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Main 747 Wheel Well Color?  
User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3074 times:

Do anybody know which color that is the main color of the 747classic wheel well?

tg 747-300

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User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3052 times:

Isn't it purple ?  Big thumbs up

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User currently offlineVC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 1999, 3700 posts, RR: 34
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3039 times:
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It's white to begin with, but goes a creamy/brown colour after the corrosion inhibitor is applied. After a few years it is basically black.

User currently offlineB747Skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 7 months 23 hours ago) and read 3016 times:

Wheel wells are generally of the greenish color but I have seen some brown, or some grey... then all that gets somewhat dirty, with the splashes from the wheels... For me I would say greenish is most common, at least in the ones that I fly currently... Honest, I do not often look in there, except when a flight engineer tells me to go look at the wheels to get my opinion about a worn-out tire...
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User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 2941 times:

Thank you.

Skipper: Do you think that greenish color is the one also used in the 737 wheel wells?

I'm asking because I'll sonn be building a Virgin 747-200 model, and don't think that the suggested silver/aluminium color is too accurate.

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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13968 posts, RR: 63
Reply 5, posted (10 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 2930 times:

The ones I´ve been in (quite a few) wre of the following clours:
Primary structure white, with a brownish-transparent covering of AV8 (corrosion preventive) and plenty of dirt.
Components: Green of zinc chromate primer.


User currently offlineDL_Mech From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 1926 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (10 years 7 months 2 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

I can't say I've seen a Zinc Chromate Boeing Wheel Well. VC-10 and MD11Engineer have this one right. BTW 737's are white also.

This plane is built to withstand anything... except a bad pilot.
User currently offline747Teach From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 176 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

Tg 747-300: Our fleet, and all the ones I've ever worked are white, going to light brown with the corrossion inhibitor. I'd go that way if you want realism. Could add some purple, gray, brown, or black highlights and streaks to be super accurate. Regards,

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13968 posts, RR: 63
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 2778 times:


I didn´t say that the whole wheel well was green, just components like flap torque tubes and gearboxes. Also the big APU air duct is silver to golden. Of course the main structure (bulkheads, keel beam, rear spar, landing gear beam ) is white with a brownish coating of AV8


User currently offlineBuzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 22
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2682 times:

HI Tg 747-300, Buzz here. I've seen Boeing build it's wheel wells and color them white - so it's easier to find leaks. The DC-8's we had had a primer green color wheel wells and not many lights, so it was always a gloomy place at night.
Primer green would be for accessories inside: spoiler mixers, flap transmissions, torque tubes - which might have an orange/black spiral painted on them. The APU bleed air duct often has a black shroud around it, and is a golden color - titainium plated with gold for skydrol protection.
That amazing AV8 corrosion preventive spray gives a golden brown transparent color, it's made by Dinol. We used to use LPS-3 but that stuff was always slippery / sticky. The Dinol AV8 will dry to a hard film so you don't get so messy as you rub up against it.

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