May 14th, 2013, 12:44
Back when I was a young pup (and used to belong to IPMS) I was equally pedantic about RLM color chips, etc.
Then in 1969, I spent a nice one year vacation on the then Republic of Viet Nam courtesy and commission appointment of President LBJ...
There I saw more aircraft than you can count with the fingers and toes... of a battalion... NOT TWO OF THEM... had the same color shades... and I mean...
the camouflage patterns and all... were dissimilar... I discovered (how naīve can one be) that UV radiation, heat, rain, condensation, etc. and myriad other
phenomena can change factory finish colors... Even natural metal changes... I got a ride to visit my parents in Uruguay from Gen. Maxwell, then
commander of Howard AFB in Panama just before I went to war... and you should have seen his personal C-118... gleaming like the chrome on a
1957 Buick! While waiting for my ride, his crew chief showed me around the aircraft... I was astounded by the gleaming finish... and he confided in
this super-green Captain that he had orders to cannibalize any C-118 passing through Howard for any parts that where newer or shinier than the
Old Man's mount... Similar aircraft in Viet Nam, Germany, etc. later seen in my military career were more often than not very oxidized and dull... uneven shine panels, etc.
So you see... rivet counters out there... dwelling on the precise color saturation or shade is purely a pedantic and... in my modest opinion... futile endeavor...