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set 5005 USAF Vietnam War

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USAF Vietnam War

In the early 1960s, the United States Air Force (USAF) witnessed a transformative period in its tactical aircraft fleet, ushering in a new era in aerial warfare. The Tactical Air Command (TAC) played a pivotal role in shaping this evolution, introducing advanced and versatile aircraft that would become iconic symbols of American air power.

A notable innovation of this era was the introduction of the TAC Southeast Asia (SEA) camouflage scheme. This distinctive camouflage aimed to enhance the effectiveness of USAF aircraft operating in the diverse environments of Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The TAC SEA camouflage, characterized by its unique two greens and tan patterns, sought to provide better concealment for aircraft engaged in ground-attack missions over the lush jungles and varied landscapes of the region.

The application of the TAC SEA camouflage extended beyond its original theater, finding resonance in other regions where the United States supplied aircraft. Latin and South American countries, recipients of U.S. military aid and equipment, adopted the TAC SEA scheme on their aircraft. The visually striking camouflage not only added a distinct identity to these planes but also served the functional purpose of enhancing camouflage in the varying terrains of the Americas.

Other countries, including Greece, also embraced the TAC SEA camouflage for their U.S.-supplied aircraft. The adaptability of this scheme made it suitable for a range of environments, from the dense jungles of Southeast Asia to the diverse landscapes of Europe. Consequently, fighter aircraft operated by NATO allies often showcased the TAC SEA pattern, creating a visual continuity in the appearance of U.S.-supplied military assets across different theaters of operation.

The widespread adoption of the TAC SEA camouflage underscored its effectiveness and versatility, turning it into a symbol not only of American air power but also of international cooperation and shared military strategies. The legacy of the TAC SEA scheme extended far beyond its origins, leaving an indelible mark on the visual history of tactical aircraft operated by U.S. allies around the world.

USAF Vietnam War Set Use Guide:

  • This kit is a color solution for painting aircraft models camouflaged following the TAC SEA scheme.
  • The TAC SEA camouflage scheme was probably the longest-lived and most common in the U.S. Air Force, appearing in the early 1960s. It was seen until the late 1980s on some ANG aircraft.
  • The TAC scheme called for a 3-color camouflage upper surface consisting of Forest Green, Medium Green, and Dark Tan colors. The undersides of the aircraft were to be painted in Camouflage Gray or Black for night operating aircraft.
  • The TAC SEA camouflage scheme is not only suitable for painting USAF aircraft. US tactical aircraft delivered to other countries such as Brazil, Greece, etc. often retained their TAC SEA camouflage.

USAF Vietnam War Set Includes:

  • 597 FS 34079 Forest Green- The dark green camouflage color for the upper surfaces of the aircraft.
  • 598 FS 34102 Medium Green - The light green camouflage color for the upper surfaces of the aircraft.
  • 599 FS 30219 Dark Tan - The sand-tan camouflage color for the upper surfaces of the aircraft.
  • 596 FS 36622 Camouflage Gray - A very light yellowish-gray, almost off-white color of the lower surfaces of the aircraft.
  • 595 FS 17038 Black - An alternate color of the lower surfaces used by night operating aircraft. This color can also be used to paint the cockpits of US post-WWII aircraft. Radomes and radio transparent panels were painted in this color as well.
  • 527 ANA 611 Interior Green - This yellow-green color was widely used to paint aircraft interiors until the 1960s: landing gear wheel wells, bomb bays, etc.


This Set is Best for:

  • Cessna A-37 Dragonfly
  • Convair F-102 Delta Dagger
  • Douglas A-1 Skyraider
  • General Dynamics F-111
  • LTV A-7 Corsair II
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
  • McDonnell F-101 Voodoo
  • North American F-100 Super Sabre
  • Northrop F-5
  • Republic F-105 Thunderchief, etc.

Paint Type:

  • Acrylic A5005
  • Enamel E5005

Paint Finish:

  • Semi-gloss


  • 6 x 10 ml. (6 x 0.33oz)