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August Horvath
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New Font: Canadian Military Aircraft, 1920s

December 25, 2018 · in Aviation · · 6 · 2.3K
This article is part of a series:
  1. Esci 1/72 S.E.5a, and Some Thoughts on Small Biplane Models
  2. New Font: Canadian Military Aircraft, 1920s

In my prior post about my 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 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

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.

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6 responses

  1. Many thanks August. I'm a font freak and one can't have too many fonts. I am currently doing a B6N2 in with captured U.S. markings. I need to make my own aircraft "S 19" markings and the fonts I have a close but not quite.

    • That is a tough one. I can't find a good hi-res picture of S-19's tail, but from what I can see, it's not a standard font at all. They may have used one-off stencils for those captured birds. I'd probably just reproduce that marking in Photoshop as best I could.

  2. Thanks very much, August. That's an interesting subject that doesn't get mentioned often.

  3. Un trabajo muy interesante para los que modelamos aviones de la WW1.

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