USAF Colors and Markings Guide Book Review
|Date of Review||March 2009||Title||USAF Colors and Markings Guide|
|Editor||Michael Benolkin||Publisher||TacAir Publications|
|Format||1,236 pages, CD-ROM (Adobe PDF)||MSRP (USD)||$25.95|
For modelers of USAF subjects, finding reliable information for the proper colors and markings of Air Force aircraft can be hard to locate. One of the more sought-after references is the USAF Technical Order 1-1-4 which is what maintenance and depot crews used to repaint and stencil aircraft. While the 1994 edition has been available off-and-on online, older editions have been harder to come by. The 1994 edition is good if you're modeling many contemporary subjects, but most of the useful information for Vietnam-era aircraft and markings has been deleted since they were no longer relevant to (then) current operations.
Here is a high-resolution reproduction of the 15 May 1970 release of T.O.1-1-4. This title contains 261 pages of the Vietnam-era technical order (leaving out the 'Intentionally Left Blank' pages) and fills in a gap in useful color references.
As you can see in the examples to the right, many 1950s and 1960s aircraft were still in service when this edition was printed and many of these were pressed into combat in Southeast Asia. The technical order provides the colors and markings for non-tactical color schemes as well as the camouflage patterns and tailcode templates for the tactical schemes.
In addition to the 1970 release, this CD-ROM also contains the 14 May 1994 release of T.O. 1-1-4 with Change 6 dated 20 March 1998. Now you have the best of both eras in USAF colors and markings on one CD-ROM.
As a further addition to this release, we've included the 12 Jun 1986 edition of TM 55-1500-345-23 Painting and Marking of Army Aircraft as well as the 18 April 1985 edition of MIL-STD-2161A Paint Schemes and Exterior Markings For US Navy and Marine Corps Aircraft.
You'll have the most complete set of US military color and markings guides - the same ones used by the US military to paint its aircraft, which will provide an excellent modeling reference for US military subjects of the 1970s and 1980s.
Stop by TacAir Publications to see what else is new and you can stop by our eBay store to order a copy of this useful reference. The price includes free shipping with the US and $5.00 flat rate shipping for the rest of the globe.