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Re: Not meant to disagree with you... but just to add to your thoughts
Interesting how different they look based on age of paint work, fading, weathering, etc.
At that same fleet week there were 2 naval ships next to each other. One could certainly tell that one was freshly painted and the other had not been painted in a while and looked much more neutral gray in tone.
that looks brand new out of the shipyard, the ships I saw were active duty returning for a port visit to Phila - sometimes for yard work.
Yes that can be true.
I've been on more that a few active duty ships and up close a fresh coat of paint looks very blue gray (Ref USS Dewey - DDG-105 freshly painted 5" mount):
I've also been on ships where the weathered paint seems to have faded to a more neutral gray tone in person up close - but father away it seems blue gray tone. It is interesting to see the tonal qualities seem to be a bit different depending on when the ship was painted.
What you are seeing is a reflection of water/atmosphere. Ships always look like they have a blue tint to them, but when you see them in person, no - it's grey and the farther you get from it, it takes on a blue tint.
The same thing got me when I painted my Royal Navy ships Gull Grey. I was sure that was the color after watching the 45 episode series Warship multiple time, but it's not. It's light Weatherworks grey, which is a slightly lighter version of Haze Grey.
When was modern haze gray introduced into the fleet after the war?
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