He 115 Colors followup

I pulled out my Revell kit (latest issue) and the one book I have that has HE 115 (Axis Aircraft of WWII) data.

A closer look at the Revell box top suggests that it is rendered in a dark grey/dark green, not 70/71. The book has a picture of the 115 looking directly down from above as it is prepped for a mission. The colors are somewhat blended together by weathering/fading but it appears that it is a dark grey/dark green combo. The pattern seems to generally follow what is indicated on the Revell paint diagram.

There is a side view of a KuFlGr 406 aircraft with distinctly Grey and dark green camo, but the pattern is differnet from the side views given by Revell. FWIW the Brits had 3 A-2s (previously Norwegian) and 1 B-1 captured from the Luftwaffe, though I have nothing on thier markings. Since they were used for clandestine ops perhaps they retained thier German markings. One was even used by BOAC.

What I found odd was that I had thought I had a ref that said aircraft flown over water were supposed to be 70/71 but the dark grey makes sense after seeing the picture even the lighter grey one seems as if it would blend in well. I haven't the faintest idea what the grey was though RLM

66 would be seem reasonable.

They were apparently also used in the Med, I suppose you could look at other Luftwaffe aircraft in the Med and use those colors with the same pattern.

Lotsa luck, Frank

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Gray Ghost
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Standard Luftwaffe over water colors were 72/73 with 65 lower surfaces.

72 and 73 were somewhat different colors than the standard early war 70/71 greens, but in black and white photos you couldn't tell the difference. Only outfit that makes the 72/73 colors as far as I know is Extra Color enamels, sold by Hannant's.

Bill Shuey

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William H. Shuey

Polly Scale does most of the RLM sequence, including 72, 73 and 65.

Mark Schynert

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Mark Schynert

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