Hi, can anyone tell me what the original color of the Spruce Goose
was, back in '47? It's white nowadays, but that's not the original. My
instruction sheet says "silver" and that's it, but is that accurate?
And if so, I have a bottle of MM silver and MM chrome silver, which
would be preferable?
Well, I am not real sure of the "original" color,since I never saw it during
that time, but from looking at the beast in the museum several times over
the last few years, I am going to suggest that it is still exactly the same
paint as was on it originally. And that is a rather dull painted aluminum
color. I really doubt if the thing has ever been extensively repainted.
During all the moving and such from Long Beach, and storage until the museum
was completed, it was covered with white stretch plastic for protection.
But the original surfaces are still there. If you look inside the monster
you can see lots of the same paint and color. Until you stand under (or
in) this thing, you just don't comprehend the magnitude of a complete
repaint. I am sure that the only way it will ever get a complete repaint
is long after most of us are gone and the paint quality degrades to the
point where it will be required. At that point I am pretty sure they will
do a good job of "restoring" it in both quality and color.
The bird is in outstanding condition and is getting all the attention it
needs and deserves from the museum staff.
That makes perfect sense, but I guess one would really need to check the
photos of the thing from "back then". When I saw it, about 20 years ago;
it was *very* monotone, and it *did* look "white" (or very light gray).
This may have been due to the less-than-ideal indoor lighting...but it
definitely did not look "silver".