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Painting USS North Carolina

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  • Member since
    December 2022
Painting USS North Carolina
Posted by Wartoy on Friday, December 9, 2022 12:09 PM
I am building the Trumpeter 1/350 scale USS North Carolina for a friend.  He wants the non-camouflaged version, not the version seen as on display today.  So, I am assuming the standard light gray sides, darker gray decks, wood lower decks.  I want to do this a "correct" as possible, so I will turn to the pros form Dover.  A Mash reference for all us old folks...
 I use almost exclusively Vallejo paints.  If I can stick with that, I would love it.  I appreciate any and all help I can get.


Thank you in advance.
  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Monday, December 12, 2022 1:45 PM

Ok. "in" WWII or "after" matters.

WWII paint was MS1 MS2, MS12, MS12(mod) MS21, MS32, and MS22


Post war, through about 1947 the decks were blue (with bright wood decks), and haze gray verticals.

After around '47, Deck Gray replaced Blue--but, you need reference photos to know which horizontals were deck gray versus Haze.  And, post-war Haze Gray is lighter (a touch warmer) than wartime HG.

Your mileage may vary.

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Monday, December 12, 2022 2:35 PM

Wartime- comes down to 21 or 22 if don't want pattern.



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