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Jan 16, 2020, 02:41 PM
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Dear friends, I am building a 1:24 scale Elco to replicate PT 518 . The colors call for Deck Blue 20-B and Navy Blue 5-n. Using Tamiya rattle cans and /or Krylon etc. what colors could you recommend? Thanks for all your help.
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Jan 16, 2020, 03:39 PM
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Wow, what's the story behind that color scheme?
I can only find one reference, below, in Polish. Navsource shows PT-518 ferrying Genl. Eisenhower to Normandy: http://www.navsource.org/archives/12/05518.htm

But those B&W pics sure look like a light gray, as expected in the Channel theater.
Jan 16, 2020, 05:08 PM
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Good Question. Al Ross's "Allied Coastal Forces of World War II' does not list any information for ELCOs 510-521.
The only camouflage measures that he lists that used Deck Blue (20-B) were Measures 13 ( Haze Grey (5-H) and Deck Blue, MS 14 ( Ocean Gray (5-O)and Deck Blue, and MS 16 Thayer Blue (5-B) and Deck Blue, and lastly Adaptor (white) which used White, Black, Haze Grey and Deck Blue.
Lastly, these three photos of PT 518 from NavSource appear to indicate that she was painted Haze grey on her bridge/pilot house and I would suspect therefore the hull as well, while her day cabin roof top and surrounding structure appear very dark, suggesting Deck Blue.
Jan 16, 2020, 06:37 PM
shadow dancer
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According to what I've read both the PT 305 and the 518 were using experimental camo; supposedly very effective during straight on torpedo runs and retreat. They seem to have gotten away from the Dazzle camo.
Jan 16, 2020, 06:41 PM
shadow dancer
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Pt 305 used Deck Blue on the aft part of the hull, Thayer Blue on the forward part of the hull and Ocean Gray on the deck and the tops of the superstructure
Feb 04, 2020, 07:04 PM
shadow dancer
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PT 518 used Deck Blue ,20-b on the deck and Navy Blue 5-n, on the hull and all vertical surfaces
Feb 04, 2020, 07:09 PM
shadow dancer
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PT 518 paint scheme was referred to as Measure 21
Feb 04, 2020, 07:51 PM
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If you want the inside scoop try posting this over on the PT Boat Forum, here:
http://ptboatforum.com/cgi-bin/MB2/netboard.cgi
Feb 04, 2020, 08:18 PM
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This was found on PT forum. Note her sister along side. One appears grey while 518 appear much darker.
Feb 06, 2020, 05:15 PM
shadow dancer
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Jeno, thanks for your help


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