I do have it bookmarked. The pdf link is available on this page: https://maritime.org/doc/
In the "Single Topic," Ship Camouflage Instructions. The 1953 version, as you've noted.
Specifically, for Measure 27, it states this:
"MEASURE US 27
(A) Word De,~criplio~. (1) Apply No. 27 Haze Gray (5-H)
(Stock No. G52-P-961) to all external surfaces of the ship
above the boot-topping, except as noted in (2) and (3) below.
On ships that have no boot-topping, apply to all surfaces above
the upper limit of the bottom paint except as noted in (2) and
(2) Apply smooth Dark Gray Deck type A (Stock No.
G52-P-1406-50) or non-skid Dark Gray Deck type B (Stock
No. G52-P-1408-50) to steel decks and all other horizontal
steel surfaces exposed to aerial observation.
(3) Apply Glossy White (Stock No. G52-P-5305) or Base
White (Stock No. G52-P-5335) to all overheads and to the
undersides of all other external horizontal surfaces"
Note that both Deck A and Deck B are stated as "Dark Gray." So, both are the same color. At this point, the non skid they have formulated, and are using is the same color as their standard deck paint. For this period, that would be the old WWII Neutral Gray, Deck Gray color. My personal belief is that color became FS 26008 in 1956. I have not found that "in writing," though.
Awesome, Craig! Thank you!
I actually believe I know exactly which pdf manual you are referring to. I should have it bookmarked somewhere. I will check it out.
In the case of modern Haze Gray FS 26270 (now AMS 26270) I have pdf's of official "MIL-PRF's"...Military Performance requirements for the paint currently used. The Performance doc specifies the paint's composition, and other qualities it must comply with. One of those is the color. In stating the color, it calls it "Haze Gray #27 AMS 26270."
That, plus other things I have read leads me to believe that the original FS 595 of 1956 simply took all the existing colors then in standard Federal service, and assigned them the numbers we are now familiar with. It does not appeared to have created many (if any) new colors. I think the late WWII #27 Haze Gray and FS/AMS 26270 are the same color.
So, while I have no official docs telling me this like I do for Haze Gray, I strongly suspect modern Deck Gray and WWII Deck Gray are also the same. FWIW. That would then make it Deck B per your info. So, Deck A--the non skid--might be a new color. Current modern Flight Deck Gray, which is non skid, is FS 36076, as I noted originally. If the other two colors are "connected" to their "ancestor" WWII colors, it is quite possible these two non skid colors are related as well. Again, FWIW.
Very very much appreciate this follow up news! Thank you again!
Here's the answer. In 1953 the navy issued new paint scheme information. While still using the 1945 grays .
There was officially Deck A gray paint and Deck B Gray paint. The difference was Deck A was anti skid paint. Deck B wasn't anti skid.
If your curious go to Historic Naval Ship Association website. Click on resources, then
Manuals and documents, then click Single topics
and then Camo 1953.pdf. This a copy of the instructions issued. This was 3yrs before Federal Standard 595 was made . Proabley FS26008 Dark Gray replaced them. Tried to setup a link didn't work.
Thank you for the reply, Craig. Very interesting. I just went on a fairly extensive hunt. I am stumped. Hope we both get an answer some day!
Well Ralph some years ago somebody on this page wrote about that in the 1960's destroyers would
have their decks painted in Deck A and Deck B
paint. I looked for years trying to find the correct FS-595-595A colors for this .Or any paint nicknamed this as this. Also I looked at the FS -595 charts hoping that paints like FS26008 which
is listed as Deck Gray would be also listed. Or did the navy when doing maintence such as painting
the ship that the crew people assigned put the right paint in the right place by simple to understand instructions. So when reading about this request about deck paint for the amentioned Adams class destroyer kits . Figuring maybe I'll finally have an answer.
Can I ask where you got the information about Deck A and Deck B colors, please?
This is "news to me." For a number of years, all I have ever heard of being in use from 1956 until now is Deck Gray FS 26008. Never until this point has anyone ever said "Deck A and Deck B colors." So, I am mighty curious. This is completely new info for me. Would love to know more.
In addition to Deck Gray FS 26008, there is in use a non-skid for flight decks with an FS number of 36076. I usually see it listed as Non-skid FS 36076. Sometimes I see it listed as Flight Deck Gray FS 36076.
I am suspecting these might be the two colors you are referring to. Just never heard them listed as Deck A and Deck B. Your source for these terms would be a great help. Thank you!
As far as the 1960's the navy had 2 deck paints. "Deck A and Deck B " paints. The trouble is what Federal Standard 595 -595A numbers were these paints? I don't know. Life color paints has released a "modern "USN paint set covering from 1950 to current moment .This is a option.
I'm restoring some old Adams class destroyers in 1/700 to go with the new Trumpeter Intrepid and was wondering what the best Tamiya equivalent is for the dark grey decks? I'm planning on using XF-20 for the Haze Grey but is there a good approximation for the deck? is XF-24 too dark? I'm aware there isn't likely to be an exact match.
Thanks for any advice.