IL-2 Sturmovik

Last modified on 2021.04.15.

First of all many thanks for all the graphic artists for creating so many awesome templates! I were unable to create my skins without them.

I thook those templates completely apart, removed things, created a lot of new stuff, then I assembled the whole texture again together. I work in Clip Studio Paint not in Photoshop therefore some technical changes were necessary too.
First I tried to convert DDS files with the official NVIDIA tool, but I found texture quality made with Paint.net (BC3, Linear, DXT5) better.

I added squadron insignias (like the famous Puma) and the aircraft type instead of serial number just because I like this small details on the skin. I did not use real side numbers and markings on the planes. They are based on historical examples but I did not want to reproduce a singlw plane rather more general skins for aquadrons. 

I like to fly with Il-2 Sturmovik simulator, my grandfather was radio operatow on Me 210 Ca-1 in WW2 (the dogfight depicted in the header is a true story), and I'm an experienced game developer and graphic artist, I decided to create my own RHAF (MKHL) skins.
I started with Bf 109 G-6 (G-6's were produced in Hungary too) and Fw 190 F-8 skins. I consulted with my friend Csaba B. Stenge, who is a military historian and has some great books published about the Royal Hungarian Air Forces. I made more historical illustrations and profile drawings for his books before too, so I used these great archive materials again.


Messerschmitt - Bf 109 Variants

RHAF used Bf 109 D-1, E-4, F-4 ,G-2, G-4, G-6, G-10, G-14
skins for different variants in the game were created on similar historical paint schemes

I used the famous "Puma" (Cougar) insignia on all of the Bf 109 models.

Bf 109 E-7 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Fictional skins, RHAF did not use this this model.

Bf 109 E-7 - MKHL Default - based on RHAF Bf 109 F paint schemes

Bf 109 E-7 - MKHL Altered - based on RHAF Bf 109 F paint schemes

Bf 109 E-7 - MKHL Winter - based on RHAF Bf 109 F paint schemes

Bf 109 E-7 - MKHL Experimental - based on RHAF Bf 109 F paint schemes


Bf 109 F-2 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Bf 109 F-2 - MKHL Default

Bf 109 F-2 - MKHL Altered

Bf 109 F-2 - MKHL Early

Bf 109 F-2 - MKHL Early Altered

Bf 109 F-2 - MKHL Winter

Bf 109 F-2 - MKHL Experimental


Bf 109 F-4 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Bf 109 F-4 - MKHL Default

Bf 109 F-4 - MKHL Altered

Bf 109 F-4 - MKHL Field Modification

Bf 109 F-4 - MKHL Winter

Bf 109 F-4 - MKHL Experimental


Bf 109 G-2 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Bf 109 G-2 - MKHL Default

Bf 109 G-2 - MKHL Altered

Bf 109 G-2 - MKHL Field

Bf 109 G-2 - MKHL Winter

Just for fun: Bf 109 G-2 - Airbus


Bf 109 G-4 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Bf 109 G-4 - MKHL Default

Bf 109 G-4 - MKHL Altered

Bf 109 G-4 - MKHL Field

Bf 109 G-4 - MKHL Winter


Bf 109 G-6 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Bf 109 G-6 - MKHL Default

Bf 109 G-6 - MKHL Altered

Bf 109 G-6 - MKHL Low Visibility (Late)

Bf 109 G-6 - MKHL Grey Cross

Bf 109 G-6 - MKHL Green Overpaint

Bf 109 G-6 - MKHL Winter 

Bf 109 G-6 - MKHL Winter Altered

Unique skins

Bf 109 G-6 - MKHL V848 - László Molnár 


Bf 109 G-6 Late Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Bf 109 G-6 Late - MKHL Default

Bf 109 G-6 Late - MKHL Altered

Bf 109 G-6 Late - MKHL Low Visibility

Bf 109 G-6 Late - MKHL Winter

Bf 109 G-6 Late - MKHL Winter Altered


Bf 109 G-14 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Bf 109 G-14 - MKHL Default

Bf 109 G-14 - MKHL Altered

Bf 109 G-14 - MKHL Low Visibility

Bf 109 G-14 - MKHL Diana Camo

Bf 109 G-14 - MKHL Winter

Bf 109 G-14 - MKHL Winter Altered


Bf 109 K-4 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Fictional skins, RHAF did not use this this model.

Bf 109 K-4 - MKHL Default - based on RHAF Bf 109 G paint schemes

Bf 109 K-4 - MKHL Altered - based on Luftwaffe Bf 109 K-4 paint schemes

Bf 109 K-4 - MKHL Low Visibility - based on RHAF Bf 110 night fighter paint scheme

Bf 109 K-4 - MKHL Winter - based on RHAF Bf 109 G paint schemes


Messerschmitt - Bf 110 Variants

RHAF used Bf 110 E-4, G-2, G-4
skins for different variants in the game were created on similar historical paint schemes

I used the "Bagoly" (Owl) insignia on all of the Bf 110 models. The original was used on night fighters.

Bf 110 E-2 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Fictional skins, RHAF did not use this this model.

Bf 110 E-2 - MKHL Default - based on RHAF Bf 110 G paint schemes

Bf 110 E-2 - MKHL Altered - based on RHAF Bf 110 G paint schemes

Bf 110 E-2 - MKHL Winter - based on RHAF Bf 110 G paint schemes


Bf 110 G-2 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Bf 110 G-2 - MKHL Default

Bf 110 G-2 - MKHL Altered

Bf 110 G-2 - MKHL Grey Cross

Bf 110 G-2 - MKHL Low Visibility

Bf 110 G-2 - MKHL Winter

Bf 110 G-2 - MKHL Winter Altered

Bf 110 G-2 - MKHL Night Fighter


Focke Wulf - Fw 190 Variants

RHAF used the Fw 190 F-8 models
skins for different variants in the game were created on similar historical paint schemes

I used the "Puli" (Puli is a hungarian dog breed) insignia on all of the Fw 190 models.

Fw 190 A-3 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Fictional skins, RHAF did not use this this model.

Fw 190 A-3 - MKHL Default - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 A-3 - MKHL Altered - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 A-3 - MKHL Green Overpaint - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 A-3 - MKHL Winter - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 A-3 - MKHL Winter Altered - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes


Fw 190 A-5 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Fictional skins, RHAF did not use this this model.

Fw 190 A-5 - MKHL Default - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 A-5 - MKHL Altered - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 A-5 - MKHL Green Overpaint - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 A-5 - MKHL Winter - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 A-5 - MKHL Winter Altered - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes


Fw 190 F-8 (A-8) Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

The "Puli" insignia was not actually painted on the planes, it is there just because it's cute.

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Default

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Altered

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Grey Cross

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Green Overpaint

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Field (German markings)

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Low Visibility (Late)

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Winter

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Winter Altered (Late)

Fw 190 A-8 - MKHL Winter Field (German markings)

Unique skins

Fw 190 F-8 - MKHL W.554 - Lajos Vargha


Fw 190 D-9 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)


Fictional skins, RHAF did not use this this model.

Fw 190 D-9 MKHL - based on RHAF Fw 190 F-8 paint schemes

Fw 190 D-9 MKHL Altered - based on Luftwaffe Fw 190 D-9 paint schemes

Fw 190 D-9 MKHL Low Visibility - based on RHAF BF 110 night fighter paint scheme


Heinkel - He 111 Variants

RHAF used He 111 H-2, H-6
skins for different variants in the game were created on similar historical paint schemes

I used the "Mérföldes csizma" (Mile boots) insignia on all of the He 111 models. The original was used by a long-range recon squadron.

He 111 H-6 / H-16 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

He 111 H-6

He 111 H-6 - MKHL Early

He 111 H-6 - MKHL Early Altered

He 111 H-6 - MKHL Default

He 111 H-6 - MKHL Altered

He 111 H-6 - MKHL Winter

He 111 H-6 - MKHL Winter Altered

He 111 H-16

He 111 H-16 - MKHL Early

He 111 H-16 - MKHL Early Altered

He 111 H-16 - MKHL Default

He 111 H-6 - MKHL Altered

He 111 H-16 - Winter

He 111 H-16 - Winter Altered


Henschel - Hs 129 Variants

Hs 129 B-2 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

RHAF made flight tests with Hs 129 but did not entered service
skins for this model were created on similar historical paint schemes

Fictional skins, RHAF did not use this this model.

Hs 129 B-2 MKHL Default

Hs 129 B-2 MKHL Winter


Junkers - Ju 52 Variants

RHAF used more Ju 52/3m variants in civilian and military traffic
skins for different variants in the game were created on similar historical paint schemes

Ju 52/3m g4e Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Ju 52/3m g4e MKHL Default 

Ju 52/3m g4e MKHL Winter

Ju 52/3m g4e MKHL Early

Ju 52/3m g4e MKHL HA-DUR (used by Miklós Horthy de Nagybányai Hungarian admiral and statesman) 


Junkers - Ju 87 Variants

RHAF used Ju 87 A, B-2, D-1, D-3, D-5
skins for different variants in the game were created on similar historical paint schemes

I used the "Pávián" (Baboon) insignia on all of the Ju 87 skins.

Ju 87 D-3 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Ju 87 D-3 MKHL Early

Ju 87 D-3 MKHL Early Altered

Ju 87 D-3 MKHL Default

Ju 87 D-3 MKHL Altered

Ju 87 D-3 MKHL Winter

Ju 87 D-3 MKHL Winter Altered


Junkers - Ju 88 Variants

RHAF used Ju 88 A-4, A-5, A-14, C-6
skins for different variants in the game were created on similar historical paint schemes

I used the "Boszorkány" (Witch) insignia on all of the Ju 88 models. The original was used by a long-range recon squadron.

Ju 88 A-4 Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Historical skins, based on real RHAF planes.

Ju 88 A-4 MKHL Default

Ju 88 A-4 MKHL Altered

Ju 88 A-4 MKHL Winter

Ju 88 A-4 MKHL Winter Altered


Messerschmitt - Me 262 Variants

Me 262 A Magyar Királyi Honvéd Légierők (MKHL) / Royal Hungarian Air Forces (RHAF)

Fictional skins, RHAF did not use this this model.

Me 262 A - MKHL Default - based on Luftwaffe Me 262 paint schemes

Me 262 A - MKHL Altered - based on Luftwaffe Me 262 paint schemes

Me 262 A - MKHL Green Overpaint - based on Luftwaffe Me 262 paint schemes

Me 262 A - MKHL Low Visibility - based on RHAF BF 110 night fighter paint scheme


About my skinning method

I work in a different way than I have experioenced in the templates.First I create a "naked" plane with raw surfaces, then I paint on it (different layers of course), then I can delete back the paint. I much more attention to the alpha channel while weathering. I think reflection is much more important than the colors itself to look realistic. I found a high variety of RLM colors, therefore I created a reference chart for myself.

the colors I use


And some of my paintings for screen background: