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Old January 31 2014, 11:59 AM   #240
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Re: Oberth Class the missing link between Enterprise and Reliant

I found the quote:

During the refit, Enterprise was given an additional, although minor, footnote in Star Fleet history. In order to save adding many tons of mass to the vessel, it was decided, for the first time ever, not to paint a Federation vessel with the customary light-grey thermocoat. In fact, Enterprise's pearlescent, bare-alloy appearance was so favourably received that Star Fleet has eliminated thermocoat from all vessels of 90,000 metric tons and above.
(MSGttE, page 13)

Grissom, being a "scout class vessel", would be exempt - hence the untextured TOS-style hull colouration.
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