by: Kevin Brant [ ]
Introduction The USAF Tactical Ari Command, or TAC, was an active branch of the United States Air Force from 1946 to 1992. TAC was responsible for air defense and the tactical role in the USAF. In the early 1960's the USAF began using a two tone green and tan camouflage over a grey on their aircraft, and this became known as the TAC Standard.
The Federal Standard colours were as follow:
FS 30219 Tan
FS 34102 Green Olive Drab
FS 34079 Dark Green
FS 36622 Grey
Contents Four 17ml bottles of paint:
A.Mig-202 FS 30219 Tan
A.Mig-004 Reseda Green Opt. B
A.Mig-206 FS34079 (BS641)
A.Mig-226 FS36622 Gray
Small Colour Scheme Sheet (Rear of package)
Review A new paint set from Ammo by Mig has provided colours to represent the 1960's - 1970's TAC colors. This is a convenient set of four colours that can be used to recreate the TAC Standard camouflage, which is great for Vietnam era fighters and other aircraft.
Unlike some other sets I have seen in the past, this set comes with four regular size bottles, 17ml, as opposed to smaller options. These paints are the yellow top variant from Ammo by Mig, signifying the bottles contain the ball bearing for mixing assistance.
There have been complaints re: Ammo by Mig paint in the past, mostly due to applying it. Having been using the paint for some time now, I have to say, I rather enjoy using the paint, and the finished product.
Ammo by Mig paint, first needs to be well shaken, a paint shaker is handy, but can still be mixed with vigorous shaking. Second, it needs to be applied thin at low air pressure. It will take multiple coats to achieve a good cover.
Conviently I had a 1/48 scale F-4C on the bench, and thought it would be a good chance to try these paints out. The aircraft was primed with Tamiya Fine Grey primer and let dry for a couple of days. I then painted the bottom of the aircraft with the Grey, mixing about 75% paint to 25% Ammo by Mig Thinner using about 18-20 psi, which in this case was a little difficult to distinguise due to the Grey primer.
With the bottom dried over night, I masked, an then began the top camouflage. This began with an overall all coat of the Tan, again mixed about 75-25 with about 18-20psi. This was done with three successive coats, building up the color. I let this sit for a couple of hours, then began the lighter Green, this time mixed closer to 60-40, and with about 15-17psi. Using multiple passes, I built up the colour. Then again with the darker Green, I used the same formulas.
The ability to apply these paints thin is a great asset for those who like to pre-shade. I have done this with other Ammo colours, and it works great, with a new shaded paint effect when completed.
I have included a comparison of the colours with the paint chips from http://www.colorserver.net/. Unfortunately the picture does not do the comparison complete justice. In my opinion, I find the Tan slight lighter then what it should be, but the rest of the colours are close, and again in my opinion, very convincing.
Overview Overall this is a nice and convenient paint set from Ammo by Mig.
The four paint colours included do a great job at representing the 1960's-1970's TAC Standard colors, and with a little patience, apply to the model very well. I would highly recommend the set.