For years I painted what I thought was right and then the paint wars broke out on this board. At time I had migrated over to Polly Scale acrylic naval colors. Then S&S dropped a nuclear weapon with their USN paint chip cards.
Overnight I was painting with the wrong colors. And so the quest to match chip cards began.
Plan A Testors claimed to match S&S chip cards so I swallowed the hook and laid in an expensive amount of stock. I am saved! That was simple!
Lo and behold they lied. Their 5N was too light, the flight deck stains all wrong. I found only their 5L and 5P matched S&S chip card. S&S said I could use Polly Scale 5H, 5O and 5N (to be used as 20B) as they matched. I searched the nation buying stock where ever I can find it, slowly building a quantity to build my fleet but I was missing 5N, a real 20B pigment, Modern Haze Gray and Anti-Skid
Ok Plan B, so I try other manufacturers’ paint only to learn they are for the airbrush not brush. Damn **&@!
Plan C but by this time Polly Scale has bit the dust and Testors is following down the drain with their gunky acrylics. I turn to Polly Scale RR colors (which people laughed at me on this board) which were still being produced. I found Utopia and my very expensive quests had come to an end. Who knew that RR companies would paint their rolling stock the same as USN naval ships!
So my ship paint collection is secure just in case the world comes to an end. Then I realize I maybe painting in wrong color my 1/700 USN, USMC and USAAF aircraft . Darn! But thankfully 1/700 aircraft are heck of lot smaller than ships.
The wingnuts and tread heads are much more anal about color than ship modelers. The color standard was ANA but for the most part they were only suggestions. Different paint manufacturers produced colors to their own match. Factory paint on Monday differed from Wednesday. Heaven forbid you’re matching a field application. What was it thinned with; Varsol, gasoline, diesel, water?
Take your choice, go with one of the recognized paint brands; Mission, Vallejo, AK, etc. and enjoy it. Stay away from color chips printed in books. They are subject to printing variations.
Want to start a Pearl Harbor-type discussion? Go to an aircraft centric board and ask what color was on a P40 under the glass behind the cockpit.