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E2M Lem Man
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posted 02-12-2005 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
OK space fans- what color is a V-2 rocket motor? Was it black or green?
What color was the inside of the fuselage?
Were the fuel tanks aluminum?

There ia a lot of confusion out there about this!

There are many V-weapons with "enlightened" colors for display but if you are trying to do one right- what was the colors of the equipment inside a V-2 or even a V-1?
send pictures if available.
These are to do the Revell and Hawk/ testors models that have insides!

Thanks
Jim Busby

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posted 02-12-2005 01:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spacecraft films   Click Here to Email spacecraft films     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There is some color V-2/Germany footage on our "Liftoff!" DVD coming out March 5. There are a few shots of the inside of a V-2, being shown to Himmler. This footage was shot the day a V-2 took off after Himmler's plane.

The set also contains some White Sands footage. There's some shots of the inside of the V-2, with what looks like cotton padding between the outside skin and the tanks (the tank skin was not the outside skin)...

There's a preview of some of the more distant shots on our website. www.spacecraftfilms.com

Mark Gray
Spacecraft Films

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E2M Lem Man
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posted 02-13-2005 01:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you Mark- I hope that there are others that have seen and photographed these, themselves.
Have any of you ever looked at these and found the motor colors, They appear to be a dark color- Black?
I have asked some experts a few years ago- but even they were stumpted- has anyone ever asked the old German rocketmen?
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spaceuk
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posted 03-13-2005 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There were some V2 engnes on display here in UK

The ones I have seen have always been the base metal colour i.e. unpainted.

Now the 'paint' - if any - may have been removed when UK MoD units were examing these captured units immediately after the war and subsequently the engines prepared for museum displays?

But, from my inspection, I don't think the ones on display in Uk had been painted at all. why waste paint,money and time on a military item that is going to become fairly hot (!!) to say the least ?


I have an image somewhere of these and if I can find it will publish


Phill

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posted 03-13-2005 09:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank You, Phill- I look forward to seeing that!
Jim

spaceuk
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posted 03-13-2005 10:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here is the link to my photo of the V2 chamber.
http://www.spacepaintings.co.uk/images/v2chamber.jpg


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posted 03-13-2005 10:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Incidentally, when I last went Cosford (2004) I could not see the V2 engine displayed.

Soem of Cosford's space/rocket items have been sent over to NSC at Leicester I understand but I don't they have been put on display? Anyone else have any more details?

Cosford is having a major overhaul at present.

spaceuk
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posted 03-13-2005 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh yes - while I remember.

There used to be V2/A4 parts on display at UK Science Museum in London back in 1960's.
Not been for a while - are they still there ?

Phill
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posted 03-13-2005 10:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
E2LM
I note you are in CA.

Its not too far to New Mexico.

I think the space museum at Alamogordo has some V2 engine parts on display.

Also, the WSMR museum may have some V2 bits . Maybe not on show but perhaps - if ask curator - may let you see them since some captured V2 rockets were tested there.
They may have some B&W and colour photos still in their archives ?

I've some V2 B&W and sepia news release photos from early 1950's that show USA V2 and Bumper launches. They are about A4 size photos and have the V2 in about half that A4 area. But, being sepia colour still a guess on them !


Phill

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