[WWI] Halb. Cl.II Fuselage Colors

nick hamer hamerthehorrible at live.co.uk
Sun Jul 3 11:18:22 EDT 2011

Hi, Mike,        I reckon there is no definitive set of colours for either the rough lozenge camo or the stippled/sprayed covering over that lozenge. There are many examples of the CL.II in the gallery and they all are slightly different in colouring, but most seem to agree on the random lozenges with soft edges with a uniform scumble of blue/green over the top. The original ministry of munitions report on the Halberstadt scumbling is pretty vague in itself- ''cloudy yellow, dark and light greens,brown, purple and a light blue''. I do think as a purely personal opinion that you are right to handpaint or soft edged spray the camo colours and then stipple/spray the dark blue over the top. I feel that the photographs of some of the frontline Halberstadt CL.II's in the Datafile suggest that the scumbled top colour was applied with a spray gun with a course spatter as the 'flecks' of paint just look to uniform in density for a rag or stippled brush. I do look forward to seeing your interpretation of this interesting colour scheme. As for the exact shades of the colours- Good luck! I'd love to hear how the Mirage kit builds up, having only built the B.M. kit, which I thought was a great build. Maybe the Book 'Schlachtflieger' would be a great help, sadly, I don't have a copy (yet!).                                                                                                  Cheers,                                                                                        Nick.
 From: jmikl2957 at comcast.net
To: wwi at wwi-models.org
Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2011 11:20:08 -0700
Subject: [WWI] Halb. Cl.II Fuselage Colors

                I'm staring at the contents of a Mirage Halb. Cl.II, along with the fuselage "stippled"-color decals, and my Methuen Handbook of Colour.  The decals appear to be far too light, given that the blue stippling over the four or five lozenge colors, per references, is supposed to be Prussian Blue (Methuen 21F7) which is very dark.  That said, I think I want to try to hand-paint the fuselage with approximately 600 mm lozenges and stipple it with Prussian Blue.  To the problem:                1.  There is no Prussian Blue available through Hannants, Squadron, or Roll Models.  Does anyone have a source?  If not, do you have a mixture for me?  That is, if I start with a darkish blue like Insignia Blue, what colors should I add to it and in what proportions?                2.  Has anyone tried to recreate the five-color fuselage lozenges which, per various Datafiles, are Deep Greyish Violet (17E5-6), Honey Yellow/Khaki (4-5D6), Deep Greyish Green (28D5-6), Deep Greyish Turquoise (24E-F6), and Dullish Deep Blue (21E6-7)?  Which colors did you use?                Deep Greyish Violet appears to be German lilac with a bit of dark grey.  Honey Yellow/Khaki seems to be German RLM Yellow with a fair amount of brown.  Deep Greyish Green looks to be German Pale Green with a touch of dark grey and Dullish Deep Blue could be German RLM Blue with some dark grey.  I have no idea what to do for the Turquoise.  Since the Prussian Blue stippling will cover a good deal of the hand-painted lozenges I suppose that their colors need not be terribly exact, but what do you all say?                TIA.                                Mike 		 	   		  
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