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bridget midget the return03 Feb 2014 12:12 p.m. PST

Hi Guys

Recommendations for paint for WWII era RAF uniform blue please.


Personal logo Jeff Ewing Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2014 12:49 p.m. PST

I used a Ceramcoat "Sterling Blue," a Payne's Gray wash, and then highlight with Sterling Blue. I think I may have used a French Gray-Blue for a highest highlight. I'll snap a pic tonight.

bridget midget the return04 Feb 2014 10:47 a.m. PST

thanks Jeff. Really would have thought that there would have been a premix of it.

JARROVIAN Supporting Member of TMP06 Feb 2014 3:14 p.m. PST

In the bad old days Airfix used to make one

spontoon09 Feb 2014 9:52 a.m. PST

The official name was Russian Grey, so gives you some ideas. I use Quaker Blue from Decorart.

Etranger09 Feb 2014 5:54 p.m. PST

I had a tin of the Airfix RAF blue until just a few years ago. Humbrol has a similar colour in enamels, number. 96, called RAF Blue. link I assume that their acrylic version is similar.

Supercilius Maximus13 Jun 2014 2:45 p.m. PST

Any truth in the story that the RAF ended up in this colour because a shed-load of uniforms intended for the Russian cavalry were not shipped out due to the Revolution?

spontoon13 Jun 2014 4:18 p.m. PST

Stranger things have happened!

Jemima Fawr15 Jun 2014 5:07 a.m. PST

Yes, it was fabric for cavalry cloaks rather than for uniforms per se. The Russians had used that 'horizon blue' colour for cavalry cloaks since the 18th Century and possibly even earlier. However, the RAF soon found that colour to be rather bright in hue and in the 20s toned it down to the familiar grey-blue.

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