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Luft 46 Colour Camouflage Applications, Part 1: Fighters

Part 1: Fighters

The idea for this feature came from a good and simple question from Mal (Holdfast)...”how does anyone in to Luft 46 decide upon a camouflage scheme?”

First and foremost there is a lot more freedom in choosing a colour scheme but some care is needed as, personally I believe, a Luft 46 model should look as if it actually existed. It should look unmistakably German in colour and scheme. After all in different circumstances many projects may have made production and operational status. I try and achieve this by, generally speaking, keeping to standard RLM palette of colours, although there are many opportunities to try new colours and camo patterns.

There are many things to consider before choosing a scheme and the colours all of which have a distinct influence. 

WW2 Germany probably had the largest range of colours and camouflage patterns ever seen and this was compounded by many directives and orders issued by the RLM, often contradictory. 

Most camouflage schemes were completed in the field which in itself offers a wide scope of possibilities. An individual ground crews’ interpretation of the guidelines could affect any official scheme slightly or greatly. 

Improvisation and the irregular supply of the correct paints and shades and the thinners with which a ground crew may have been forced by circumstance, to use, could all have had an unmistakable effect.

The theatre of operations and the intended role an aircraft was to fulfill also plays its part in selection.

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About the Author

About Peter Allen (flitzer)

Greetings to all. My real name is Peter Allen and I have recently returned to UK from working in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, as a creative director in an advertising agency. My home town is Wigan in the north of England. I’m married to Emily, a Polish lass who tolerates my modelling well. I’ve wor...


Hi there A great piece of work Peter! Beautiful artwork and a real inspiration for anyone tackling a Luft '46 project. One comment re- the schemes is that the undersides would possibly have been left in natural-metal in some cases, as was becoming common in order to save materials late in the war. (Of course, if we're talking '46, the Germans could have re-secured their oil supplies...). All the best Rowan
APR 30, 2004 - 06:56 AM
Best answer I have ever had to any question, ever :-) Nice feature Peter, I'm certainly getting more interested in luft 46, I particularly like the potential for some very interesting colour schemes. Thanks again :-) Mal
APR 30, 2004 - 08:54 AM
Many thanks to all for the kind remarks. But the thanks are all mine for having the opportunity to share a little of the subject I like best. Plus doing the camo profiles is a joy to do...not like work at all. Its as satisfying as doing the models themselves in many respects...although the models show an application in trrue perspective of how a scheme might look. Thanks again....the 2nd part is almost ready. Like most experiments...I was warned..lol...by Rowan....it's hard to stop when an experiment takes on a life of its own... Cheers Peter :-)
APR 30, 2004 - 06:52 PM
PS...Rowan mentioned a raw metal finish to undersides. In the next part I will try a profile that includes a metal finish profile, or at least one in part. Thanks again. Cheers Peter :-)
APR 30, 2004 - 07:12 PM