Merry Christmas to everyone.
Mat, if you want to restore your frame authentically, please consider the following,
A grey trailing wheel does not make the glider grey. The bottom of the glider was grey. The C-47 trail wheel was grey too.
If the CM glider 43-42835 is grey, why does it appear to be light blue in the photo?
Because the image was “doctored” for printing purposes for the magazine. Many magazine and newspaper photos were retouched for printing purposes. This glider was the 454th production article by Commonwealth. Other than the Cessna\Boeing contract, most 42 serial number gliders were produced and delivered in 1943. A majority of 43 contract serial numbers were produced and delivered in 1944 between January and middle of August. 45 serial number contract articles were delivered from August 1944 into July-August 1945. There were quite a number of 45 contract serial numbered CG-4A used in Varsity.
The 43-42835 glider in the configuration as shown was not contract specification factory production. It shows the original rounded tail cone which had not been field converted to the modified tail cone. It has the deceleration tail chute installed, side mounted because the tail cone is not modified. The glider also has the Cory nose skid system installed. Neither of these items was factory installed when this glider was built and field installation would have occurred generally not before July 1944. That it has the serial number painted on the bottom of the wing and has the large number on the forward cargo section indicates it was assigned to an airfield in the United States. By serial number this glider was not assigned to CCAAF glider engineering test base or to Wright Field. Considering these factors it could have been at Sheppard Field, glider mechanics school. Ernie LaSalle did a lot of different things with the CG-4A in his glider mechanics school. However, the fact that it appears grey or light blue in the magazine printed photo does not indicate or prove it was painted grey.
I have responses from six U. S. glider pilots who flew in Europe and one response from a C-47 pilot who did snatch and ground tow recoveries of CG-4A gliders after Market and Varsity missions. He may even have recovered one or more of Gregory’s “light grey” gliders. He saw them on the ground and he saw them from above, flying over them while doing recoveries. He NEVER saw a grey painted CG-4A. These men were there, Gregory was not.
Here is a photo that I believe proves Gregory’s point that because the gliders look grey in the photos and appear to be different shades of grey in the photo, they are grey. The uploaded image is a USAAF, Wright Field, photo of one of the XCG-4 delivered to Wright Field by WACO. As proven by Gregory, the glider had black and white horizontal stripes on the rudder, the vertical stabilizer was light grey, the fuselage was lighter grey and the wings were dark grey or perhaps black. Using black and white photos as reference, you should paint your glider grey because that is the appearance in the photos.
Personally, if you are not interested in historical accuracy, it does not matter to me what color you paint it, you pick a color. However, this XCG-4 as you see it in grey shades in the photo was not grey. The rudder was red and white stripes. The vertical stabilizer and wings were yellow and the very light grey fuselage was dark blue, yet it appears as light grey as do Gregory’s “grey” gliders.
Sorry my image did not post. Will try again.
Edited by gliderman1, 23 December 2013 - 11:49 AM.