1250 SCALE MESSAGE BOARD
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Posted by Jim Davis on 12/17/2018, 8:09 am
Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking a DUKW-boat tour of the Mobile waterfront. We got excellent, really close-up looks at the USS Omaha and the USNS Puerto Rico, both of which are fitting out at Austal. The EPF is absolutely aluminum-foil, bare-metal shiny; they won't be painting her at all (although she has her hull number - 11 - on the bow in normal (not low-vis) USN black-shaded white). A single coat of paint would weigh 10,000 pounds, reducing her speed, cargo capacity, or both. If you've got one of the Argos EPFs - you might want to strip the paint and buff it to a high metallic gloss! The Omaha, on the other hand, is dull grey. But they haven;t painted her. She would have been exactly the same as the Puerto Rico originally, but they then sand the ship to a rough texture and let it oxidize to the grey to get a less-visible appearance w/o the paint weight. We were not told if the Puerto Rico would eventually been likewise sanded (I expect she will....).