don't always believe what you read or heard til you have 1st hand knowledge to say otherwise.
Many centons ago, in the 1960s and 70s, geological eras before the infallible knows-all sees-all cosmic-net...
...there was much less reference material available to modelers seeking "authenticity"...
...therefore, "we the un-knowing," devoured whole and spat out rote, whatever gems or drivel any new "authoritative source" blessed us with.
Believe it or not, some of the "incoming" info was "not always precisely accurate."
Personal fave example thereof is the then-only-25 years-old, recollections of Pacific vets of seeing and fighting (A6M-2N Nakajima-built) floatplane Zeroes...
... painted overall very light purple.
SO numerous were the "credible" confirmations to this, Polly-S paint actually produced an acrylic paint colour for this popular modeling application.
As time passed and additional data became available, it was ultimately confirmed, all of the several hundred "floatplane Zeroes" were painted in the same IJN light grey as landplane Zeroes being built in parallel by Nakajima.
Not light purple.
And the moral of the story is...?
In a former life in NAVAIR, I was tasked to investigate an event. After intervewing and taking statements from those who saw the accident, I wondered if they had all seen the same accident.