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Joy of joys! Rapture of raptures! I just found something I have been hunting for for years...
I now have a pdf download of an official MIL-PRF [MIL-PRF 24635E(SH)] which lists AMS 26270 as Gray, # 27 Haze Gray.
I have seen it listed this way before, but never from such an authoritative source. This makes the connection from the WWII Neutral Haze Gray #27 to the current Haze Gray. There had been some dispute as to whether they were the same, but I could not find anything so authoritative indicating they were, though I suspected they were (and had been told by others they were, but without proof.)
Finally, I can now state with some confidence that WWII Neutral Haze Gray #27 simply became FS 26270 under the then new 1956 standard, and is now AMS 26270 under the current standard.
What has definitely changed over the years is the compositions of the paint formulas. However, the basic color has remained constant since the Neutral Grays came out in late WWII.
I can die a happy man
The FS system started in 1956.
Since then, Haze Gray has been FS 26270
Deck Gray has been FS 26008
Be aware that the FS-595 system was revised about 3 times since 1956 creation...versions A, B, C. Now recently superseded by SAE AMS-595. Haze Gray still remains 26270, and Deck Gray 26008 through it all.
Ralph... any idea as to when they started using the FS standard paint numbers for Haze Grey for say the 60's and 70's time frame of the Cold War? If so do you know the FS# for that Haze Grey? Thanks.
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?
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