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Colour matching for British military aircraft.

Today it is sometimes possible to match the hue of a historical colour standard or the hue found on an artefact by using a photospectrometer to give both a very precise and accurate measurement of the colour. More frequently however, it is necessary to use the original method of colour matching by using the Mk 1 eyeball, the tool that has been most widely used over the last century or so with regard to the colour schemes of British military aircraft.

This practice is illustrated by the two documents cited here. The first is British Engineering Standards Association British Standard Specification for Aircraft Material 2. D103 entitled ‘Air Ministry Nitro Dope Coverings and Identification Colours’ of March 1922, which can probably be taken as being typical of the attitude to colour matching taken by the authorities during the First World War and the between the wars period. The second is Air Publication 2656A entitled ‘Internal and External Finish of Aircraft’ Volume 1 Section 6 Chapter 3 ‘Colour Standards for Top-Coat Materials’, which was issued as part of Amendment List No.29 in September 1947, and which can probably be taken as being typical of the method by which the colour matching was carried out during the Second World War and Post War period until at least the 1960’s if not later.

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