Japanese Lost Color in Epoxy!
As time passed extensive research has been done pertaining to the exact colors applied to the Japanese Aircraft at the time of the Pearl Harbor attack and after. Significant evidence has been found in the form of actual aircraft parts which were acquired from crashed Japanese aircraft after the Pearl Harbor attack or as souvenirs during the war. These pieces, well preserved from the affects of salt, sun and heat, have revealed that another color was widely used on the aircraft of the Japanese naval air force.
So extensive has this research been that is now strongly believed that the Grey tones which were previously identified as the top side colors of many aircraft were likely to have been oxidized examples of what is now known as "Bamboo". This color which was originally applied as a gloss quickly faded and oxidized.
Documentation of the existence of "Bamboo" can be found in the Japanese Naval and Army aircraft color and markings books produced by Ian K. Banker and Donald W. Thorpe respectively. Additionally, actual inspection of well preserved aircraft parts done by James F. Lansdale at the US National archives confirms the existance of the color. Most recently, an actual inspection of a "Zero" on display at Kermit Weeks "Fantasy of Flight" mesuem in Florida by the producer of the M&M Models - Military Aircraft Color Guide revealed small samples of the original color he U.S. National Archives confirms the existance of the color remaining on approximately 5% of the aircraft. Safe from the elements, this color was matched and reproduced for this book.
The above information has been discussed and confirmed as factual by Dave Platt A.M.A. previous scale board chairman.