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PostPosted: Sat 28 Apr 2007 16:55 pm 
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all the 1:72 aircraft kits i have built have always advised me to paint the main body of the pilots in RAF blue, i have always done this. but i have also wondered if this is right. the RAF blue is surely for he uniform that they would wear around the base, would they not have had some sort od flying suit, in say brown, that they would have flown in, or would they have flown in their uniform. does it depend on where they are or hat season

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PostPosted: Sat 28 Apr 2007 18:50 pm 
Aircrew clothing is very varied and can depend upon aircraft type, theatre, mission profile etc. The Osprey Combat Aircraft and Aircraft of the Aces books are very helpful in this respect as they include colour artwork of pilots/aircrew with the various different types of flying clothing.

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My two favoutite reference books for WWII uniforms are
Army Uniforms of World War 2 by Andrew Mollo & Malcolm McGregor - ISBN 0 7137 1189 2
The ARMED FORCES of WORLD WAR II by Andrew Mollo, Malcolm McGregor & Pierre Turner - ISBN 0-85613-296-9
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Also I think it depended on the Pilot themselves

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In his book, "Fly for your life," Bob Stanford Tuck says that, in the Battle of Britain, most of the pilots, who'd come through from before the war, still wore their white overalls.
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what i really want to know is if RAF blue is suitable for a mossie pilot of RAF coastal command?

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PostPosted: Sun 29 Apr 2007 19:39 pm 
Very likely. Banff Wing Leader, Max Aitken usually wore a 'working' blue battle top & trousers.

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Have a look at this photo, from Osprey Combat Airfcraft No.5, to give you an idea of the different types of uniforms mentioned.

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Whats a good Humbrol match for the blue RAF uniform ? WW2 specifically

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H96

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As David noted, and a wash with Payne's Grey oil colour thinned with mineral turpentine works well to define shadows in the folds of the uniforms.

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Brews wrote:
As David noted, and a wash with Payne's Grey oil colour thinned with mineral turpentine works well to define shadows in the folds of the uniforms.


Concur!
Although I use thinned Burnt Sienna oil paint, then dry brush with white.


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Great , thanks guys .

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I'll go with H 96 and a darkish wash

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Just a question about the crew outfits. Can i ask have most people done? The 'service brown' or Taylor suits yellow?


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Taylor suit were only worn by the gunners.
Usual attire for the crew would have been their Blue-Grey issue battle dress uniform, flying jacket over the uniform and then a
Mae-west with the parachute harness over everything

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I chose to paint them in their Irvin Harmisuits :Pilot:
These are the Humbrol paints I used :arrow:
Hu: 61 Matt Flesh = face
Hu: 65 Matt Aircraft Blue = shirt
Hu: 77 Matt Navy Blue = tie
Hu: 96 Matt RAF Blue = uniform
Hu: 10 Gloss Brown = base colour of ‘Irvin Harmisuit’
Hu: 9 Gloss Tan = highlights of ‘Irvin Harmisuit’
Hu: 62 Matt Leather = flying helmet
Hu: 83 Matt Ochre = fur lining
Hu: 21 Gloss Black + Hu: 29 Matt Dark Earth = boots and gloves
Hu: 33 Matt Black = oxygen mask, goggle straps & machine gun loops
Hu: 11 Metallic Silver Fox = goggles

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That's great info there Ratch! :thumb:

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:D :D For any of you wanting to paint an RAF pilot for your model at the Battle of Britain era, see my painting here:

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Johnny Kent was the Canadian pilot of the original Airfix model coded JE-J and having the Canadian maple leaf on the nose side, a long time ago. :blob:

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RAF Fighter pilot, Flying Officer 1940
Games Workshop 61-79 Tanned Flesh = skin tones
Humbrol Acrylic 196 Satin Light Grey = shirt
Pilot G-1 Grip pen Black = tie
Vallejo Model Color 70964/058 Field Blue = uniform
Tamiya XF-52: Flat Earth = parachute pack & strapping
Vallejo Model Color 70984/140 Flat Brown = flying helmet
Humbrol Acrylic 85 Satin Coal Black = shoes

RAF Sergeant G. W. Garton, Hurricane fighter pilot, ‘A’ Flight, No. 43 Squadron 1940
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh / Vallejo Model Color 13 70858 Ice Yellow / Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = face and hands
Vallejo Model Color 106 70971 Green Grey = shirt
Humbrol Acrylic 33 Matt Black = tie
Vallejo Model Color 58 70964 Field Blue = uniform
Humbrol Acrylic 155 Matt Olive Drab = Mae West lifejacket
Or
Humbrol Acrylic 81 Matt Pale Yellow = Mae West lifejacket
Humbrol Acrylic 160 German Camouflage Red Brown = flying helmet
Humbrol Acrylic 21 Gloss Black + Vallejo Model Color 148 70941 Burnt Umber = boots

Polish Air Force, Pilot Captain 302 Sqn. UK 1940
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh / Vallejo Model Color 13 70858 Ice Yellow / Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = face and hands
Vallejo Model Color 106 70971 Green Grey = shirt
Humbrol Acrylic 33 Matt Black = tie
Vallejo Model Color 58 70964 Field Blue = uniform & cap
Vallejo Model Color 48 70898 Dark Sea Blue = backing to insignia
Humbrol Acrylic 34 Matt White = insignia
Vallejo Model Color 70872 149 Chocolate Brown = scarf
Humbrol Acrylic 21 Gloss Black = shoes

RAF Flying Officer RAF fighter pilot, the Mediterranean 1941
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh / Vallejo Model Color 13 70858 Ice Yellow / Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = face and hands
Humbrol Acrylic 160 German Camouflage Red Brown = helmet
H72 Khaki Drill = shirt & shorts
H86 Light Olive = socks
H62 Leather = shoes
Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = parachute pack & straps

RAF Flying Officer, Boston III N.W. Europe 1944.
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh / Vallejo Model Color 13 70858 Ice Yellow / Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = face
Vallejo Model Color 58 70964 Field Blue = uniform
Vallejo Model Color 141 70921 English Uniform = US ‘flak’ vest
Humbrol Acrylic 160 German Camouflage Red Brown Red Brown = flying helmet
Vallejo Model Color 70843 133 Cork Brown = gloves
Humbrol Acrylic 94 Matt Brown Yellow = parachute pack
Humbrol Acrylic 21 Gloss Black = boots

RAF Squadron Leader A. H. Rook, No. 81 Squadron, 151 Wing, Russia 1941-42
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh / Vallejo Model Color 13 70858 Ice Yellow / Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = face and hands
Vallejo Model Color 70988 115 Khaki = overalls
Vallejo Model Color 70825 144 German Camouflage Pale Brown = fur lined collar
Vallejo Model Color 48 70898 Dark Sea Blue = cap
Humbrol Acrylic 81 Matt Pale Yellow = Mae West life jacket
Humbrol Acrylic 33 Matt Black = shoes & belt

RAF Coastal Command Sergeant Harold Oliver, 1943.
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh / Vallejo Model Color 13 70858 Ice Yellow / Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = face and hands
Vallejo Model Color 48 70898 Dark Sea Blue = cap
Humbrol Acrylic 34 Matt White = polo neck jumper & trousers
Vallejo Model Color 58 70964 Field Blue = V neck jumper
Vallejo Model Color 123 70847 Dark Sand = fur lining
Vallejo Model Color 70843 133 Cork Brown = flying jacket & boots

RAF fighter pilot
Humbrol Acrylic 61 Matt Flesh / Vallejo Model Color 13 70858 Ice Yellow / Humbrol Acrylic 186 Matt Brown = face
Tamiya XF-23: Light Blue = shirt
Humbrol Acrylic 33 Matt Black = tie
Vallejo Model Color 58 70964 Field Blue = uniform
Humbrol Acrylic 81 Matt Pale Yellow = Mae West lifejacket
Humbrol Acrylic 160 German Camouflage Red Brown = flying helmet & gloves
Vallejo Model Color 164 70867 Dark Bluegrey = highlights to uniform
Humbrol Acrylic 33 Matt Black = goggles
Humbrol Acrylic 11 Metallic Silver Fox = goggle lenses
Humbrol Acrylic 21 Gloss Black + Vallejo Model Color 148 70941 Burnt Umber = boots

I don't worry about exact colour matches. Fabrics fade with wear, sunlight and washing :wink:

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