 04 Jan 2013 20:56 pm 
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Throughout WW2 UK aerodrome regs required all vehicles operating on the "landing area " to be equipped with ground danger markers and or markings. The marker on vehicles and plant was in the form of a double disc 2ft in diameter painted Orange or yellow; or upper surfaces in these colours or in the case of "Works Directorate" tractors the complete vehicle. AMO 486 of 1944 dated 25-5-44. amplifies the requirement to include the painting of the upper surfaces in yellow or orange of all vehicles employed within the landing area, the double disc marking was however still required on vehicles on temporary duty in the landing area. There is evidence in the relevant AMOs that some departments of higher authority were calling for orange whilst others promulgated yellow- yellow certainly appears most commonly in photographic evidence.
The attached ( not subject to copyright)was published in several journals circa jan/feb 1940 but is possibly from late 1939. Of note the Bowser is in camo finish and the double disc marker which can be easily fabricated fron 2 discs of plastcard and a suitable piece of rod. The yellow Morris was at RAF Hemswell, I have also seen a Commer pre heater van painted in checker towing the runway caravan.
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At RAF Grimsby (Waltham) there was a Standard tilly vehicle painted yellow and known as the 'Yellow peril'. It carried a sign that could be illuminated , on top of the tilt frame with the word 'STOP' when approaching aircraft, usually those that had been diverted or, it cases of fog . Turning around it would gude aircarft back to the visitors dispersal or to the squadron own dispersals. To following aircraft, the sign facing rearwards now illuminated said, 'FOLLOW ME'
I have a resin copy of this vehicle from Millicast and currently painted with the yellow scheme but imagine my delight that Airfix, :love: are 2 bring out a Standard vehicle in kit form, it will be parked near the Watch office on my diorama :clapping:

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PostPosted: Mon 07 Jan 2013 07:02 am 
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Molesworth wrote:
Modern airfields can be dangerous places, a wartime airfields much more so. It's interesting to note that most of the yellow markings are on upper surfaces, presumably to be visible from the cockpit. Did anyone notice the Morris Light Reconnaissance Car in all over yellow next to the Runway Control Caravan?


Couldn't really make out what it was, but it was definitely yellow :)

It's great footage and I'll be trying to find the better quality version Mike mentioned.

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PostPosted: Mon 07 Jan 2013 12:40 pm 
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The film is available here
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000 ... 01_s00_i00

What is the yellow square with red lamp for on the bomb tractor?

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tractors were supposed to carry 3 red lights arranged in a triangle to warn at night they are towing unlit trailers , aircraft etc. some face forward , some to the rear, some both ways. various designs- one tractor in the film has a huge triangle on the frint of the rad grill


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I bought this DVD from Amazon last year, its well worth the money. It’s great to see this 70 year old footage in its entirety, rather than just the odd clips that have been shown on documentaries for many years.

And its real colour footage and not the colourised B/W footage that TV companies try to palm off on viewers as "Genuine WW2 colour film for the first time!"


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DogTailRed2 wrote:
The film is available here
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000 ... 01_s00_i00

What is the yellow square with red lamp for on the bomb tractor?



Thanks - just ordered one :)

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ted angus wrote:
tractors were supposed to carry 3 red lights arranged in a triangle to warn at night they are towing unlit trailers , aircraft etc. some face forward , some to the rear, some both ways. various designs- one tractor in the film has a huge triangle on the frint of the rad grill


IC, thanks for that! Something to add to my model. I also like the rad covers also evident on the bowser.

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