When the U.S. Air Force first became a fully separate branch in 1947 personnel continued to wear uniforms nearly identical to the U.S. Army. The first Air Force-specific blue dress uniform, introduced in 1949, was in Shade 1683, also dubbed "Uxbridge Blue" after the former Bachman-Uxbridge Worsted Company. An Ike jacket, inherited from the Army Air Forces but in Shade 1683, was an optional uniform item.
The current U.S. Air Force Service Dress Uniform, which was initially adopted in 1993 and made mandatory on 1 October 1999, consists of a three-button coat, similar to that of a men's "sport jacket" (with silver mirror-finish "U.S." pins on the lapels), matching trousers, and either a service cap or flight cap, all in Shade 1620, also known as "Air Force Blue." This is worn with a light blue shirt (Shade 1550) and a herringbone patterned necktie (Shade 1620). Metal buttons on the dress uniform were also changed at this time, transitioning satin finish buttons that employed the contemporary U.S. Air Force seal to a historically significant retro insignia that had been used by the U.S. Army Air Forces as a shoulder patch during World War II. [source: wiki]
In the first Iron Man film released in 2008, we were introduced to Terrence Howard as Lt. Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes, a friend of Stark's, and the liaison between Stark Industries and the U.S. Air Force in the department of acquisitions, specifically weapons development. Somehow that image stuck with me more than Don Cheadle even though he has replaced Terrence Howard as Rhodes in Iron Man 2 and upcoming Iron Man 3. I see Cheadle more as War Machine but Terrence Howard as Rhodes.
That being said, I will most definitely put 1/6 scale Terrence Howard as Lt. Colonel James "Rhodey" Rhodes in this particular 1/6 scale U.S. Air Force Officer Service Dress Uniform that ZCWO will be releasing as part of their Mens Hommes series :) Hot Toys released a 1/6 scale Terrence Howard head sculpt with their U.S. Army 75th Ranger Regiment 12-inch figure (see my earlier post HERE)
Looks nicely done for a layman. I'm sure there are discrepancies and errors with the ribbon placement and order but for most of us common folk, there are just too many to tell.
Certainly looking forward to this release as well :)