camo design sheets from Floating Drydock and in them one marked Measure 31 PX. Basically they took a 80ft Elco PT Boat painted it Matt black but on the right side now half way between the bridge and bow.Was 2bands of paint Ocean green and pale green.These extended down to support frame and on the left side near the stern they put 2 bands of Pale and Ocean Green. On the stern they put a wave effect of pale green on Matt black. Since this was listed as PX on the measure 31 scheme may mean experiment and I don't know if it was used.
I have, in past years, have had several modellers email me and say that they'vsle had PT veterans tell them that their boat was black.
I wonder if what David Swasey - a camoufluer at Elco - said lends any credence to those assertions?
This is what Swasey said, " He also discussed something he referred to as one mission camouflage. Mr. Swasey said, “Among the latest, and as yet, untried schemes on the PTs, is the ‘one mission camouflage’ theory, or a special camouflage for a special job that can be taken off as readily as it can be put on. This consists of a certain type of water paint that be washed off upon the completion of the boat’s mission.”
He described what they would do for these schemes in the following manner; “The type and design of such a mantle has been mostly in the form of what we have called, ‘bowtwisters’ – painting the bow and fore-superstructure with a very neat black, embellished with one, or perhaps two areas of white to distort the course of the vessel, and to complicate its ap-parent maneuvering under searchlight. Always, only one side of the vessel should display any white, so that it is possible to turn a completely dark side toward the enemy when their lights have not yet picked up the approaching or retreating vessel. Just pure black is extremely helpful when the sky is filled with these wandering needles of illumination.” ...
Note the last sentence before telling me I'm stupid or wrong.