Correct color of dark blue for the USS Essex VF-3 Corsair Korea?

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  1. [SC] Arachnicus

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    Is it Model Master Dark Sea Blue FS15042? The directions say "Deck Blue" but with some quick research, I was unable to find it? If Dark Sea Blue is not the right color would a bit of flat black make it darker?
     
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    Dark Sea Blue is the correct colour.
     
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    Awesome Catch22, thanks! Easy paint job coming.
     
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    In January 1943, the U.S. Navy released a specification that replaced the simple Blue Gray over Light Gray camouflage scheme scheme with a complex one that employed counter-shading and counter-shadowing. Four colors were used: Semigloss Sea Blue on upper surfaces, non-specular Sea Blue on the wing leading edges, non-specular Intermediate Blue Sides, and non-specular Insignia White on the lower surfaces. Four-place national insignia were again decreed on 1 February 1943 in order to further minimize the likelihood of confusion with Japanese six-place markings.
    The complex multi-color scheme was eventually replaced by an overall gloss Sea Blue one by a directive issued on 26 June 1944.
    It was eventually suggested, probably by Grumman, that the Insignia Blue surround of the national insignia was redundant and should be eliminated on all-blue airplanes. It was reportedly deleted well before the official authorization to do so was issued in June 1946. A red bar was added in January 1947 to reinstate all the colors of the U.S. flag.
     
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    Spot on Mike!
     
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    Great info.

    Are the landing gear wells under the plane Chromate green for this late model?
     
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    That one's a bit trickier, by that point a lot of them were just blue, but some were the Chromate Green.
     
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    That's what I usually do as well.
     
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    I'd have to say it is certainly one of the easier paint jobs.
     
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