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Hi Tom - Paint scheme info

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Postby Rats » Thu Mar 16, 2006 11:45 pm

Tom,
It's been a long time since I've talked with you, I hope that all is well.
I cast one of my Lafayette class boomers the other day, and decided that I should build one for myself.
Now, I've been away from subs for awhile, and I've forgotten some of the things that I knew about paint schemes. Tom, or others, do you know anything about the paint schemes used on the Lafayette class?

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Postby Tom Dougherty » Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:12 am

Hi Ralph! Great to hear from you; I just sent a sub sailor your way who was looking for an LA model. Hope you still have your outstanding resin kits in production.

The boomers were usually painted red from halfway down the hull, and black from halfway up. There was also a variation in paint schemes, not very widespread, that had gray on the vertical surfaces above the waterline. Here's some photos of the red below, black above scheme:

Henry Clay in Drydock-1
Henry Clay in drydock-2
Henry Clay in Drydock-3
Lafayette in Drydock

At launch, the red is sometimes brought up to the freeboard waterline:
Stonewall Jackson Launch
Woodrow Wilson Launch
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Postby Rats » Fri Mar 17, 2006 3:52 pm

Tom,
Excellent!! That's exactly what I needed to know, thanks.
I was leaning towards doing the gray sided scheme.
I wasn't sure if the red came up to the hull centerline, or the waterline. I guess either way would work.
One minor problem, I cant open up several of the links, I could open the three of Henry Clay, but not the others, (access denied on this server). Would you be able to e-mail them to me as jpg.'s? My e-mail is still the same.

Thanks again,
Ralph
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Postby Gerwalk » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:50 am

Rats wrote:Tom,
Excellent!! That's exactly what I needed to know, thanks.
I was leaning towards doing the gray sided scheme.
I wasn't sure if the red came up to the hull centerline, or the waterline. I guess either way would work.
One minor problem, I cant open up several of the links, I could open the three of Henry Clay, but not the others, (access denied on this server). Would you be able to e-mail them to me as jpg.'s? My e-mail is still the same.

Thanks again,
Ralph

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Excellent shots Tom!
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