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USS Arizona - December 7, 1941, Measure 11 Variant


Few other ships have engendered the controversy that surrounds Arizona's colour at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbour, with heated words, threats and imprecations being flung about nearly as thick and fast as Japanese bombs and torpedoes that fateful morning. We're going to stand well clear, and simply offer the following: 

If you are in the Gray Camp;

For those who believe that USS Arizona had repainted into Measure 11—or some variant thereof, here are the colours you'll need:

All vertical surfaces from top of boot-topping to the level of the top of the funnel—5-S Sea Blue (US 07);

All vertical surfaces above the top of the funnel—5-L Light Gray (US 03);

All steel decks and horizontal surfaces—5-D Dark Gray (US 04)*;

All wood decks—Teak (C 01). *On the other hand, there are those who claim that Arizona had painted her wood decks in 20-B Deck Blue (Colourcoats US10) by the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor. If this is the case, then the steel decks & horizontals would also have been in 20-B. You're on your own here!

Boot-topping—Black (C 02);

Underwater hull—Norfolk 65-A Antifouling Red (US 14);

Roofs of turrets 1, 2 and 4—Insignia Red (ACUS 26).

OS2U Kingfisher aircraft—Non-specular Blue-Gray (ACUS 06) over Non-specular Light Gray (ACUS 05).


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