New Font: Canadian Military Aircraft, 1920s
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In my prior post about my Esci S.E.5a, I mentioned that I had to design a new font for the registration lettering. I previously designed a number of aircraft lettering fonts about 20 years ago, designed for World War II and postwar RAF and RCAF aircraft. The Aviaeology book “Early Canadian Military Aircraft” contained enough information to create a TrueType font of the lettering applied to Canadian military aircraft in the first few years of the Canadian air force at Camp Borden. The photo above shows an Avro 504K restored with a representation of this font. Both my old and new fonts can be accessed from http://www.aircraft-in-focus.com/fonts/.
You may notice that the Canadian air force font is related to a lettering style commonly used in several European countries in the 1920s and 1930s. The photos below show a few examples from different countries. There are differences, and I’m currently altering my Camp Borden font to account for those. In a few weeks I’ll be releasing a beta of a new font that should have wider applicability to interwar civil aircraft of various nations. Please feel free to download, use, and send me feedback.
3 additional images. Click to enlarge.