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FS codes for KM paints
Posted by: Dougie ()
Date: April 10, 2004 07:11AM

The dark grey anti-fouling paint used on the lower hull, Schiffsbodenfarbe III Grau (RAL7016), was in between FS35042 and FS36076. Anti-fouling paints include poisons which gradually leech out of the paint and kill the plantlife trying to live on the hull. When anti-fouling paints lose these poisons to the water, they tend to fade, often quite quickly. So the lower hull of a U-boat that had been in the water for a month would have been quite a bit lighter than the FS codes above (the amount is subjective).

The most common upper paint was a light grey called Hellgrau 50. In practice this ranged anywhere between RAL7001 (FS36375) and RAL7038 (FS36492) (a very large range for one paint). It was supposed to have been the former.

The other two common colours used as upper colours on U-boats were the medium blue-grey Dunkelgrau 51 (RAL 7001, FS35237) and the medium-to-dark grey Schlickgrau 58 (no RAL code, slightly darker than FS36134).

Blaugrau 58/1 (darker than FS36152) and Blauschwarz 58/2 (FS35044) were much less common.

The dark grey used as the dark camouflage colour over the light grey may have been either Schlickgrau 58 (see above) or Dunkelgrau 52 (RAL7024, FS36076). According to Robert C. Stern in U-Boats In Action (Squadron/Signal Publications, 1977), Italian blue-grey (Blu Scuro, Colourcoats RM03, FS35109) was used over the Kriegsmarine light grey (Hellgrau 50) on boats serving in the Mediterranean theatre.

As for the wooden deck, there is no FS equivalent because it changed so much in appearance due to weathering. As covered elsewhere in this forum, it was coated with a black woodpreservative, and so started out as black. Exposure to the elements soon rendered the deck a muddy grey colour with a brown tinge. The more the deck was subjected to weathering, the lighter and browner it became.

Hope this helps,

Dougie

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Three U-Boat Colors? Ed VanTassel 04/09/2004 09:17AM
Addendum question.. Ed VanTassel 04/09/2004 11:07AM
Re: Addendum question.. Rainer Bruns 04/09/2004 11:32AM
FS codes for KM paints Dougie 04/10/2004 07:11AM
Re: Three U-Boat Colors Ed VanTassel 04/10/2004 10:56AM
Colours of U-boat parts Dougie 04/10/2004 11:42AM
Re: Colours of U-boat parts Rainer Buns 04/10/2004 08:07PM
Re: Colours of U-boat parts Ed VanTassel 04/10/2004 09:18PM
Re: Colours of U-boat parts Wiljan Bakers 04/11/2004 06:24AM
Re: Colours of U-boat parts Ed VanTassel 04/11/2004 10:42AM
Re: Colours of U-boat parts Dougie 04/11/2004 06:10AM
Re: Colours of U-boat parts Iain Wyllie 04/11/2004 06:34AM
Re: Colours of U-boat parts Dan Odenweller 04/11/2004 10:29AM
Re: Colours of U-boat parts Dougie 04/11/2004 11:11AM
A special THANKS, Dougie.. Ed VanTassel 04/11/2004 11:29AM
RAINER, not Ranier..very sorry.. Ed VanTassel 04/11/2004 11:34AM
Re: RAINER, not Ranier..very sorry.. Rainer Bruns 04/11/2004 11:45AM


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