Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

1/350 Academy USS Indianapolis

6 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    January 2017
1/350 Academy USS Indianapolis
Posted by bpippin43 on Monday, June 3, 2019 9:19 PM

I recently purchased this kit which instructions are very vague relating to painting.  Can anyone steer me to some assistance?  Thanks.

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:49 AM

As I recall the Academy kit is supposed to represent the Indianapolis in 1945 after the overhaul at Mare island.  She is in measure 22 camo.

Here is a site with info on measure 22 camo:

Here is a site with High Quality pictures of CA-35 at Mare island for the overhaul:
Some of the Pics may assist with adding details
Let us know if this helps.
  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:59 AM

If you like acrylics, AK Interactive has a set, USN Naval Camouflage Volume 1, that has the colors you need except for the hull red and black. I just bought two sets and am going to give them a try.

My old go-to is Testor's Model Master Enamel, however it's become a little harder to find.

Per Nino's link, the colors you are looing for are USN 20-B Deck Blue, 5- N Navy Blue and 5-H Haze Gray. 

Modeling is an excuse to buy books


  • Member since
    January 2017
Posted by bpippin43 on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 8:56 PM

This will help a lot.  Many thanks.

  • Member since
    February 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 10:02 PM

These pictures of my Academy Indianapolis might help you. With it is the I 58 that sunk her.

They are 1/350 kits & I did use MM acrylic paints on them.

  • Member since
    August 2005
  • From: EG48
Posted by Tracy White on Thursday, June 13, 2019 12:16 AM

Here is a site with info on measure 22 camo:

So, this is not the correct Measure 22 to use for Indianapolis if you want to build her *as sunk* you need to do the 1945 version of Measure 22 - from the same site:
Essentially, by 1944 the Navy had figured out that it wasn't the color that waas important as much as it was the tone of the paint (light, medium, dark). There was more need for the ultramarine blue pigment necessary to make the purple-blue based colors than there was supply, so the Navy decided to go to neutral paints.
There was such a large stock of blue paints in the fleet that it's hard to say when a specific ship might have repainted in the neutral colors, however it is safe to say that by July of 1945 Mare Island Navy Yard, which was the Navy's West coast paint manufacturing yard, would have been painting ships in the neutral colors.
So Indianapolis would likely be in (neutral) #7 Navy Gray, (neutral) 5-H Haze Gray, and #20 Deck Gray on her decks. This was ordered for the Pacific fleet in February 1945
There is a small chance that Mare Island would still have stocks of 5-N Navy Blue left and of course it's totally up to the model builder to build as they want so it's not a 100% sure thing, but it's likely that she was in Neutral grays when lost.
Mission Model Paints has a couple of the colors in their acrylic line, I know there are more but I'm out of time for tonight.

Tracy White Researcher@Large

  • Member since
    July 2014
  • From: Philadelphia Pa
Posted by Nino on Thursday, June 13, 2019 3:38 AM

 Thanks Tracy.

  The Academy kit is a 1945 version but  I figured the Indianapolis was painted the end of '44 in measure 22 so that was my reasoning.

I suspect the page referencing the 1945 painting as measure 21 threw me off too.

Thanks for that much better explanation.




Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.

By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our Privacy Policy.