S u m m a r y
||Eagle Files EF#5
"Stormbird Colors: Construction, Camouflage and Markings of the Me
By Brett Green and Benjamin Evans. Illustrated by Tom Tullis
||Soft cover; 8.5" x 11"
format; 88 pages plus covers
photos; good quality walkaround pictures; interesting research on
Me 262 colors; excellent profiles by Tom Tullis; helpful drawings
and diagrams throughout.
Floyd S. Werner Jr.
"Stormbird Colors" may be ordered from
"Stormbird Colors - Construction, Camouflage and Markings of the Me
262" is the latest release from Eagle Editions. Some time ago I
approached Brett about reviewing the book when it became available and
he graciously agreed. Somehow it just wouldn’t be right for the author
to review his own book, now would it?
"Stormbird Colors" is printed on 88 pages of high quality paper with a
number of previously unpublished photographs in black and white and in
color, plus beautiful cover art and ten profiles by renowned artist
Tom Tullis. The research is well founded, as can be expected from all
of Eagle Edition’s releases.
If there is one thing that is always sure to get people talking it is
late war Luftwaffe camouflage. Brett and Ben have done a wonderful job
of presenting the evolution of the camouflage of the Me-262. Their
conclusions are based on a combination of first hand observation and
the latest technology. The authors draw on numerous photographs and
documents to present these latest revelations. One of the more
interesting surprises is the use of a Dark Gray seam filling putty on
the Me 262, and not the expected Zinc color. This is supported by
color photos from the period. Also interesting is the RLM 74/75/76 mid
war scheme was worn longer than thought. The text and photos will shed
some very interesting light on the application of late war greens and
why they appear as they do. Hint - it has to do with the preshading!
The text briefly summarises the development of the Me-262 and Jumo 004
engines. The history of “Black X” and the pilot Hans-Robert Froehlich
are covered, as well as a short history of KG 51, the "Crop Damage
Geschwader", Me 262 operations. There are some interesting Parts
Manual diagrams that include the placement of the data plates.
Especially nice are the 1/48th scale drawings by Gunther Sengfelder.
Tom Tullis provides numerous paintings of RV bands and other markings
as well as the 10 color profiles. These are all up to his typical high
standard and depict some excellent modeling subjects. There are also
two photos as an Addendum to Brett’s last book, “Augsburg’s Last
The majority of the book covers the paint scheme of “Black X”, the Me
262 being stored in Australia at the Treloar Technology Centre. The
color photos are of high definition and explore all parts of this
airplane. There are some interesting points including the use of RLM
05 Cream on some components.
Bottom line, do I recommend this book?
Enthusiastically yes. It is well written and expertly illustrated.
It will be a valuable asset to anyone interested in late war German
camouflage and the Me-262. Many questions are answered by the
research. Brett and Ben are to be commended for an excellent offering.
I look forward to their next work.
The book should be available at the IPMS/USA Nationals in Virginia
Beach, as will the decals for some of Tom Tullis' aircraft profiles.
Thanks to Brett and Eagle Editions for the review
Augsburg's Last Eagles
is available direct
from Eagle Editions website or specialist bookstores
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