Belgian National Colors

From Wings of Linen

This page outlines the colors used in the roundels and on the rudder of Belgian WWI aircraft, as measured by comparisons to surviving fabric and paint samples..


Red/Cocarde Rouge Belgian National Markings
Reference Color House Paints or Standards Hobby Paints
Methuen 10C8[1]

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Behr Pinkadelic (P160-6)

Benjamin Moor Rhubarb (2007-30)
Dulux/Glidden French Red Stripe (10YR 17/465)
NCS1950 S2060-Y90R
Pantone 1797 U
PPG Bonfire (1187-6)
RAL 460-4
RAL 030 50 60
Sherwin-Williams Coral Bells (6593)
Valspar Whipped Strawberry (1006-1A)

Yellow/Cocarde Jaune Belgian National Markings
Reference Color House Paints or Standards Hobby Paints
Methuen 5A8[1]

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Beauti-Tone I Love To Boogie (B36-1-0956-3)

Behr Blazing Bonfire (P250-7)
Benjamin Moore Mandarin Orange (2018-20)
Dulux Sun God (06YY 49/797)
Sherwin-Williams Laughing Orange (6895)
Sherwin-Williams Gusto Gold (6904)
Valspar Monarch Wing (2008-1A)

Reaper Marigold Yellow (MSP 9007) ?

And black is black.

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.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bruce'88, p.23.
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 12: Hanriot HD.1. Great Britain: Albatros Publications, Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-948414-14-6
  • A. Kornerup & J.H. Wanscher, Methuen Handbook of Colour, Third Edition. Great Britain: Methuen London, 1989, ISBN 0-413-33400-7