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 Post subject: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:16 pm 
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I'm building a model railway for a customer, part of which has an 8th AF airfield on it. There will be part of a runway, peri-track and a couple of loop dispersals. What colour/position should the various lights be, and what spacings?

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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 8:49 pm 
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The basic "Drem" AFL Mk.II, installed as standard on all Class A airfields:

Perimeter Track:
T1 Taxiway lights at 150' spacing on straights, proportionally closer on corners.
Orange filtered for outer edge of track, blue filtered for inner edge and dispersal spurs, facing all directions.

Runways:
C6 Flarepath lights at 300' spacing.
White/unfiltered, facing direction of approach.
C5 Crossbar lights (go around point) 800yds before far threshold, 37.5' apart. 5 set in runway surface (150' wide), one in grass each side.
Blue filtered, facing direction of approach.

All the above are circular or oval cast iron "hooded" fittings, fitted with 15 watt lamps.

I'm guessing you won't want to be bothering with Outer Circle and Approach Funnel lights, Approach Angle Indicators, Totem Poles , USAAF HILV Lights, etc. ;)

All the best,
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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Sat Jul 16, 2011 9:01 pm 
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That's great, thanks.

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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 11:49 am 
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"I'm guessing you won't want to be bothering with Outer Circle and Approach Funnel lights,"

What colour would these lights have been - red?

I have one of these lights, obtained from epay around a year back. I don't have a pic to hand, but it's a cast metal 'bowl' approx 14" diameter, with a hinged 'ring' that holds a very heavy glass dome on the top. The base is recessed and it would appear that it was designed to sit on top of a telegraph pole. Inside, it has 2 ceramic bulb holders. I did find the 'model' number somewhere on AIX I recall, but it escapes me now.
I restored it in the spring, painted black on the outside (which is how it came, and paint stripping didn't reveal any other earlier colours), white inside. I had it as a 'camp table lamp' at Little Easton in May, fitted with white bulbs.

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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 1:23 pm 
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Outer Circle and Funnel lights were plain white.

Sounds like you have one of these...

Drem A3 Outer Circle and Approach Funnel Lights. Rare as a rare thing.
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Two bulb holders, so the light would stay visible if one bulb failed:
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The only markings found during cleaning, N4031 P2:
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It would appear that the same fitting, but with a red glass bowl, was sometimes used as an obstruction light on top of hangars and control towers.

Pleae post a photo sometime, it would be nice to see one still retaining the glasswork. :)

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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2011 4:48 pm 
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That's the one, although apart from a few tiny scratches on the top of the glass dome, it's perfect.
Thanks - I'll take some pictures and post them up.

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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:47 pm 
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Pictures as promised, below.

On the base, the only markings/numbers are 'N4031 4'

The glass has the following raised wording around the 'lip' - where the screw down clips hold the glass to the lid. 'HEAT RESISTING' 'BRITISH MADE' and 'PHOENIX' (manufacturer I'd guess - though it said Pyrex when I first got the light!)

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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 12:59 pm 
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Cheers Chris,

Mind if I borrow your images for a post on AiX?

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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 1:26 pm 
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No problem Paul, use them however you wish.

They're hosted on my personal website, so you can use the URL if you prefer - the site won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

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 Post subject: Re: Wartime Airfield Lighting Colours
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Thanks. :D

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