Now add sun fading .....oh boy!
Hobby paint manufacturers vary in pigments. Neutral Gray in Polly Scale is not the same as Model Masters with Polly Scale being far darker.
To ease the insanity I use 5 tools. Alan Ravenís articles on ship camouflage, Navsource, Floating Drydockís two books on USN camouflage, S&S chips and this board. If a kit comes with painting instructions I usually find that they are wrong for the time frame of ship fit.
Is this all perfect.....not in the least. I have at 2 or 3 kits in my collection in wrong camo scheme that donít match timing of shipís fittings. Those are future redos
And so it goes.