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  • Member since
    February, 2019
Color suggestions
Posted by JonRM on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 10:43 AM

Hello all,

  New to the forum, so please excuse any breech of etiquette here. But I am looking for some advice or suggestions on a paint color.


I am looking to make a diorama of a flight line for an f-22 and 2 of the figures are in dress uniform for USAF. What my question is: What color, or color mix, would you suggest for the Air Force Blue of the uniform?

I primarily use Tamiya and Vallejo Air for my paints.






  • Member since
    November, 2018
Posted by oldermodelguy on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 5:50 PM

Welcome first off !

For one thing it depends on the era and the changes within an era. But I think you will have to mix your own. Many airforce dress blues were/are actually a gray/blue. It's probably easier to go with a gray/blue, then add blue or gray accordingly depending on desire. Vallejo has a gray/blue but I think it's Model Color vs Model Air. Tamiya has a blue that might be able to be toned down or use it to tone up a gray, it's X4.

If you got to a good Model Master acryl color chart you might find something there.

Maybe someone else better versed in uniform colors will reply while you ponder this much.

  • Member since
    August, 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Wednesday, February 06, 2019 6:06 PM

I would agree with the gray tint blue, at least from my era (early 70's).  Dress blues would have been somewhat out of place on the flightline, except for SLEB"s (self loading excess baggage) waiting to climb on a trash hauler.  Undress blues (light blue short seeve shirt, the dress blue slacks) or khakis would be seen more often, both with the fore and aft cap.

From memory  an insignia blue might be close or might have to tint around some.

  • Member since
    February, 2019
Posted by JonRM on Thursday, February 07, 2019 7:49 PM

I can honestly say that I never saw a dress uniform on the flight line either,  but the ground crew kit I got had a dress uniform in it.  

Figured I'd use it. 

Plus I have an idea as a gag gift for my son.  He's going into the AF at the end of the year and loves Halo. Figured I'd get a master chief figure and paint it up as a Cmsgt and give it to him as a graduation gift. 



  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Friday, February 08, 2019 9:44 AM

Normal cloth, like that used in dress uniforms, has very low saturation colors.  Using almost any blue from a jar will be too highly saturated.  After I get the color right for cloth, I usually add about 50% of same brightness in flat gray.


Don Stauffer in Minnesota

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  • From: Sunny So. Cal... The OC
Posted by stikpusher on Friday, February 08, 2019 10:04 AM

Tamiya Field Blue might be a good starting point. But aside from air shows, the only blue uniform item that I can imagine on the flight line is the overseas cap that is worn with flight suits.



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