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12 Jul 2006 5:30 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

  • Changed title from "Painting Aircraft" to "Painting Aircraft - WWI Color Schemes Source?"
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Waterloo Inactive Member16 Mar 2003 5:56 a.m. PST

I have broken down and started a new gameing period, WWI aircraft. The question I pose is where can I find good information on color schemes and camoflage for aircraft of all nations, either internet or print material. Thanks ahead of time.


Dave Crowell16 Mar 2003 6:32 a.m. PST

The World War One Modeling Page and associated mailing list are a great source to strat, as are the Squadron publications.

Fiddlers Green has an extensive collection of WWI aircraft as card models, the preview pages offer colour views.

Lots of stuff out there. And welcome to teh wonderful world of box kites and canvas eagles.

Chris Wimbrow16 Mar 2003 6:43 a.m. PST

It is in the model page links, but I visit this one often:

Boduognat Inactive Member16 Mar 2003 2:36 p.m. PST

When I started my flying circus, I rented "the Blue Max" video and immediately had some inspiration for the wacky stuff.

The authentic stuff I got from the net using the specific type surf with an appendix jpg.

It's there,it's only 'all over the place'(and modellers are by far the best sources)

happy hunting

Boduognat, king of Nervi

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2003 6:26 p.m. PST

The best sources for the wargamer are the Squadron books. They have "in action" paperback books of all the famous aircraft. Next are the Osprey "Aces" series. These are way cool. They have at least 8 color pages, with dozens of 1/72 drawings of the aces of that particular aircraft. I know of no one book to consult, so you must get books for each type. Luckily, you don't need to get Albatros DVa and DIII books, but merely "Albatros in Action" and "Albatros Aces."

For Squadron, check out the manufacturer's listing on this site. Call them up, though, and get the monthly catalog. Their website doesn't really go into all the available stuff.

If you are gaming in 1:72, this is really the cheapest scale, because of the price of plastic kits. Most kits have decals and color schemes for up to 4 different individual planes, usually for a famous ace.

Poniatowski Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member18 Mar 2003 7:25 a.m. PST

1/72 kits are the way to go because of the wide variety of kits available. 1/148 Pewter kits are the best though for their size and detail....however, they are not readily available here in the US and there is not a wide range out...yet. Presently we use 1/72 kits. The squadron books rock for paint schemes and there are other books on detail as well. The resources are boundless. Check out your local library. By the by...big game this weekend at Ft Niagara..1/72 that is. We use canvas eagles rules. They are simple and easy to use.

Waterloo Inactive Member19 Mar 2003 9:32 a.m. PST

Sorry Poniatowski Ft. Niagara is a little too far away from the southern tip of New Jersey, thanks for the invite anyway. Thanks for the information I will let you know how they turn out.


Poniatowski Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member25 Mar 2003 1:00 p.m. PST

I have some pics from the game...if you want to see some planes, e-me at

Keegan Inactive Member25 Mar 2008 10:27 p.m. PST

Try this link, nice pics
World War I Plastic Model Airplanes

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