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taskforce5825 Jul 2020 8:24 a.m. PST

Going to paint some 1/3000 ships for USN during the Guadalcanal campaign (i.e. late 1942). Having done a bit of research but I still hesitate to put any paint on my models. Did the colors 5-N Navy Blue and 20B Deck Blue actually contain any tint of blue? They all looked more or less grey-ish to me.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP25 Jul 2020 8:43 a.m. PST

Yes they are both blue gray for varying shades of gray. 5N replaced Sea Blue which was lighter and more obviously blue but they are both blue

McKinstry Fezian25 Jul 2020 9:44 a.m. PST

20-B Deck Blue is most definitely blue but it did have a tendency towards a chalky grayish appearance with sun and salt. Even given weathering it still retained an overall blue look.

I believe USS Texas is painted in 5N (might be 5S). Lots of color pictures of her on the web.

I think a significant number of the US cruisers in the Solomons campaign were in an overall blue scheme.

This is a great resource for US camouflage.


Personal logo Cardinal Ximenez Supporting Member of TMP26 Jul 2020 4:40 a.m. PST

From the site McKinstry suggested which is a go to for me:


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