[quote=“Ron Merchant”]Gravelbelly–Your description of how it was done is correct. And, yes, the level on the bullets did vary, but we tried to keep the dipping pan level to about 1/2 the bullet.
It really is not “paint” that is used. It was Lithographic Ink. This would develop a tacky film over the outside in about 10 minutes but would remain gooey under the surface for weeks. The overall look is much thicker looking than the yellow on the bullet tip pictured here.[/quote]
OK Ron, I must defer to the knowledge of one who “has been there”. It just seemed to be one possibility to explain the odd coloured tip. We didn’t use the coloured tips for practice in the Royal Navy, if the target was hit we claimed it was our shot that hit it! I once asked the question “How can we tell if an aircraft is hostile or friendly?” and was given the reply; “To a ship, an aircraft is considered to be hostile until it has committed an unhostile act!”