Aircraft Color Schemes, U.S. Marine Corps

 

 

Introduction

The US Marine Corps has used US Navy camouflage schemes throughout most of its existance. The exception has been the AV-8 Harrier, an aircraft that has been unique to the USMC and which has had a considerable number of schemes throughout its nearly 40 year service life. Aside from that, the USMC has used numerous unique schemes for its helicopters. All USMC schemes that are common to the USN are described in the USN page (link).

In the post-war era, the he USMC has used the Federal Standard system, formally known as FED-STD-595 and introduced on March 1st, 1956. Each color the palette is identified by a five-digit code. The first digit refers to the sheen of the paint, these being gloss (1), semi-gloss (2), and matt (3). The second digit refers to the color, these being brown (1), red (2), yellow (3), green (4), blue (5), gray (6), all others including whites, blacks, and metallics (7), and flourescents (8). The last three digits are unique for each color and typically go from darker to lighter. The inital palette included 358 colors though strangely enough, some colors only officially exist in one or two out of the three sheens.

The Federal Standard system has gone through numerous revisions, starting with FED-STD-595A in January 1968 (437 colors), FED-STD-595B in January 1994 (611 colors), and FED-STD-595C in January 2008 (650 colors). On February 17th, 2017, the Federal Standard system was replaced by the Aerospace Material Specification Standard 595, or AMS-STD-595. It is largely equivalent to the Federal Standard system and most existing colors have been carried over with identical numbers. Given the availablilty of color chips and digital matches with RGB and Hex values, FS and AMS colors can be considered highly accurate though the digital samples below should be taken only as general reference and can vary considerably even with small changes to monitor settings.

 

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Harrier - Early scheme (1970s)

The USMC was the first country to adopt the British-developed Harrier S/VTOL aircraft where it was known as the AV-8A. The AV-8A was virtually identical to the RAF's Harrier GR.1 and used a very similar camouflage pattern as that of its RAF counterpart, albeit with close approximations of the RAF's standard tactical scheme, in this case an upper camouflage pattern of Medium Gunship Gray FS 36118 and Forest Green FS 34079, over undersides of Light Gull Gray FS 36440. The camouflage pattern itself was virtually identical to the RAF pattern as well and would largely remain the same in the schemes that followed. It was common for both USMC and RAF Harriers to wear a temporary, washable white camo over the green. This color did not directly correspond to an FS number.

Paint guide: All of these paints are adequately represented and should not present a problem.

 

  FS 36440 FS 34079 FS 36118
Light Gull Gray Forest Green Medium Gunship Gray
     
Schemes
Basic Lower Upper Camo Upper Camo
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous H325 H309 H305
Gunze Mr Color C325 C309 C305
Humbrol 129 116 125
Model Master 1730 1710 1723
Revell - - 174
Tamiya (X-20) - (XF-24)
Vallejo Model Air 71.121* 71.294 71.097*
Vallejo Model Color 70.986* 70.893 70.868*
AK Interactive AK-2051 AK 2101 AK-2144
AK Real Color RC-220 RC-027 RC-244
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-241 A.MIG-206* A.MIG-204
Hataka HTK-048* HTK-016 HTK-031
Lifecolor UA 025 UA 001 UA 022
Mission Models MMP-063 MMP-058 MMP-084
Mr Paint MRP-98 MRP-101 MRP-40
Xtracolor X137 X110 X130
Xtracrylix XA1137 XA1110 XA1130

 

Photos:

A pair of AV-8As in their initial camouflage that was a close approximation of their RAF colors.

 

Harrier - Land Camouflage Scheme (1980s)

In the 1980s, AV-8A/Cs switched to a new so-called Land Camouflage Scheme that retained the similar three-tone pattern as before but switched to slightly darker upper camo paints, these being Extra Dark Green FS 34064 and Dark Blue Grey FS 36099. Light Gull Gray FS 36440 was retained as the lower fuselage color. Following the introduction of the AV-8B in the mid-1980s resulted in a slight variation of the scheme, with the removal of FS 36440 thus becoming a two-tone wrap camouflage although very early AV-8Bs still retained the three-tone. This scheme lasted throughout the 1980s and was somewhat analogous to the Euro I scheme used by the USAF at the time.

Paint guide: Both FS 34064 and FS 36099 are not well represented given that they were not used in any other major camo scheme by any US service. Hataka has a Harrier set that includes all US Harrier colors. As a last resort, FS 36099 is very similar to RLM 74 as well as BS638 Dark Sea Gray while FS 34064 can be a darkened FS 34079 used in the previous scheme, also close to a black gray like RAL 6007 or RAL 7043. It is also referred to as 'Israeli Green' by numerous manufacturers.

 

  FS 36440 FS 34064 FS 36099
Light Gull Gray Extra Dark Green Dark Blue Grey
     
Schemes
LCS Early Lower Upper Camo Upper Camo
LCS Late   Wrap Camo Wrap Camo
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous H325 - (H75)
Gunze Mr Color C325 - (H25)
Humbrol 129 - -
Model Master 1730 - -
Revell - - -
Tamiya (X-20) - -
Vallejo Model Air 71.121* 71.019* 71.110*
Vallejo Model Color 70.986* 70.979* 70.867*
AK Interactive AK-2051 - -
AK Real Color RC-220 - -
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-241 - -
Hataka HTK-048* HTK-232 HTK-235
Lifecolor UA 025 UA 119 -
Mission Models MMP-063 - -
Mr Paint MRP-98 - -
Xtracolor X137 - -
Xtracrylix XA1137 - -

 

Photos:

This early AV-8B retains the Light Gull Gray undersides, but this was soon replaced by a two-tone wrap around.
An AV-8B in what would be the most common representation of the Land Camo Scheme in the 1980s.
This AV-8A is painted with the washable white camouflage that was frequently used by both USMC and RAF Harriers for arctic training.

Harrier - Gulf War schemes (1991)

USMC Harriers featured an improvised two-tone scheme that was improvised by units in theater. It has frequently been matched to Light Gray FS 36495 and Gray Blue FS 35237 but varied between aircraft and between squadrons; in some case the light gray was very light, almost approximating an off white, whereas in some cases it appeared closer to Light Ghost Gray FS 36320 or Dark Ghost Gray FS 36320. Likewise, the Gray Blue sometimes looked ike a light blue, similar to FS 35190 or FS 35193, but in other squadrons it was darker and closer to Intermediate Blue FS 35164 or possibly even Medium Gunship Gray 36118. In any case, neither color is an official match to an FS color.

Paint guide: The best suggestion is to find the exact aircraft being replicated and try to match the colors of that squadron (see links). VMA-231 had the lightest and brightest aircraft which matches the colors in the chart best, with other squadrons having darker grays and blues; VMA-311 is said to have colors approximating FS 36320/36118. FS 35190 is available in a few ranges given that it is used in some USN Aggressor schemes.

 

  FS 36495 (!) FS 35190 (!)
Light Gray Blue
   
Schemes
Desert Storm Wrap Camo Wrap Camo
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous H338 -
Gunze Mr Color C338 -
Humbrol 147 -
Model Master 1732 -
Revell - -
Tamiya - -
Vallejo Model Air 71.276 -
Vallejo Model Color - 70.901
AK Interactive - -
AK Real Color RC-253 RC-236
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-209 -
Hataka HTK-050 -
Lifecolor UA 023 -
Mission Models MMP-116 -
Mr Paint MRP-364 MRP-239
Xtracolor X139 X160
Xtracrylix XA1139 -

 

Links:

 

Photos:

This aircraft from VMA-231 shows the more well known lighter colors that approximate FS 36495 / FS 35190.
This aircraft from VMA-331 had darker colors, the blue being closer to FS 36118. In reality none of these colors had direct FS matches.

 

Harrier Tactical Paint Scheme (1992-2000s)

Shortly after the Gulf War ended, the USMC, like all other services, switched to all-gray schemes. For the Harrier, this resulted in the three-tone Harrier Tactical Paint Scheme (HTPS) that would become the best known throughout the 1990s and until the 2010s. This new schame shared some resemblance to the Hill Gray scheme introduced in the F-16. The topside color was Medium Gunship Gray FS 36118 and would cover most of the wings, curving around the edges, as well as the upper fuselage from behind the canopy up until the fin. Sides were painted Dark Gull Gray FS 36231, while the undersides were painted Dark Ghost Gray FS 36320. Perhaps as a result of operating over water, FS 36118 tended to fade more on Harriers than on F-16s and also tended to lose its blueish tint. Likewise, the other two colors were often difficult to destinguish.

Paint guide: No difficulties here, I have often criticized Gunze H305 as being too light and lacking the blue tint of FS 36118 but for a faded Harrier, it might actually be better than the closer matches of other ranges.

  FS 36320 FS 36231 FS 36118
Dark Ghost Gray Dark Gull Gray Medium Gunship Gray
     
Schemes      
HTPS Lower Sides Upper
Color matches      
Gunze Aqueous (H316) H56 H54
Gunze Mr Color (C316) C366 C14
Humbrol (22) 144 (181)
Model Master (1745) 1720* 1718
Revell (301) - -
Tamiya (X-2) XF-18 XF-17 (!)
Vallejo Model Air 71.279* 71.299* 71.295
Vallejo Model Color (70.820) 70.903* 70.898
AK Interactive (AK-2052) AK-2054 AK-2233
AK Real Color (RC-222) RC-235 RC-257
AMMO by Mig (A.MIG-047) A.MIG-228 (A.MIG-227)
Hataka HTK-043* HTK-027 (HTK-006)
Lifecolor (LC 51) UA 045 UA 044
Mission Models (MMP-104) MMP-071 MMP-062
Mr Paint MRP-135 MRP-136 MRP-237
Xtracolor (X141) X125* (X121)
Xtracrylix (XA1141) XA1125* (XA1121)

 

Photos:

The HTPS scheme was somewhat similar to the Hill Gray scheme used on F-16s although with slightly different side and underside colors.
The three colors can be nicely distinguished on this AV-8B, which is not always the case. This aircraft also carries darker markings than the norm, which was not uncommon.
A nice shot of three AV-8Bs, two of which retain the HTPS scheme while the middle one has been repainted in the more modern dark scheme (see below).

 

Dark Harrier scheme (2000s)

In the 21st century, the USMC's fleet of AV-8Bs gradually switched to a two-tone 'Dark Harrier' scheme that consisted of Medium Gunship Gray FS 36118 covering the upper fuselage and sides over Gray Blue FS 35237. This scheme was pioneered on radar-equipped Harrier Plus aircraft, non-radar aircraft still retaining the earlier HTPS three-tone although gradually the latter have also been painted in this scheme.

Paint guide: Both colors are well represented. On Dark Harriers, FS 36118 seems to look stronger than in the earlier HTPS scheme.

  FS 35237 FS 36118
Gray Blue Medium Gunship Gray
   
Schemes
Desert Storm Wrap Camo Wrap Camo
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous H338 H305
Gunze Mr Color C338 C305
Humbrol 147 125
Model Master 1732 1723
Revell - 174
Tamiya - (XF-24)
Vallejo Model Air 71.276 71.097*
Vallejo Model Color - 70.868*
AK Interactive - AK-2144
AK Real Color RC-253 RC-244
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-209 A.MIG-204
Hataka HTK-050 HTK-031
Lifecolor UA 023 UA 022
Mission Models MMP-116 MMP-084
Mr Paint MRP-364 MRP-40
Xtracolor X139 X130
Xtracrylix XA1139 XA1130

 

Photos:

A great shot of the attractive and menacing 'dark Harrier' scheme that is now standard on all remaining USMC AV-8Bs.
Radomes varied, being painted either in the top or lower fuselage colors.

 

Helicopters - Post-war / Korean War (1947-1955)

Like almost all USN aircraft, USMC helicopters used Glossy Sea Blue ANA 623 throughout the immediate post-war era but around 1947/48 the exact shade of GSB was altered, resulting a brighter blue tone that did not fade away as easy as its wartime counterpart. This new tone does not match FS 15042, or any other Federal Standard color for that matter, and was much closer to the insignia blue of the roundels though not identical.

Paint guide: Most modelling paints attempt to match FS 15042 which would be accurate for a wartime shade but not for the postwar version. No paint company currently makes a postwar-specific ANA 623. Gunze Mr Color C365 (which is unfortunately only available in a box set) comes close despite billing itself as the wartime shade. Mr Paint's version of GSB as well as Xtracolor/Xtracrylix 121 appears closer to the post-war version as well.

 

  ANA 623 (2)
Glossy Sea Blue
 
Schemes
Basic Overall
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous (H54)
Gunze Mr Color C365
Humbrol 181
Model Master 1717
Revell -
Tamiya (XF-17)
Vallejo Model Air 71.300
Vallejo Model Color (70.898)
AK Interactive AK-2234
AK Real Color RC-258
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-227
Hataka (HTK-006)
Lifecolor UA 047
Mission Models MMP-065
Mr Paint MRP-14
Xtracolor X121
Xtracrylix XA1121

 

Photos:

There are surprisingly few color photos of Marine helicopters during the Korean War, but this H-19 Chickasaw clearly shows the Glossy Sea Blue.
A fleet of HO3S-1 helicopters around Incheon in 1951 show the nice glossy sheen of post-war ANA 623.

 

Helicopters - Cold War / Vietnam War (1950s-1985)

The USMC switched to a gloss Field Green FS 14097 overall color around 1957 and was used throughout the entirety of the Vietnam War. This color is so strongly associated with the USMC that it is often called 'USMC Field Green' or simply 'USMC Green'. In combat conditions, the color tended to lose its gloss sheen quite quickly. Later in the 1970s, a matt Medium Field Green FS 34095 was introduced which was very similar to the previous color, being only slightly darker. This color would be more closely associated with the Land Camouflage Scheme below but was used for a few years before as an overall color, often with lo-viz markings that became the norm by the 1980s. Some Vietnam War era helicopters also had certain sections of the aircraft like the nose or parts of the tail painted Black FS 17038. Many helicopters also carried Insignia Yellow FS 13538 tail bands or other insignia and markings. Note that there is considerable confusion over whether the correct USMC Vietnam color is FS 14097 or FS 34095 but almost all authoritative sources suggest FS 14097, with some helicopters appearing in FS 34095 only towards the very end of the conflict. It is also the case that some Vietnam War helicopters originally intended for Army use that were diverted to the USMC remained in Olive Drab FS 34087 which was the default Army helicopter color during the period.

Paint guide: Field Green is well represented by most major paint ranges, but Medium Field Green less so. It has often been matched to RAL 6003 and also compared to RLM 82 which is a close enough substitute of last resort.

 

  FS 14097 FS 34095 FS 13538 FS 17038
Field Green Medium Field Green Insignia Yellow Black
       
Schemes        
Vietnam Overall   (ID bands) (Nose / Tail)
Post-Vietnam   Overall (ID bands) (Nose / Tail)
Color matches        
Gunze Aqueous H340 - H309 H2
Gunze Mr Color C340 - C309 C2
Humbrol 105 - 116 21
Model Master 1712 1786 1710 1747
Revell - - - 07
Tamiya - - - X-1
Vallejo Model Air 71.093 71.022* 71.294 71.057
Vallejo Model Color - 70.823* 70.893 70.861
AK Interactive - - AK 2101 (AK-719)
AK Real Color RC-231 RC-209* RC-027 (RC-001)
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-206* - A.MIG-206* A.MIG-032
Hataka - HTK-059* HTK-016 HTK-041
Lifecolor - - UA 001 (LC 01)
Mission Models MMP-029* - MMP-058 (MMP-047)
Mr Paint MRP-236* MRP-369 MRP-101 (MRP-5)
Xtracolor X115 - X110 (X012)
Xtracrylix - - XA1110 (XA1012)

Links:

 

Photos:

This UH-1E Huey at Chu Lai base in Vietnam is painted in the classic USMC Field Green color (FS 14097) used throughout the war.
A Huey flies alongside the then-recently introduced AH-1J SeaCobra. The Huey is still likely painted in FS 14097 while the SeaCobra appears to feature the newer (and darker) FS 34095.
This CH-46 Sea Knight during the 1982 Invasion of Grenada shows the later FS 34095 with lo-viz markings that were now the norm on most USMC helicopters.

 

Helicopters - Land Camouflage Scheme (1985-1993)

In the mid-1980s, the USMC helicopter fleet switched to an attractive but short-lived three-tone known as the Land Camouflage Scheme. This fit into the pattern of multi-tone green/gray schemes that were being used by the USAF at the time and which made sense given that USMC helicopters would likely operate over land rather than over sea. The LCS consisted of an irrecular wrap-around pattern of Gray Blue FS 35237 with Medium Field Green FS 34095 and matt Black FS 37038. Occassionally the black was kept to a minimum, and was usually the least preponderant of the three colors. This scheme was still applied during the 1991 Gulf War although it was not uncommon for USMC helicopters to adopt alternative schemes that were typically applied in theater (see below).

Paint Guide: All three colors are well represented except FS 34095, see the comments in the above section.

 

  FS 35237 FS 34095 FS 37038
Gray Blue Medium Field Green Black
     
Schemes
LCS Wrap Camo Wrap Camo Wrap Camo
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous H337 - H12
Gunze Mr Color C337 - C33
Humbrol 145 - 33
Model Master 1721 1786 1749
Revell - - 08
Tamiya - - XF-1
Vallejo Model Air 71.114 71.022* 71.057
Vallejo Model Color 70.905 70.823* 70.950
AK Interactive AK-2056 - AK-735
AK Real Color RC-237 RC-209* RC-001
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-210** - A.MIG-046
Hataka HTK-046 HTK-059* HTK-041
Lifecolor UA 145** - LC 02
Mission Models MMP-072 - MMP-047
Mr Paint MRP-105 MRP-369 MRP-171
Xtracolor X126 - (X012)
Xtracrylix XA1126 - (XA1012)

 

Photos:

This AH-1W Super Cobra wears the LCS as it takes off from an amphibious assault ship.
The venerable Huey wore the LCS for their participation in the 1991 Gulf War.

 

Helicopters - Gulf War schemes (1991)

As with Harriers, the USMC experimented considerably with camouflage colors and patterns during the Gulf War and different units tended to have different schemes, often mixed and applied in theater. On a basic level, all USMC helicopters were still officially bound to the Land Camouflage Scheme and those that did not apply an in theater scheme simply retained this three-tone (described above). However, various other schemes appeared during the conflict, the most widespread which are described below.

Paint guide: USMC Sand is unfortunately, not well represented well at all, with only AK Real Color, Hataka, and Lifecolor having it in their ranges. Given the ad hoc nature of Gulf War paint jobs, however, the modeller can be forgiven for using any remotely similar Sand Yellow or Desert Yellow, possibly from an AFV paint. The other desert colors are easier to find, with FS 30279 being the Federal Standard match to the wartime No. 26/49 or ANA 616 Sand although it must be emphasized that they were not identical, though most paints that match both FS and wartime colors are probably based on the FS color. FS 30219 is also widely available, being part of the USAF SEA scheme. FS 30117 is another wartime relic, equivalent to the No. 8 Earth Red used on US Army vehicles and also believed to be a close match to Russian 6K. It is also a NATO MERC color and used on various USAF/USN aggressor schemes too. It is highly recommended to look at the links below, particularly dstorm.eu which has photos of a huge number of aircraft and helicopters during the Gulf War.

 

  FS 33711 FS 30279 FS 30219 FS 30117 FS 35237
USMC Sand Desert Sand Dark Tan Earth Red Gray Blue
         
Schemes
Overall Sand Overall        
Two-tone Desert Wrap Camo (Wrap Camo) (Wrap Camo) (Wrap Camo)  
Two-tone Sand/Gray Wrap Camo       Wrap Camo
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous - - H310 - H337
Gunze Mr Color - - C310 - C337
Humbrol - (250) 118 186 145
Model Master - 2053* 1742 1701 1721
Revell - - - - -
Tamiya - - - (XF-52) -
Vallejo Model Air - 71.140* 71.125 17.293 71.114
Vallejo Model Color - - 70.874* - 70.905
AK Interactive - AK-2111 AK-2103 - AK-2056
AK Real Color RC-228 RC-032 RC-225 RC-031 RC-237
AMMO by Mig - - A.MIG-202 - A.MIG-210**
Hataka HTK-035 HTK-068 HTK-012 - HTK-046
Lifecolor UA 090 UA 089 UA 015 UA 241 UA 145**
Mission Models - - MMP-066 MMP-027 MMP-072
Mr Paint - MRP-243 MRP-103 - MRP-105
Xtracolor - - X102 - X126
Xtracrylix - - XA1102 - XA1126

 

Links:

 

Photos:

An AH-1 flies with its improvised desert camo. Some were painted USMC Sand overall but most combined it with FS 30279 or FS 35237.
CH-46s and CH-53 typically carried darker desert colors than the AH-1s and UH-1s. They nevertheless varied considerably between units.
This CH-46 landing on the deck of the USS Wisconsin wears a camo similar to AV-8B Harriers although the light color looks like a very light beige.

 

Helicopters - Tactical Paint Scheme (1993-Current)

In common with the post-Cold War shift into grays, the USMC formally introduced a Tactical Paint Scheme for most of its combat helicopters which consisted of an overall fuselage of Light Ghost Gray FS 36375 with all upper sections (fuselage, wings, and engines) in Gray Blue FS 35237. As is common with most modern US schemes, the color of markings and stencils in many (but not all) was also inversed, thus producing a uniform lo-viz effect. All USMC helicopters continue to use the TPS scheme to this day although there are a few exceptions. A three-tone variant of the TPS is used specifically on the MV-22B Osprey tilt-rotor assault transport. Aside from the above two colors, it uses an intermediate color of Dark Ghost Gray FS 36320 on the sides. Strangely enough, the CH-53D (and only this particular variant) eschewed the TPS scheme altogether and reverted to an overall gloss Light Gull Gray FS 16440.

Paint Guide: Unlike the Compass Ghost schemes of Light/Dark Ghost Gray, there is enough difference between FS 36375 and FS 35237 that the demarcation should be evident on helicopters, less so on an MV-22.

 

  FS 36375 FS 36320 FS 35237
Light Ghost Gray Dark Ghost Gray Gray Blue
     
Scheme
TPS Lower / Sides   Upper
TPS (MV-22B) Lower Sides Upper
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous H308 (!) H307 H337
Gunze Mr Color C308 (!) C307 C337
Humbrol 127 128 145
Model Master 1728 1741 1721
Revell - - -
Tamiya - - -
Vallejo Model Air - 71.120 71.114
Vallejo Model Color 70.615 - 70.905
AK Interactive AK-2057 AK-2058 AK-2056
AK Real Color RC-252 RC-251 RC-237
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-203 A.MIG-208 A.MIG-210**
Hataka HTK-037 HTK-035 HTK-046
Lifecolor UA 026 UA 027 UA 145**
Mission Models MMP-073 MMP-074 MMP-072
Mr Paint MRP-38 MRP-97 MRP-105
Xtracolor X136 X135 X126
Xtracrylix XA1136 XA1135 XA1126

 

Photos:

The latest UH-1Z and AH-1Z show the TPS scheme in all its (somewhat boring) glory. Note the inverse markings.
Even large helicopters like this CH-53E Super Stallion pictured in 2016 use the TPS scheme. With one exception..
The CH-53D, which kept an overall Light Gull Gray finish up until their retirement from service in 2012.
It's not always easy to distinguish the three colors on the MV-22, particularly the top and sides, but a sharp eye will spot all three in this photo (see the nose and the far engine).

 

Interiors

All US helicopters have had the same interior colors during the post-war period. Like aircraft, helicopters were initially painted with ANA 611 Interior Green, with the instrument panels typically in ANA 515 Black. From 1953 onward, cockpits were painted Dark Gull Gray FS 36321 as were interiors like troop compartments, although items such as seats as well as the floor and ceilings could be other colors. However, the introduction of night goggles from around the 1970s onward resulted in cockpits being painted Black FS 37038. This has since been the standard cockpit color of all helicopters, with troop compartments remaining FS 36231.

Paint Guide: Cockpits tend to look lighter when photographed and it is usually a good idea to contrast certain sections of the cockpit with a lighter overall black like NATO Black or Tire Black.

 

  ANA 611 ANA 621 ANA 515
FS 34151 FS 36231 FS 17038
Interior Green Dark Gull Gray Black
     
Schemes
Pre-1953 Cockpit / Interiors    
Early Cockpit / Troop area Cockpit / Troop area  
Late Troop area Troop area Cockpit
Color matches
Gunze Aqueous H56 H56 H12
Gunze Mr Color C366 C366 C33
Humbrol 144 144 33
Model Master 1720* 1720* 1749
Revell - - 08
Tamiya XF-18 XF-18 XF-1
Vallejo Model Air 71.299* 71.299* 71.057
Vallejo Model Color 70.903* 70.903* 70.950
AK Interactive AK-2054 AK-2054 AK-735
AK Real Color RC-235 RC-235 RC-001
AMMO by Mig A.MIG-228 A.MIG-228 A.MIG-046
Hataka HTK-027 HTK-027 HTK-041
Lifecolor UA 045 UA 045 LC 02
Mission Models MMP-071 MMP-071 MMP-047
Mr Paint MRP-136 MRP-136 MRP-171
Xtracolor X125* X125* (X012)
Xtracrylix XA1125* XA1125* (XA1012)

 

Photos:

This USAF H-19 from the 1950s shows the ANA 611 cockpits and interiors that were the norm until the end of the Korean War.
Early Hueys still featured the Dark Gull Gray cockpits common with aircraft. Later Hueys went all-black.
This AH-1S shows the all-black cockpits that are now the norm on all US helicopters and which are optimized for night vision.
Troop compartments like that on this CH-47 are painted in Dark Gull Gray although all the different equipment can be a myriad of colors.

 

Paint Charts

Federal Standard FED-STD-595B

  TT-C-595 ANA
  FS 13538 Insignia Yellow ID marks 1310/1315 ANA 508
  FS 14097 Field Green Camo (post-Vietnam) - -
  FS 15042 (!) Glossy Sea Blue Camo (Post-war / Korea) - ANA 623
  FS 30279 Desert Sand Camo (Gulf War) - -
  FS 30117 Earth Red Camo (Gulf War) - -
  FS 30219 Dark Tan Camo (Gulf War) - -
  FS 33711 USMC Sand Camo (Gulf War)    
  FS 34064 Extra Dark Green Camo (AV-8 LCS) - -
  FS 34079 Forest Green Camo (AV-8 Early) - -
  FS 34095 Medium Field Green Camo (post-Vietnam / LCS) - -
  FS 34151 Interior Green Interiors (pre-1953) 3430 ANA 611
  FS 35190 Blue Camo (AV-8 Gulf War) - -
  FS 35237 Gray Blue Camo (LCS / TPS) - -
  FS 36099 Dark Blue Gray Camo (AV-8 LCS) - -
  FS 36118 Medium Gunship Gray Camo (AV-8 Early / Dark) 3610 ANA 603
  FS 36231 Dark Gull Gray Interiors (post-1953) 3615 ANA 621
  FS 36320 Dark Ghost Gray Camo (TPS) - -
  FS 36375 Light Ghost Gray Camo (TPS) - -
  FS 36440 Light Gull Gray Camo (AV-8 Early) 3635 ANA 620
  FS 36495 Light Gray Camo (AV-8 Gulf War) - -
  FS 37038 Black Cockpits (current) 3725 ANA 604

 

Last modified: 17 April 2019