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Sundance Supporting Member of TMP08 May 2009 10:32 a.m. PST

I've seen photos of Brit MTB/MGBs that are clearly light grey with the white counter-shading, but I've also seen a few that look distinctly like they have a camo paint job. I wasn't aware that Coastal Forces used camo patterns. Does anyone know if Coastal Forces used any camo patterns on the small craft? If so, what was/were the pattern(s)?

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Guntruck08 May 2009 12:59 p.m. PST

While early-war boats tended to be overall grey, a range of camo patterns were gradually introduced, mostly different shades of light/dark grey.

If you can get it, I would recommend the book 'Warship Perspectives: Royal Navy Camouflage Vol 3'

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which has a description of some of the schemes. Volume 4 of this series also shows that schemes were used in India/Burma, which were different to the craft in use in the North Sea and the Med.

The Squadron/Signal book on Vosper MTBs also has a couple of illustrations.

Top Gun Ace Inactive Member08 May 2009 1:23 p.m. PST

Early boats could be dark gray, medium gray, or light gray, overall. Decks could be the same gray, a dark gray, or a navy blue color.

One scheme is a very light gray/white, with a navy blue panel painted on the side. I have also seen this scheme with a sea green panel as well.

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