Re: Erik what's with RLM 78??

Erik Pilawskii (
Thu, 5 Jan 1995 16:05:51 -0800 (PST)

Well, I have an extremely old and beat-up manual dating from 1944 that
includes, among other gems, a list of Luftwaffe colors. In this manual (and
whether it is authoritative I don't know) the color RLM *76* is not listed.
RLM 78 is given a the 'other' Hellblau. Now, subsequently I've seen references
to 76 and 78, both as "Hellblau".
I am, however, forced to wonder if 76 and 78 are not really one and the
same. In every case where I have seen both listed the two colors have
appeared to me to be so similar so as to be indistinguishable. Of course, 76
and 78 make for a very inviting "typo" mistake, so who knows...? This is
also to answer your question-- 'yes, by all means use 76 to simulate 78'.
The only reference I have ever seen in German, and from the period, of a
Color #76 (meaning??) [actually, it was "76th color": 76-ten Farbe] was as a
*Grey*-- grauviolet, to be precise. Not by name, though, but rather by
description. Uuugghhh.
I don't really know the answer to it all. I would say use either RLM 65
(H65) or RLM 78/76 (what's the #, Mick?).
Erik :^)

BTW, at this point I think I'd abandon the whole idea for anything more
stimulating than a mineral water! An Eku Heffeweissen or Ganter Pilz would
be greatly appreciated, however.... [mmmmmmm..]
"The Heavens were the grandstands, and only the Gods were spectators. The
stake was the World. The forfeit was the Player's place at the table; and
the Game had no recess. It was the most dangerous of all sports-- and the
most fascinating. It got in the blood like wine. It aged men 40 years in
40 days; it ruined nervous systems in an hour. It was a fast game-- the
average life of a pilot at the Front was 48 hours. And, to many, it
seemed an Age....
Elliot White Springs, WWI ace