GREEK AIRCRAFT COLOUR SETS
Italian paint specialist Lifecolor has released two new paint packs with acrylic shades for Hellenic Air Force fighters and transports.
Each box offers six 22ml pots, and Lifecolor also provides relevancy notes for various aircraft types. Hellenic Air Force Set 1 (Aegean Ghost Falcons & Delta Fighters – XS-15) has the following shades:
UA 554 FS 35237 Aegean Ghost Blue Grey, UA 555 FS 36251 Aegean Ghost Grey, UA 556 FS 36307 Aegean Ghost Light Grey, UA 557 FS 36270, UA 558 FS 35164 Aegean Blue and UA 559 FS 36375 Aegean Delta Grey.
Hellenic Air Force Set 2 (Aegean HAF SEA – Cargo Planes & Vietnam Camouflage Fighters – XS-16) offers these colours:
UA 560 FS 34079 HAF/SEA Forest Green, UA 561 FS 34102 HAF/SEA Medium Green, UA 562 FS 30219 HAF/SEA Dark Tan, UA 563 FS 36622 HAF/SEA Camouflage Grey, UA 564 FS 37178 Aegean Flat Aluminium and UA 565 FS 36280 Aegean/HAF Spartan Grey.
These tones are correct for the current F-4E (AUP) and F-16 ‘Ghost’ scheme, but the Phantom, Mirage F1 and F-5 can also be portrayed in the earlier ‘Aegean’ livery of FS 35164 over Aluminium. And for extra variety, types such as the F-4/RF-4, A-7, F/RF-84 and F-104 can be finished in classic South-East Asia hues
The C-130H Hercules and C-27J Spartan transports are also catered for via FS 36280, and so too is the Mirage 2000, although as the real Dassault aircraft employ Celomer system paint codes, Lifecolor has provided its closest matches, which of course can be changed by mixing with other shades to your preference.
What with the proliferation of F-4E kits of late, from the likes of Zoukei-Mura and Fine Molds, Modelsvit’s recent 1/72 Mirage 2000 and Kinetic’s 1/48 version, other existing products and aftermarket decals, you can portray many Hellenic Air Force aircraft in all their varied glory more easily, thanks to these well-considered paint sets. Of course, Set 2 is also useful if you are simply looking for the Vietnam shades grouped together, if building aircraft in this scheme regardless of the user air arm - USAF, South Korea, Turkey, Belgium for example.
Each set costs £17.99, and are available from The Airbrush Company: www.airbrushes.com