Armée de l'Air colors in WWII

Posted on 3/28/2023 in blog with tags Armée de l'Air Color schemes

Conversion table

Color RGB Notes FS.595b LifeColor Vallejo Tamiya AK
Gris Bleu Clair B1B9A8 Standard scheme lower surfaces from 1938 FS 36473 LC UA141 AV 71.257 TAM XF-23
Kaki Francais 586742 Standard scheme upper surfaces from 1938 FS 34096 LC UA142
Terre/Brun Fonce 3B2918 Standard scheme upper surfaces from 1938 FS 30045 LC UA143 AV 71.287 TAM XF-51
Chamois C1A175 1939-1945 interior and metal parts FS 33448 LC UA144
Gris Bleu Fonce 8B9EA8 Standard scheme upper surfaces from 1938 FS 35237 LC UA145 AV 71.097 TAM XF-82
Vert Kaki/Pomme 66735D Standard scheme upper surfaces from 1938 FS 34128 LC UA146 AV 71.285 TAM XF-26

Fighters interior


  • tubular structure: light gray, barely bluish
  • instrument panel: matt black
  • instruments and switches: satin black
  • seat: medium blue gray (same as tubular structure?)
  • right radio compartment: light gray
  • gas control ball: varnished wood
  • flap and landing gear controls: aluminum with red ends
  • trim adjustment wheel: wood



  • Underside: Gris Bleu Clair: FS 35189, TAM XF-23
  • Gris Bleu Fonce: FS 35164, GSI C366
  • Kaki: FS 34087, GSI C304. Vert is apparently FS 34223?
  • Brun: FS 30099, still trying to figure out a good match. Terre de Sienne is apparently FS 30108?
  • Cockpit: Bleu de Nuit: FS 35044, MRP US Insignia Blue

White Ensign Model colorsets


  • ACF 01, Vert Moyen (Medium Green);
  • ACF 02, Vert Fonce (Ivy Green);
  • ACF 03, Terre d'Ombre Nat. (Raw Earth);
  • ACF 04, Chocolat (Burnt Sienna);
  • ACF 05, Gris Fonce (Dark Blue-Grey);
  • ACF 06, Ombre Calcinee (Dark Earth);
  • ACF 07, Kaki (Dark Olive Drab);
  • ACF 08, Vert (Green);
  • ACF 09, Gris Bleu Clair (Sky Grey);
  • ACF 10, Gris Bleu Ciel (Sky Blue);
  • ACF 11, Chamois (interior protective coating);
  • ACF 12, Bleu Fonce (cockpit interior dark blue).

(from same thread)

For the cockpit Interior, you can use USN Dark Sea Blue (flat) and if you want, add a touch of black. The wheel wells and gear were painted the underside color For the underside color, I've used TAM XF-25. For the top side blue-gray, I've used TAM XF-54. For the Brown, any dark brown. The problem with Tamiya browns is that they are too reddish (although I've used TAM XF-68 for the Hawk 75, which allegedly used a redder brown than other aircraft). The paint chips I have of the French brown show them as pretty straight forward dark brown. The Green is the other problem, it is sort of a khaki-green. A pssible mix is a little TAM XF-57 or TAM XF-52 to XF-67.


  • Gris Bleu Clair (underside): 5: GSI C315 + 3: GSI C1 + 2: GSI C337 C1C2C4
  • Gris Bleu Fonce: 5: GSI C337 + 4: GSI C315 + 1: GSI C110 7F858F
  • Terre Fonce: 5: GSI C131 + 4: GSI C369 + 1: GSI C316 695F5B