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There's nothing like having the original tech orders that specified how camouflage was to be applied to aircraft, both Air Corp and Navy, in WW-II. Even better are the exact specs for insignia and the dates when each insignia style was used. 51 years ago, Jay Frank Dial...a professional modelbuilder and amateur aviation historian...produced a thin book that summarized that information using nothing more than the original tech orders as his source. Jay passed away many years ago and his book has become virtually impossible to find. Since I knew Jay at the time he produced the book, I have an original.

 

To honor Jay and to make that original material available to one an all, I have produced his book in a downloadable PDF format. It has also been enhanced with an index to make finding the information easier, along with ten photos of actual aircraft to help you see what the camouflage patterns really looked like.

 

Viewable with an Adobe Acrobat Reader or print out any or all of it as a hard copy. Price is a paltry $9.99 and can be purchased by going to this link: http://modelersweaponsshop.freeyellow.com/camouflagebook.html

 

 

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Jay was unique, a true character in addition to a consumate model builder, and his contributions to the hobby were many, in spite of the health issues which he suffered from. His book was then, and still is, is a valuable source of primary information for those interested in the subject of WW II US aircraft camouflage. Thanks for making it available again.

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A great addition to a modelers library. I got mine from the old John R Squadron Shop - 50 years ago!!! Good grief.

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