American National Colors
This page outlines the colors used in the roundels and on the rudder of American WWI aircraft, as measured by comparisons to surviving fabric and paint samples. While the reds were fairly consistent (a little more brick-red than fully-saturated red), there was much more variance in the blues.
|Beauti-Tone Cherry Blink (A23-1-1075-3)
Behr Tibetan Orange (PPU2-14)
|Vallejo Model Color Amaranth Red (70.829) |
Vallejo Model Color Brown Rose (70.803)
42.21, 36.62, 25.84
|Beauti-Tone Heatwave (A10-1-1407-3)
Behr Morocco Red (PPU2-17)
|Vallejo Model Color Dark Red (70.946) |
63.54, -9.79, -12.11
|Benjamin Moore Whipple Blue (HC-152)
British Std 2660 Wedgewood Blue (BS 8-088)
|Reaper MSP Snow Shadow (9021) |
|Beauti-Tone Epimetheus (C17-3-0660-4)
Behr Aztec Sky (P490-4)
|Reaper MSP Sky Blue (9018) |
|Beauti-Tone Charybdis (C17-2-0661-4)
Behr Explorer Blue (M470-5)
Pure white needs no further explanation, but there may have been a slight blue tinge to the white center circle. The Windsock Datafiles provide no further information on the subject.
Background and Caveats
Note: As always, there was frequently variation in paint color, weathering, varnishing, etc., so this is just a general guide. Unless you've got a high-end, wide-gamut monitor in perfect calibration (and who does?), do not trust the colors you see on your monitor! Instead, visit your local paint store and see if you can find paint samples like the ones listed and then match your hobby paints or mixes against those. The goal is just to "get close enough" for your own tastes.
Color matching was performed with the 1989 Methuen Handbook of Color and a Nix Color sensor.
- Guttman, p.32.