Can anyone help me with the colors of the R-7 launchers, especially the Sputnik and Vostok. On some pictures they're clearly one color - presumably dark green. On the most widely available launch picture, the Vostok rocket is clearly two colors - dark green and white. A b&w pic of the Sputnik launch looks the same, with the same pattern of light and dark colors. This makes me think the white is not paint but just frost on the LOX tanks, especially that it corresponds to their location, best as I can tell. This page shows the same thing happenining to a Soyuz launcher - the "white" on the lower stages is clearly different than the white paint on the payload section: European Space Agency Assuming this is true, do you have any thoughts on how to color R-7 models? Do you think they should be colored as painted in the factory, or do they present themselves better with the white frosting?