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MickE

Vietnam War air crew uniform colours

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Hi all

Ihave just bought some crew figures for a Vietnam  oh-6a Cayuse however, there were no instruction for what paint colours to use. Can anyone please give me a steer for what I should be painting them, particularly the nomex flight suits, chicken plate armour and the helmets?

Cheers

Mick

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The "Loach" scout-pilots used a very mixed bag of flight-attire and often painted their own personal designs/slogans on them. There was a well-known pilot called Hugh Mills (shot down a total of 16 times, including twice on one day!) who painted the word "WAR" in large red letters with a white outline on the front of his flight-helmet. IIRC, Dragon produced a 1/32 helicopter-crew set with a  Hugh Mills figure included. 

 

As for standard colours, olive drab or jungle-camo for trousers and shirts, OD or dark grey for chicken-plate covering, dark tan for webbing and survival-gear pouches, black or OD for helmets.  

 

Hope this helps. 

 

Chris. 

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Thanks Chris that is useful.

I was wondering if anyone has painted aircrew figures and was interested to know what brand/colour name/number they used.

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A good reference book is "Gunslingers In Action" by Squadron Signal. You can buy it cheaply today as its been around for many years. IIRC, all the photos of scout pilots in their flight-gear are in black-and-white, unfortunately, but it will still give you an idea of how to paint them. I can loan you my copy, if you don't mind bunging me a couple of quid for postage.

 

Chris.  

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Thanks for the offer Chris  but I already have a book on the aeroscouts and I was really after the paint colours,

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Shades of green. I seem to remember that Humbrol enamels 155 was suggested as a base colour with darker & lighter washes as uniforms faded and always red dust, lots of red dust.

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Ok thanks I have a couple of tins of 155. The weird thing is that they are completely different colours with one almost being s shade of brown!

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Yep, I think it’s an age thing. Different periods of production I believe.

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On ‎6‎/‎20‎/‎2020 at 8:20 AM, MickE said:

Thanks for the offer Chris  but I already have a book on the aeroscouts and I was really after the paint colours,

No problem at all, sir!

 

Chris. 

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