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1/144 Fletcher
Posted by KenB62 on Monday, January 08, 2018 10:10 AM

I received the new Revell 1/144 Fletcher for Christmas. Can anyone tell me the correct colors of gray to use? Perferably Model Master paints, but any information will help.

Thanks!

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 08, 2018 11:38 AM

That's pretty cool! It is a big model.

As far as paints, first, Model Master enamels have what you need.

For the colors, there's a number of options. The model claims to be based on the original ship of the class, DD-445 Fletcher. I've not read any reasons to question that. This suggests that you would paint her in her original colors, circa early 1942. Or her immediate sisters. 

My favorite source for paint information is Snyder and Short, http://www.shipcamouflage.com/camouflage_database.htm

While I don't usually single source info, this database always seems to be correct, if sometimes it omits some of the more transitory measures.

Three basic choices.

Measure 12 Mod. This would be the most complicated. The verticals are three colors in a pattern, Navy Blue, Ocean Gray and Haze Gray. Colors 5-N, 5-O and  5-H. Model Master 2158, 2157 and 2156.

The decks are Weather Deck Blue, 20-B. Model Master 2159.

Gator makes masks for this ship, scale and Measure. I've used them for this Measure on a different ship and they work well.

http://www.gatorsmask.com/ddde.html

Measure 21. The simplest. Vertical surfaces 5-N Navy Blue. The decks 20-B Deck Blue.

Measure 22. Fletcher herself was not painted this Measure AFAIK, but some of her early sisters were. Vertical surfaces 5-N Navy Blue up to the lowest point of the main deck level (a horizontal line the length of the ship, and 5-H Haze Gray up above that.

The decks 20-N Deck Blue.

Whichever you choose, be sure to get at least four jars of each.

Black boot stripe.

For the hull I like Tamiya Dull Red in the spray can. It's easy to get that big area done without a lot of fuss.

I buy all of the Navy Colors from Scale Hobbyist. You won't find them at the LHS.

That's what I know, glad to help.

 

Bill

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Posted by KenB62 on Monday, January 08, 2018 12:11 PM

Thanks for your help, Bill. It is much appreciated. I agree with you, I usually order my paint from Scalehobyist.

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  • From: San Diego
Posted by jgonzales on Monday, January 08, 2018 12:42 PM

Hi Ken,

This does not have good color callouts, but the black and white photos were absolutely invaluable when I built my Tamiya fletcher:

http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/viewtopic.php?f=49&t=8105&start=980 

Cheers!

Jose

Jose Gonzales San Diego, CA
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Posted by KenB62 on Monday, January 08, 2018 1:14 PM

Awesome! Thanks Jose, the photos really help!

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, January 08, 2018 7:26 PM

Scalemates has some bridge options for this kit.  Not cheap, but worth a look, if nothing else.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, January 08, 2018 9:38 PM

Schedule a chat with the XO about where to put a three foot ship model.

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    March, 2010
Posted by KenB62 on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 5:47 AM

The XO went U/A years ago, so no worries there. This kit is almost as big as my work bench though, I usually build 1/48 aircraft, so quite a departure for me.

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Posted by KenB62 on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 5:48 AM

Thanks, Skipper! I'm in the planning and gathering resources stage right now. Thanks for your input, I'll check it out.

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  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Tuesday, January 09, 2018 8:56 PM

GMorrison
where to put a three foot ship model.

It's functionally the same size as the lindy Blue Devil--only accurate Big Smile

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