French National Colors

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

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Red/Cocarde Rouge French National Markings
Reference Color House Paints or Standards Hobby Paints
Methuen 10D8[1]

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Beauti-Tone Lipstick (A19-3-1444-3)

Behr Lingonberry Punch (M150-6)
Dulux/Glidden Tender Rose (10YR 16/407)
Dulux Trade Fire Cracker 3 (10YR 15/500)
FS595c 21302
PPG Burnt Red (17-13)
Sherwin-Williams Red Tomato (6607)
Valspar Deep Rose (2001-3A)

Reaper MSP Rust Brown (9072) ?
Red/Cocarde Rouge French 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)

TBD

White is white.


Blue/Cocarde Bleu French National Markings
Reference Color House Paints or Standards Hobby Paints
Methuen 22D4[1]

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Benjamin Moore Whipple Blue (HC-152)

British Std 2660 Wedgewood Blue (BS 8-088)
DIN6164 TSD 18-2-2
Dulux/Glidden Balkan Sea (50BG 32/114)
Dulux Trade Winter Teal 2 (70BG 31/124)
NCS1950 S 3020-B10G
Pantone 2177 C
PPG Americana (1152-4)
Sherwin-Williams Tranquil Aqua (7611)
Valspar Summerhouse Blue (4008-5C)

Reaper MSP Snow Shadow (9021) ?
Blue/Cocarde Bleu French National Markings
Reference Color House Paints or Standards Hobby Paints
Methuen 23D4[1]

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Beauti-Tone Meetinghouse Blue (CC042-4)

Behr Crashing Waves (S450-4)
Benjamin Moore Jamestown Blue (HC-148)
Dulux/Glidden Seacliff (30BG 37/110)
FS595c 36450
NCS1950 S 3020-B10G
Pantone 2211 U
PPG Serene Stream (1154-5)
Sherwin-Williams Open Seas (6500)
Valspar Lucy Blue (5001-5C)

Vallejo Model Color Pale Blue Grey (70.905) ?
Blue/Cocarde Bleu French National Markings
Reference Color House Paints or Standards Hobby Paints
Methuen 23C8[1]

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Dulux Peking Blue (56G 23/355)

Dulux Bayshore (50BG 30/384)
Dulux Trade Azure Fusion 3 (67BG 19/394)
FS595c 15182
Glidden Mosaic Blue (64BG 28/351)
PPG Bellflower (1237-6)
Sherwin-Williams Impromptu (6955)
Sherwin-Williams Blue Chip (6959)
Valspar Pool Party (5002-10B)
Valspar Fragrant Bouquet (5003-10B)

Vallejo Model Color Andrea Blue (70.841) ?

Background and Caveats[edit]

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.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bruce, p.24.
Bibliography
  • J.M. Bruce, Windsock Datafile 8: Spad 7.C1. Great Britain: Albatros Publications Ltd., 1988. ISBN 0-948414-12-X
  • A. Kornerup & J.H. Wanscher, Methuen Handbook of Colour, Third Edition. Great Britain: Methuen London, 1989, ISBN 0-413-33400-7