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Re: HMAS Med gray 1939
I havenít seen anything in the archives regarding HMA ships in the Med in a pale blue in 1941. However, there is documentation in the archives showing that in 1931
, some HMA ships were remixing the pre mixed paint on board ships resulting in a light blue. In 1932, they were told to cease this practice and use correct 507c paint. As an aside, in 1997, HMAS Fremantle was painted blue as part of colour trials. Whyalla was painted Haze Grey for a time then.
Hello Alan, I met you in Sacramento in 1978 (I was the one with the Mountbatten Pink KGV---all yer fault!), and at the IPMS Nats in San Jose. I have followed your work since I saw your Ensigns in London in 1976, and I recently bought your RN cruiser book, which I have enjoyed immensely.
I thought I would toss this into the ring. A couple months ago I was looking at the Australian Navy historical site, and I blundered upon a fascinating nugget. The article was about Australian cruiser colors in the Med in 1939. It cited a letter written by an Australian cruiser enlisted man. He was telling about how the deckhands mixed A.P. 507C "Mediterranean Grey." First of all, he claimed the crews chose the shades, not the officers, not the brass. He wrote that the mixes were hardly scientific, like contemporary paint company products for warships. The customary basic shade was the slightly bluish light gray of the Mediterranean Fleet.
Here is where it became interesting. The sailor claimed one Australian cruiser's crew decided to add more blue to the basic Med Grey. Another Australian cruiser's crew liked the variant color so much they elected to use yet more blue in their mix. The result was a cruiser which was more blue than gray. Thus, the Australian cruiser detachment's colors were highly individualistic, and, in two cases, decidedly non-standard.
Here is the kicker. I stupidly lost the bookmark for this article. I have searched the site over and over to try to find it. Here is the site if anybody wishes to have a go at trying to find the article. I swear on a copy of Queen's Regulations this story is not a malicious joke on the RN modeling community! If anybody can find it, I will be in their debt. http://www.navy.gov.au/search/node/ship%20camouflage
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