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Dameon24 Nov 2018 11:22 p.m. PST

I have got a squadron of Spitfires to paint up for the Battle of Britain. I use Vallejo acrylics but I've never had to paint British aircraft before. Can anyone recommend good paint colors from the Vallejo range for the brown/green camouflage they used during that period?

miscmini Fezian25 Nov 2018 7:53 a.m. PST

Vallejo Model Color
Browns, either position number 134 (can't read the color) or 135 Beige Brown.

Greens, either position number 092 Olive Gray or 098 Bronze Green

Timmo uk25 Nov 2018 10:22 a.m. PST

Brown Flat Earth, position 143

Green I'm fairly sure I used US Dark Green position 95

Underside was Sky which is the pale green colour, light blue or light grey depending on the squadron and probably down to individual aircraft at times.

In the period just before the BoB the British used two underside colours white and 'Midnight' that is a very, very dark blue not pure black.

I used Humbrol for sky, they also have a suitable green Matt 30 and they do a dark earth colour which from memory is a spot on match to the Vallejo colour.

Thresher0125 Nov 2018 2:59 p.m. PST

For the bombers (same colors as the fighters) of the period, I've seen people mentioning British Uniform, and for the green, Reflective Green. Seems quite a few use that combo.

Not sure on the latter, and I have seen US Dk Green mentioned too. Sorry, can't recall the numbers, but you can figure that out.

Back in the day, Sky Type S, which is the very light, green-gray color worked for most as well.

Very early, leftover Spits from the Battle of France could have one wing in white and the other in black (I'd go with a charcoal color for the latter at reduced scale).

Dameon25 Nov 2018 10:12 p.m. PST

Thanks for the suggestions! I did some paint tests with what I had and ended up going with US Field Drab #142 and US Dark Green #095. Yes, two US colors on a signature British aircraft!

KSmyth26 Nov 2018 6:46 a.m. PST

Dark Brown, Dark Green, Sky Type S. Vallejo makes a paint set for the Battle of Britain that has these colors and more. The are their air collections. I use them on my air projects and really like the results.

GGouveia28 Apr 2019 12:50 p.m. PST

Best match I believe for RAF early war camp is 921 British Uniform and US Dark Green 893.

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