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The Gonk Inactive Member03 Sep 2012 8:30 a.m. PST

Here's the best picture I've found:


Here's another:


Seems to be a darker blue-grey. Any suggestions about the correct color?

captain canada Inactive Member03 Sep 2012 8:47 a.m. PST

I have watched a lot of Hollywood movies so I know that the RN never did a thing, let alone land American Heroes. Obviously a faked shot.

Isn't the colour sea gray? I will look to see.

captain canada Inactive Member03 Sep 2012 8:52 a.m. PST

Its either 507b or b5.

dglennjr03 Sep 2012 8:56 a.m. PST

This is what I went with:



David G.

captain canada Inactive Member03 Sep 2012 8:56 a.m. PST

The link photo is more B5.

corvettek225 Inactive Member03 Sep 2012 9:09 a.m. PST

Kodachrome pictures from the 1940s are simply wizard. The colors are always a bit dark, and yet the contrasts are amazingly crisp.

That being said, in my opinion, the LCAs are painted Royal Navy B5; Vallejo paint no. 60 "Intermediate Blue". The ship itself appears to be a pattern of MS 1, B5, B6, and 507 C.

Follow the link to more information on the Royal Navy paints: link


The Gonk Inactive Member03 Sep 2012 9:41 a.m. PST

Thanks, guys!!!

War In 15MM03 Sep 2012 1:07 p.m. PST

David Glenn, I have a couple questions about your LCI. Please understand that my knowledge of landing craft is not great. With that said, your resin LCI doesn't have the appearance of what I have seen in terms of US LCI/Ls. Is yours a specifically British version? Also could you please tell me the name of the manufacturer. Until now I have only been away of the Lindberg kit LCI which is both small and long out of production. I'd appreciate any information you could provide. Thank you. Richard

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member03 Sep 2012 2:40 p.m. PST

When I was a kid they were all gray on our B&W TV.

The Gonk Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 12:52 p.m. PST

Any pointers on how to paint the crew? I'm guessing that's actually a dark blue, not black? And the LCAs I have, the crew appear to be wearing helmets.

corvettek225 Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 2:10 p.m. PST

Here is a great link. It is of a plastic model, but the details are spot-on.

Here is a "King and Country" set with some tips.

Here's more from the IWM.


dglennjr17 Sep 2012 12:37 p.m. PST

War in 15mm

Yes, I think the LCIs I have is a British version and was from Britannia Miniatures. link

David G.

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