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Re: Post-WWII US Navy paint color
Hi Larry. The link I posted says this about wooden decks:
"5. For peacetime operation, camouflage painting of wood decks will be discontinued. This omission applies only to painting for camouflage purposes and not to preservative painting required by reference (c), as in the case of uncalked decks of wooden vessels. Wood flight decks of carriers will be stained with Formula 21 and Submarine weather decking will be painted black in accordance with reference (c)."
These were the instructions as of August, 1946, and were still in effect in 1948. As we all know, what was ordered, and what was done might not always coincide.
Very shortly after the war ended, the Navy instructed that all ships be painted in Measure 13, using # 27 5-H Haze Gray from the neutral gray paints. This would hold true for 1948. http://www.researcheratlarge.com/Ships/S19-7/1946AugustPacFltCamo.html
Measure 13: https://www.shipcamouflage.com/measure_13.htm
So, if you already have a Tamiya color you like for the WWII neutral # 27 Haze Gray, use that.
I recently received the Very Fire 1/350 scale USS Des Moines, which was commissioned in 1948. This will be my first (adult) build of a post-WWII warship; the painting instructions in the kit state "Light Gray" for the hull and superstructure. Which Tamiya paint would most accurately match this color?
Measure 13 calls for horizontal surfaces to be painted Deck Blue, 20-B which based on pictures is just a darker gray. Measure 13 also calls for wooden decks to be stained, but there is no evidence that was ever done on any of the Des Moines class, as they were all commissioned years after WWII ended.
As flagships their wooden decks were holystoned quite often and were quite bright.
Haze gray verticals and dark(er) gray horizontal surfaces were the way we painted Salam after she arrived in Quincy as a museum ship.
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