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OH-6A (main rotor colors

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OH-6A (main rotor colors
Posted by Michal J Swiniarski on Thursday, April 7, 2016 4:10 PM

Hello all,


I've been reading thru this forum for ages and as I'm starting my OH-6A project (1/48 AMP) I've got a quick question to the people in the know.

Did the Loaches from Cav 16 got the tips of main rotor painted yellow? I searched the internets, got Wayne Mutza's books and still cannot figure it out. Fireball decals sheet says they were yellow but I'm doubtfull...

What about other colors, eg hub etc?


thanks and best regards,


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Posted by Centaur567 on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:00 AM

    Hi Michael, The rotor hub was OD as were the tips. Some times white strips were painted on the upper blades for upper wisulation to orbiting aircraft. Gary

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Posted by Michal J Swiniarski on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 2:49 PM



thanks for your reponse. Great pics btw!




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Posted by hmills16 on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 11:15 AM

Some were, some weren't.  C/16 toward the end of the conflict got ships from numerous units.  My 17340 came from 7/1 Cav at Vinh Long when they stood down.  Most didn't


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Posted by Snake36Bravo on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 12:44 PM


Hi Michael, The rotor hub was OD as were the tips. Some times white strips were painted on the upper blades for upper wisulation to orbiting aircraft. Gary


As Hugh mentioned for his unit and the unit the OP was asking about, for the Outcasts, some did some didnt. To my eyes it looks more like white tips on Miss Clawd IV than yellow tips on 17340 in this image from Hugh Mills of 'Miss Clawd IV' in her revetment at Can Tho, 1972.

Later when 17340 was restored stateside after The 'Nam you can clearly see someone did add the concentric white bands to the blade tops for visibility from above but I dont think that was the case when it was in-country. Hugh can adjust fire on that I'm sure.

Here's an example of what Hugh was talking about when absorbing an asset from another unit complete with how they painted things. On this OH-6A that came from H Troop 17th CAV the Outcasts of C Troop 16th CAV simply painted over or left the previous owners markings. 17238 'Le Disiple du Paix'. Image is from Bob Hesselbein and shows Left to Right: Tim Brennan, Hugh Mills, Mike King C Troop 16th CAV Can Tho, RVN Spring 1972

And all thanks to Hugh for his input here. He also provided Joseph at Fireball Modelworks the input on that old no longer offered decal sheet the OP is referencing. Hugh was the CO. Though you probably were in the proverbials too I'm guessing. Im just eyeballing it even if I 'grew up Vietnam'

Hugh Mills 'Darkhorse 16' in his distinctive SPH-4 with WAR painted on the visor.



Si vis pacem, Para Bellum!


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