I’m not going to fool anybody (I hope) into thinking that this is a “real” blog entry–but I’m crazy enough to believe that I should post an entry every day, whether I actually have something to post or not.
Here’s a photo of a 109 done up in the beige flavor of RLM 02.
That guy in the space suit doesn’t look like he’s preparing to go hedge-hopping. That “splotch” near the tail is interesting, too.
Here’s an Me-163 in a very late-war olive and green. One of the few color photos.
I admit that I doubted that this scheme actually existed–but here is proof that at least one experimental rocket plane was painted this way. Doesn’t mean that all jets/rockets/109K’s had this scheme but this one did.
Here’s a cool photo showing a black green/dark green 110 with 02 spots next to an Italian fighter painted in very dark green with sand spots. I don’t know if the photographer or anybody noticed the similarity or anything. Probably took the photo during a test to measure the lethality of the 20mm cannon and the colors are a coincidence.
I’m being sarcastic again. Gotta stop that. The two airplanes have similar paint jobs. It jumps out at you. I’ve seen plenty of the Italian jobs in that scheme but never seen a model of a 110 in black green/dark green and 02 blotches painted over it.
Model builders rely on “color profiles” too much. Also note that when this beige-y 02 was sprayed over dark/black green it came out looking darker. More like a brown. This would explain why some observers of shot-down Luftwaffe aircraft during the Battle of Britain reported a “brown” color. 02 sprayed lightly over black green=brown.
Airbrush fans, try it and report back.
Also, I’m looking at a truck load of photos of dark painted airplanes getting oversprayed with my new best friend–Mr. Beige RLM 02. Now I have to ask this question. Why is beige 02 (RLM Gray 02) not a good color for painting over Stukas or Ju-88’s or He-111’s for use in the desert? Hmmm…?
I got this photo from here:
I know this is a mind bender, but “what if” you had your Stuka (it being all black-green and stuff) and you have a truck load of beige paint fresh from Milch’s private stash of beige tint number 2, and you get hit by a brainstorm. Kommeraden! We should paint this STUKA mitt der beige paint that Heinz just discovered over there while he was looking for mustard for his knockwurst.
…und, paint a snake on it. Snakes are cool, jah?
…and give it red dots. Big whitesnake with rotte ke-splotchkes.
Use the leftover swastika paint.