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set 3003 FAA WW2 Biplanes

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FAA WW2 Biplanes

During the 1930s and 1940s, the Royal Air Force and Fleet Air Arm of the United Kingdom showcased the enduring capabilities of biplane aircraft, proving their adaptability in the dynamic landscape of aerial warfare.

Within the Fleet Air Arm, notable biplanes played crucial roles in naval operations. The Fairey Swordfish, a torpedo bomber biplane, achieved remarkable success during critical naval engagements, including the pivotal Battle of Taranto and the sinking of the Bismarck. Simultaneously, the Supermarine Walrus, an amphibious reconnaissance biplane, operated with versatility over both land and sea, proving its worth in naval reconnaissance.

In addition to these, the Gloster Gladiator, primarily a land-based biplane fighter, found adaptation for carrier-based operations during the early stages of World War II. Modified for carrier use, the Gladiator became instrumental in defending Malta, displaying its agility and robust design against enemy aircraft. The Gladiators, along with other biplanes like the Fairey Swordfish, became stalwarts in the defense of Malta, illustrating the resilience and adaptability of biplanes during wartime challenges.

To enhance the effectiveness of these naval biplanes, the RAF Coastal Command and FAA implemented an innovative gray Temperate Sea camouflage scheme. This scheme featured Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey for the upper surfaces, providing effective concealment. The undersides initially adopted Sky Grey, later replaced with Sky in 1941 for better blending during maritime operations. Notably, a shadow shading camouflage strategy was employed, with lower wings painted in lighter hues - Dark Sea Grey and Light Slate Gray - compared to the upper wing camouflage. This meticulous attention to camouflage not only ensured effective concealment in the vast expanses of the sea but also reflected the strategic considerations of the time, showcasing the RAF and FAA's commitment to optimizing their biplanes for naval operations.

FAA WW2 Biplanes Set Use Guide:

  • This set would be the ideal choice for painting models of RAF or FAA aircraft following the Temperate Sea Scheme.
  • The Temperate Sea camouflage was introduced in 1938 and remained in use until the late 1940s.
  • This scheme was adopted by both Royal Navy aircraft and RAF Coastal Command for maritime missions.

FAA WW2 Biplanes Set Includes:

  • 375 Dark Slate Grey - The light greenish-gray upper surface camouflage color.
  • 378 Extra Dark Sea Grey - The dark gray upper surface camouflage color.
  • 376 Light Slate Grey - The gray color of the lower wings.
  • 379 Dark Sea Grey - The greenish-gray color of the lower wings.
  • 374 Sky Grey - The color of the under surfaces in the 1939-1940s.
  • 373 Sky - The color of the under surfaces in the 1940-1945s.


This Set is Best for:

  • Blackburn Shark
  • Fairey Albacore
  • Fairey Seafox
  • Gloster Sea Gladiator
  • Supermarine Seagull
  • Supermarine Sea Otter
  • Supermarine Stranraer
  • Supermarine Walrus, etc.

Paint Type:

  • Acrylic A3003
  • Enamel E3003

Paint Finish:

  • Semi-gloss


  • 6 x 10 ml. (6 x 0.33oz)