Russian National Colors

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This page outlines the colors used in the roundels and on the rudder of Russian WWI aircraft, as measured by comparisons to surviving fabric and paint samples. As you might guess, there is even less documentation on Russian colors than many other nationalities. However, based on surviving fabric, this is the best match we have. The source is Durkota, Darcey, and Kulikov's massive tome, The Imperial Russian Air Service.

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Red Russian 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
Blue Russian National Markings
Reference Color House Paints or Standards Hobby Paints
Methuen 22C8[1]

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Dulux/Glidden Blue Streak (70BG 24/380)

Pantone 300C
Valspar Wishing Well (5002-10C)

Reaper MSP True Blue (9017) ?
Blue Russian National Markings
Reference Color House Paints or Standards Hobby Paints
Methuen 22D8[1]

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Behr Hacienda Blue (P490-6)

Benjamin Moore Laguna Blue (2059-30)
Dulux/Glidden Sweet Saphyre (50BG 18/350)
NCS1950 S 3050-B
Pantone 641 U
Pantone 7690 C
Pantone 301C
PPG Neptune (1237-7)
Sherwin-Williams Blue Mosque (6789)
Valspar Garden Pool (5003-10C)

Reaper MSP Tropical Blue (9419) ?

And white is white.

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 Durkota, p.377.
Bibliography
  • Alan Durkota, Thomas Darcey, and Victor Kulikov. The Imperial Russian Air Service. Flying Machines Press, 1995. ISBN 0-9637110-2-4
  • A. Kornerup & J.H. Wanscher, Methuen Handbook of Colour, Third Edition. Great Britain: Methuen London, 1989, ISBN 0-413-33400-7