Re: German purple/mauve/lilac

Bill Shatzer (
Wed, 8 Feb 1995 19:42:39 -0500

>Well, I think we've all covered German turq/light blue enough, so I'd like to
>toss out another color. What do you guys use for the mid war purple used on
>German a/c? Polly S is the only one I have seen advertised as WWI German,
>but to me, it looks much too pale, especially compared to modern day
>paintings of a/c. I have also read and heard of it described as almost a
>purplish mauve rather than a true deep purple. I got Airfix's Hannover


>I would love to get some feedback and advice.
>Thanks again for your help,

Well, at least up until about 3 or 4 years ago, Humbrol made a "German
Purple" which was kind of a brownish purple-red - quite close to
British PC 12 actually. It was decidedly different than the "lilac"
and "purple" colors you see on many color illustrations but it looked
pretty good on a model and the fact that it was similar to PC 12
gives it some claim to being reasonably close to accurate. My theory
has always been that there were actually *two* distinct "purple"
colors used on WWI German a/c but that's another (very long) story.

Cheers, Bill (back on line after a long and massive communications


Bill Shatzer - -