I'm brand-new here. I'm not an R/C guy, strictly static models. I've built 24 subs in various scales, mostly nuclear but some World War II stuff.
Anyway, till now, I haven't built any Ohio class subs. Now I'm working on THREE of them: Dragon/Cyber Hobby's 1/350 scale version of the USS Maryland (which also comes with the Los Angeles-class USS Chicago attack sub), and OKB Grigorov's two versions of the Ohio, one being the original configuration and the other being the SSGN conversion.
My question: What is the color scheme these days for the Ohio-class subs? I've heard so many conflicting stories, and I want to get this sorted out before I commit to anything, although I am going to paint the OKB original version in the 1980s color scheme -- if I'm right, that is. Here's what I've been told:
1. Original color scheme was a sub that was almost all red anti-fouling paint. The only black paint was that part of the sub that was visible when the sub was surfaced. Is that right?
2. My understanding was that a later scheme involved the red anti-fouling paint only halfway up the hull, with the top half beig all black. Correct or not?
3. Thirdly, I've been told and have read that the CURRENT color scheme for all Ohio subs, including the 14 SSBNs and the four SSGN conversions, is all black. Is this the case?
I've tried to find photos to document all this, but the results are confusing at best. I've definitely seen the first two color schemes. I have not actually seen an all-black Ohio class sub, and wonder why that would be -- they still have to go into dry dock at some point, all of them, for periodic refueling of the reactor, refit etc., or at least that's my understanding.
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. While I'm at it, if anyone has this knowledge, I'd love to know the current schemes for the Los Angeles class and Seawolf class. I feel pretty confident that the Virginia class is all black and always has been, though I'm not 100 percent sure.