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RNZAF Historial
Roundels for RNZAF aircraft.
By Nathan Bosher, RNZAF Museum, Christchurch
Mar 11, 2009, 10:26

Ventura RNZAF Roundel decals are available here.

Roundels for RNZAF aircraft. The following is a list of correct sizes:
All our aircraft measurements are done in inches as they are all built in imperial measures (altogether more accurate for aircraft engineering), the exception being the Aermacchi ( it being an Italian built airframe it was painted with metric measurements ) NO METRIC MEASUREMENTS ANYWHERE ELSE!

Present day sizes, circa 2009

Three Colour Red, White, Blue Hi-viz roundels

................................. Fuselage ............. Wings

Bell 47 Sioux ............. 13 1/8" ............. n/a
Beech King Air 200 .... 13 1/8" ............. 18"
CT4B/E ......................... 18" ................ 18"
Boeing 757 ................... 48" ................ 54"
Aermacchi ................. 350mm .......... 350mm

Lo-visibility (monotone) roundels

........................................ Fuselage ............ Wings ........ Colour
UH-1H Iroquois ................ 13 1/8" .............. n/a ........... Black
C-130H Hercules ................. 36" ................. 36" .......... Black
P-3K Orion .......................... 36" .................. 36" .......... Grey
Kaman Seasprite .................. 18"* ................ n/a ........... Grey

* Originally 24” on the ‘F’ models prior to the arrival of the ‘New” ‘G’


Old fleet Red, White, Blue Hi-Viz roundels

........................................ Fuselage ............ Wings
Boeing 727 ......................... 48" ................. 54"
Westland Wasp ................... 18" ................. n/a
P-3K Orion ......................... 54” ................. 54”
BAC Strikemaster ................ 18” ................. 18”
A-4K Skyhawk .................... 18” ................. 18”

C-130H Grey/White
or Silver/white scheme ....... 54” ................. 54”
Andover ............................. 36” ................. 36”
UH-1H Iroquois ................. 18” ................. n/a


Old fleet Camouflaged scheme Lo-Viz Blue/Red Roundels

These were created by deleting the Blue band from the roundel and making the white portion ‘blue’, i.e.: to get a lo-viz 24” roundel you used a 36” kiwi template on a 24” circle.
.......................................... Fuselage .................... Wings
C-130H Hercules .............. 36” (54” kiwi) ......... 48” (72” kiwi)
Andover ............................ 24” (36” kiwi) .......... 24” (36” kiwi)
A-4K Skyhawk .................. 12” (18” kiwi) .......... 12” (18” kiwi)
UH-1H Iroquois ................. 8 3/4” (12”kiwi was used as a best fit without having to make a new stencil).


'Older' aircraft that wore the kiwi roundel before retirement.

................................. Fuselage ............... Wings ........................ Colour
C-47 Dakota ............... 36" ..................... 54” ........................... Dulux Bright blue
Devon ......................... 30" ..................... 36" ........................... Dulux Bright blue
Vampire ...................... 18" ............ 18"Lower 36” Upper ............ Dulux Bright blue
Bristol Freighter ........... 24" ..................... 24” ........................... Royal Blue FS35044
Harvard ....................... 30” ..................... 36” ........................... Dulux Zenith blue

There is no Fed Standard colour match for the Zenith or bright blues but they tended to vary a lot anyhow.


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