Yes, there was a crack painted on the side of the Liberty Bell 7. It's
clearly visible in many of the photo's taken of the flight.
BTW, if you're interested in more information about Gus Grissom, part
one of a series on him is in the first issue (march) of the Rocketeers
of Central Indiana (ROCI) newsletter. You can find a link to it at:
NAR #22012 Sr. L2
"X-ray-Delta-One, this is Mission Control, two-one-five-six, transmission concluded."
Tango Papa Decals
4. liberty bell