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Discuss modeling techniques, experiences, and ship modeling in general.
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USS Arizona
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Wisconsin, United States
Joined: October 19, 2002
KitMaker: 1,570 posts
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Posted: Sunday, December 15, 2002 - 12:30 PM UTC
What would be the correct color of gray to paint the Arizona (by Banner)? SInce I build ships for relaxation I will be spray bombing the gray. Your assistance is grealty appreciated. I have also heard that the Trumpeter WWII carriers are in country. Any thoughts on that....
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United States
Joined: October 24, 2002
KitMaker: 191 posts
Armorama: 41 posts
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - 06:24 AM UTC
[Ship Camouflage

Try this website. Scroll down to the bottom. I think Arizona was ms. 1, which is mostly haze grey.

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Georgia, United States
Joined: March 08, 2002
KitMaker: 778 posts
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Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 - 06:54 AM UTC
MS1 means Measure One; the camo was dark gray lower and light gray above the funnels...this is the classic Pearl Harbor scheme for the navy, applied in late '41 when hostilities were imminent.
Vertical Surfaces:
All approximately vertical surfaces above the top of the stacks shall be painted Light Gray 5-L.
Horizontal Surfaces:
All horizontal surfaces except wood decks shall be painted Dark Gray 5-D. The systems differ only in the painting of the vertical surfaces. In case of doubt, as on sloping surfaces, use Dark Gray 5-D.

If you do a google image search, you will likely find some pre-war images when the fleet was in a light gray scheme...classic look.
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Idaho, United States
Joined: August 26, 2002
KitMaker: 414 posts
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Posted: Saturday, December 21, 2002 - 12:03 PM UTC
The big (and I mean BIG!) 1/72 scale models of the Arizona that are in the USS Arizona Memorial Museum and Interpretive Center at Pearl Harbor are in what I believe to be Measure 1. The hull and super-structure are a medium dark gray, and the fighting tops above the level of the stack are a very light gray---decks are holy-stoned teak.
There are two models of the Arizona at the museum, one as she was before the attack, and another as she is today with the Arizona Memorial atop her sunken hull with two 1/72 scale Navy divers swimming alongside her hull for scale. The models are something between 6 and 7 feet long and about 2 1/2 feet tall and wide inside their display cases.