Think you may find that as it was built for service in North Africa it would have been painted to align with the desert requirements in the factory. When it went to Europe it would have been overainted for that theatre. I am willing to bet that it shall also be overpainted with the European scheme at a later date. The FW190 was painted in a factory scheme then repainted for its Russian Theatre use.
Post by angelsonefive on Oct 2, 2019 18:48:15 GMT 12
It seems that LW aircraft originally destined for the Middle East and diverted to Russia had their tropical paint schemes modified rather than completely over painted to suit. The Me.109 F-4z Trop. Werke Nr. 10132, ditched in Motovskiy Bay north of Murmansk by Horst Carganico in August 1942, was, when rescued from a coal yard in Murmansk in the early '80s found to be largely in its tropical paint scheme of RLM 79 (sand-brown) upper surfaces and lower surfaces in RLM 78 hellblau (light blue). The Russian theatre markings of yellow on the cowl underside , and on the wingtips and rudder, and some areas of dark green on the upper surfaces had been added in Germany or possibly "in theatre".
The last monthly YouTube update from Jason Muszala on the collection's maintenance and restoration activity mentioned that with the Me262 now at Moses Lake for flight test, work focus is going back to the Stuka...but not much more detail than that.