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Silly question...paints

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Silly question...paints
Posted by SNOOPY on Monday, January 6, 2003 5:01 PM
This may actually be a real stupid question but on WWII and present day warships is the paint gloss or flat? I am guessing flat so that it does not give off a shine when the sun hits it. I am building a 1/350 Lindberg Bismark (close to twenty years old) and a 1/96 Lindberg Bobtail Assualt Cruiser (I do not think the Navy ever had one but Lindberg has one). These will be my very first ships ever. Any help would be appreciative?

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Posted by Kevinmcgarry on Monday, January 6, 2003 6:08 PM
On most kits they give the FS number, if starts with a "3" then its flat if it starts with a "1" its gloss but I don't rember seeing any navy ship that was not painted in a flat color.
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Posted by ipms40049 on Monday, January 6, 2003 6:08 PM
As an ex Naval officer, the paints on all modern warships are of semi-gloss, to flat, depending on what/where their locations are of types of paint.

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Posted by weebles on Wednesday, January 22, 2003 7:18 AM
The important thing to remember is to achieve a scale look to the model. What I mean by that is when you view the model you want to think of it as being off in the distance. Looking at the model on your desk would be about the same as looking at it in the harbor. If you go with a gloss color you want to tone it down so it doesn't look like a toy. If you saw a ship out in the harbor it would look flat, even if standing next to it the color was gloss. Make sense?
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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 10:17 AM
There is on such thing as a stupid question. You also should consider the fact that ships should have some sort of weathering & esp WWII warships rust in places due to service in wartime

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