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hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2007 10:08 a.m. PST

Some information on colors of the French CV Bearn, from the Internet and other sources:

(original text)
- Jusqu'en avril 1932 : gris-bleuté moyen (oeuvres mortes), faux-col ą mazout noir, pont d'envol bois naturel (jaune-brun : bois d'iroko), autres ponts gris acier foncé
(Mark's amateur translation?
- Up to April 1932: medium blueish-grey (above waterline), funnel cap black, flight deck natural wood (yellow-brown Iroko wood), other decks dark steel grey
(note on color of Iroko wood:
Name:- Iroko Sources:- West Africa Colour: Initially yellow but darkens to dark brown Advantages:- Looks like teak and has the properties of teak but is only half the price. Naturally one of the most durable timbers because it contains natural oil. It needs no preservative outside. Uses:- Furniture, exterior and interior joinery. It may also be used for floors, veneers, cladding and construction work. It is a teak substitute.

(original text)
- Avril 1932 -> 1943 : idem sauf oeuvres mortes gris clair n°1
(Mark's translation)
- April 1932 -> 1943 : ditto, except for above waterline light grey no. 1

(original text)
- 1-1-1945 -> 13-8-45 : camouflage américain "measure 33/4A" : oeuvres mortes Light gray, Ocean gray, Navy Blue, pont d'envol Flight deck blue, autres ponts Deck blue

(Mark's translation)
– 1-1-1945 -> 13-8-45 : American camouflage "measure 33/4A" : above waterline Light Gray, Ocean Gray, Navy Blue, flight deck Flight Deck Blue, other decks Deck Blue.

Here is an image showing an interpretation of these colors. Note that flight deck markings could vary; in particular, see page 82 of "Navies of the Second World War, The French Navy, Volume 1" by Henri Le Masson.

Some links I found on the Bearn, some with photos:

MDIvancic Inactive Member31 Mar 2007 3:49 p.m. PST

Here's a review of a 1/400 scale model of the Bearn:


Here's the company's web site:

Go to the Gallaries section and look under "Jean-Marie Aubin".

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2007 4:16 p.m. PST

Great links MDIvancic!!

Here's another link derived from yours, showing the model of Bearn in the Paris Musee de la Marine:


Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member31 Mar 2007 9:16 p.m. PST

Fantastic! I've always liked this little French carrier. I wonder which other aircraft did she operate during her career?

Thanks, hindsTMP.

Paul A Hannah Inactive Member04 Apr 2007 2:50 a.m. PST

Here's a shot of my model of the "Bearn", a 1/2400 scale "Panzerschiffe" resin casting


There are, no doubt, errors in the color-scheme, as I didn't have much more than a b/w to guess at when I painted it some time ago. Had fun, though, dressing up the crude, little "Panzerschiffe" casting with antennae, etc.

//Paul in Seattle

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2007 5:27 p.m. PST


Very nice job. You guessed better than I did on the deck color of my 1:6000 version. Lacking other info, I made mine the same grey as the decks on British CVs. I was thinking of repainting, but perhaps I should just make another…

My stock image of the 1:6000 Figurehead Bearn plus 2 DDs: picture

Mark Hinds

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