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Russian fighter aircraft.....bare metal or aluminum laquer?

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Could someone please tell me if the Russian fighter jets of the 1950's and 60's were bare metal or painted over with aluminum lacquer?

I'm planning to start building a 1/48 MiG-17PF in Russian markings but it just lists the skin color as "aluminum." I've seen a plethora of photos on the net; some seem painted others seem bare. Any help as to which one?

Thank you!

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IIRC, they were painted in clear lacquer over bare metal from the factory.

As they aged and were overhauled, silver powder was added to the lacquer - giving a flat aluminium finish.

At least I think that's what Gabor said???


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