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New SSN-SSBN mast paint scheme (spring 2003) - bye bye Leopard spots?

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Postby Dolphin » Fri Aug 22, 2003 1:34 am

Many good images contantly coming in from the Navy sites. One interesting change I have noticed since about around April 2003 has been a change in the appearance of the mast fairings and periscopes of USN SSN's and SSBN's. The leopard spot pattern seems to be slowly being phased out on SSN's especially, and on SSBN's but not as fast (some images show a mix of both patterns perhaps in a transition period? The purpose of this leopard spot pattern first issued originally way back during WWII was to break up the masts vertical lines visually.

If you R/C and static modelers are going to depict your model SSN's perhaps as they appeared during the 2003 Iraq conflict, then you should pay attention to these subtle changes. The light gray and black leopard spot scheme is now an overall dark gray with dark black tops. Floquil grimy black overall. The Polly S fantasy color series 'Ghoul Flesh' still applies here to the fiberglass housings of the ECM masts. The periscope masts themselves also appear to use a dark gray black shade now. Looks like a new fleet paint scheme has been issued to the submarine fleet this spring 2003. Bye Bye leopard spots? See images below taken this April-August. Examples below.

http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=7110
http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=8983
http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=8933
http://www.news.navy.mil/view_single.asp?id=7017

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Postby Seawolf » Fri Aug 22, 2003 3:49 am

Don't know why the link didn't work for me :( (maybe it is a server problem - anyway I'll try it on other server later).

thanks for the info - as a subs static modeller, this is a valuable information :D
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Postby Tim Morris » Fri Aug 22, 2003 1:22 pm

regarding picture number four from the links above showing terry bradshaw on the bridge

terry is riding along to show em how to save a buck or two.

1. charge all employees for riding along during training.

2. bring back trade goods from all countries that will accept canned meat as payment.

3.never allow politicians like Hillary on board ever ever ever.

4.never allow a person who has been a mechanic prior to entering the navy to touch anything at any time.

5. Friday night is the company casino night. with all profits going to the US Navy.




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Postby Wayne Frey » Sat Aug 23, 2003 8:43 pm

Steve,
I have tried to e-mail you,but your e-mail link came back sending my letter into a suspect file.(I'm innocent,really!!)
E-mail me,or look in your suspect file.
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Postby Dolphin » Sun Aug 24, 2003 1:01 pm

Hi Wayne,

Try again now. It is just my normal high email security of late. Worked great. The guards at the main gate said your retina scan was questionable (probably due to blood shot eyes working very late nights in the model shop - common amoung SC members - quite normal really) and your driver's license had expired....LOL. Running things like a SAC base....ummm...I mean SUB base. There's a war on #### it. LOL.


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Postby Seawolf » Sun Aug 24, 2003 9:24 pm

guys, uhm - any advise so I can look at the links ?
I've tried from my office and home still cannot get through :(
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