Late-War Luftwaffe Fighter
Brett T. Green
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Luftwaffe Fighter Camouflage - Back to Part One
Commentary on the Evolution and Usage of
Luftwaffe RLM Colours 81, 82 & 83 by David E. Brown
IPMS Houston Bf 109G-6 Walkround
Luftwaffe Resource Page
The Bible of Luftwaffe Camouflage and Marking. Includes colour chips. This book revolutionised the way researchers and modellers looked at late war German camouflage. Lamentably long out of print.
2. "The Modeller's Luftwaffe Painting Guide" by J.R. Smith, G.G. Pentland and R.P. Lutz, Kookaburra Technical Publications, Melbourne, 1979, ISBN 0 85880 033 0
A companion piece to the "Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings" trilogy from Kookaburra. The authors contend that the late war "sky" colours did not exist - they were simply faded or discoloured RLM 76. However, the colour photos of the subject aircraft (and others) are invaluable. Six photos of various parts of the subject aircraft on page 54. One good colour view of the Port side of the aircraft on page 71.
3. "Luftwaffe Camouflage and Markings 1935-45 Vol. 3" by J.R. Smith and J.D. Gallaspay, Kookaburra Technical Publications Pty Ltd, Melbourne, 1977, ISBN 0 85880 020 9
Colour photographs of the subject plane in the above book on pages 92 and 132. Invaluable reference - long out of print!
4. "War Prizes" by Phil Butler, Midland Counties Publications, Leicester, 1994, ISBN 0 904597 86 5
Photograph of subject aircraft in the above book on page 151.
5. "Focke Wulf Fw190D & Ta152" Model Art Special no. 8, Model Art Co. Ltd., Tokyo, 1989 (reprinted 1997), No ISBN.
Colour chips on page 135 of above publication as referred to in text. These samples were quite close to colours found on the subject aircraft. However BEWARE - there is massive variation between the samples claimed to be the same colour in other Model Art Specials. As far as I know, these samples may vary even in the same publication. Cross reference against the FS numbers listed above to be sure.
6. "IPMS Color Cross-Reference Guide" by David H. Klaus, published by the Author, 1991 (sixth reprinting), No ISBN.
A great starting point for colour research. This publication includes an FS595B colour fan.
7. "Messerschmitt Bf109F, G & K Series - an Illustrated Study" by Jochen Prien & Peter Rodeike, Schiffer Military History, 1993, ISBN 0-88740-424-3
Well laid out and chronological history of mid to late Bf109s. Lots of pictures and the best way to identify DB605D and DB605AS variants - excellent summary of conformal bulge variations.
8. "Aero Detail No. 5 Messerschmitt Bf109G" by Shigeru Nohara and Masatsugu Shiwaku, Dai Nippon Kaiga Co. Ltd., 1992, ISBN 4-499-20589-1
9. "Walk Around Fw 190D - Walkaround Publication No. 10" by E. Brown Ryle and Malcolm Laing, Squadron/Signal Publications, Carrollton, 1997.
10. "Camouflage Colour Chart for RAF Day Fighters (WWII - Northern Europe) UK-1-1" by Ministry of Small Aircraft Production, Quebec, Canada.
11. "British Aviation Colours of World War Two" Edited by John Tanner, Arms and Armour Press, London, 1986, ISBN 0-85368-271-2
Excellent one-stop description of all major British Air Ministry Orders from April 1939 to October 1944. Includes colour chips for all standard RAF colours.
12. "History, Camouflage and Markings of JV 44, JG 6 and JG 1 Focke Wulf 190 Ds" Experten Decals No. 3 by David E. Brown and David Wadman, Experten Historical Aviation Research Inc., Calgary, 1995.
13. "Luftwaffe RLM Colours 81, 82 & 83 - A Commentary on their Evolution and Usage" Parts 1, 2 and 3, by David E. Brown, Experten Historical Aviation Research Inc., Bedford, 1997 (published on the Internet in rec.models.scale newsgroup).
14. "Les Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-1 Ó K-4 - Moteurs et amÚnagements" (2e ╩dition), by Jean-Claude Mermet, Self-published, Aix-En-Provence, 1995, No ISBN.
15. "The Messerschmitt Bf 109G-10", by Jean-Claude Mermet, Article in the periodical Luftwaffe Verband Journal
BACK TO PART ONE - History, Features, Camouflage and Markings of WNr. 163824
GO TO PART THREE - "Commentary on the Evolution and Usage of Luftwaffe RLM Colours 81, 82 & 83" by David E. Brown
GO TO PART FOUR - Building a Bf 109K
GO TO PART FIVE - Focke-Wulf 190A-8 in Grey
GO TO PART SIX - Model Paint Mixing Guide
Text and Photographs Copyright 1998 by Brett Green