How Navy’s New Tricks Concealed Ships (Apr, 1946)

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How Navy’s New Tricks Concealed Ships

Based on established and reliable optical laws, the Navy’s World War II camouflage used black and white ! painted patterns on vessels, producing startling visual deception that was confounding even at a 50-foot range. Strongly contrasted stripes in the designs made accurate observation virtually impossible. False, shadows created most deceiving illusions of shape. Sterns were “shortened,” gear was “hidden,” and entire ships were “heeled” through the scientific use of paint. The ineffective battleship gray and Dazzle System of camouflage (left) were rendered obsolete.

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  1. nlpnt says: February 19, 20086:38 pm

    Car manufacturers do this (among other tricks) to disguise prototypes testing on public roads.

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