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SteelViscount06 Jul 2015 10:04 a.m. PST

I've read that 800, 801 and 809 Naval Squadrons had different colours for their Sea Harriers, with 801's being darker than those of 800. However, what colour would the reinforcements in 809 have been coloured? Would it have been the Hermes scheme or a different one altogether?

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jul 2015 10:49 a.m. PST

809 were far lighter than the others – rather than being done in extra dark sea grey like the earlier arrivals, 809 got the short-lived air superiority scheme medium sea grey upper and barley grey undersides with the then new pastel coloured lo-vis roundels.

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Jul 2015 10:56 a.m. PST

Here's one on Ascension in '82.


SteelViscount07 Jul 2015 1:36 a.m. PST

Thanks! Are you planning on doing the low-visibility roundels at some point?

Personal logo Doms Decals Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jul 2015 3:11 a.m. PST

They're not doable with my print process – it can't handle pastel colours (or grey for that matter) as the white's not designed to print on top of other colours. The only way it might be possible is using two decals – a colour one, and then a low density white one to go over the top, which I suspect most people would find too fiddly.

SteelViscount07 Jul 2015 10:56 p.m. PST

Well, I'm not planning to do my "all fixed-wing forces" project for another nine months (although I have started on a "some fixed-wing forces" one), so plenty of time to gat that technique going!

Risaldar Singh03 Aug 2015 2:45 p.m. PST

AS mentioned in the Ascension Phantom thread, Mike Grant Decals ( ) had a sheet with RAF lo-vis roundels. It's a very nice sheet with roundels for Italy, Spain, UK, India, Canada, Australia, France, Portugal & The Netherlands. It's no longer listed on the website but IIRC, it wasn't either when I ordered one so it might bewoth shooting him an email.

Cicero31 Mar 2016 6:39 p.m. PST

Aircraft on Invincible where spray painted, she had the facilities to do this. Hermes aircraft where brush painted! Experience showed that a lighter colour was better at air to air work so the latter ones where in medium sea grey, barley grey.

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