Re: Misc., lozenge

Bill Shatzer (
Mon, 11 Dec 1995 09:20:56 -0800

>to continue a thread:
> The idea behind the odd combination of colors found in lozenge
>camouflage is rooted in color theory that was being developed during the
>latter part of the 19th century. Look at paintings by the French painter
>Seurat. He painted in what was called a "pointilist" style, that is he
>used no brush strokes but applied thousands of dots of color on his
>canvases. When the viewer stood several feet away from his work the
>disparate colors of dots blended to make the image/scene that he was
> The colors found in lozenge fabrics work in a similar way. When
>viewed from a distance, these varied colors are intended to meld together
>and have the appearance of a non-descript color that will blend in with the
>background against which the aircraft is flying. Too frequently, our
>experience, particularly as modelers is to look at these machines at close
>range and not in the setting, or distance, in which the camouflage was
>designed to be the most effective.

Well, this is the first time I've ever heard it expressed in terms
of 'pointilism' and Georges Suerat (which is -way- too intellectual
for this list!) but Charles has got it absolutely correct.

As to the 'gaudy' colors, keep in mind how 'scale effect' works
in one to one scale. With distance, colors tend to become muted
and 'blue out' and colors which appear quite vivid up close appear
much more subdued through a couple thousand feet of atmosphere.


Bill Shatzer - -or- -