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Re: Yorktown Class Weathering
Thanks. There is an often published photo of Hornet at Pearl Harbor, taken from under her bow. The paint on the hull around the water line looks like the camo color has flaked off. I'll bet it is the primer that is showing through. There is another picture of Enterprise, in 1943 I think, a full hull shot taken from a distance. In this one the white colored area along the whole water line is much "snowier" looking and goes along the entire length of the hull. I am wondering if that is chalking rather than flaking.
I am building the Academy 1/700 1942 Enterprise, which I have painted Sea Blue, which apparently chalked a lot.
Iím no expert, and someone please correct me if I am wrong, but seeing as you have not gotten an answer to this, Iíll chime in. I believe what you are referring to is the zinc chromate undercoating or primer on the ship. The color is a garish greenish/yellow. You may be able to confirm and see some color photos by googling ďzinc chromate ship primer hullĒ or something along those lines. I hope Iíve steered you correctly on this. Good luck!
War time photos of Yorktown Class aircraft carriers often show extensive weathering along the water line. In black and white photos this appears to be white, but I question that is what it actually was.
I am interested in opinions about what the color really was.
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