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yarkshire gamer03 Nov 2016 11:11 a.m. PST

OK people who knows their stuff ?

After the joy of Project Jutland I am weening myself of the ship painting by filling out my collection with the main ships not at the great battle.

I'm in the middle of doing Courageous (GHQ 1/2400) and I'm struggling to confirm deck colour. The GHQ catalogue shows the ship decks Light Grey whilst I have found computerised plans with the decks the standard wood colour and another with a dark grey almost black deck.

The model has lots of deck detail and it doesn't look like planking, any thoughts ?

Regards Ken

David Manley03 Nov 2016 11:51 a.m. PST

Most illutrations and models I've seen use natural wood, but I have also seen a few references to grey. This is a particularly good example, a web page covering the build of a Courageous model in 1/700 that shows grey main decks


If the decks were painted in non-slip grey then, to be honest, anything goes since if it was anything like the coatings I've seen used on warships over the last 25 years or so it goes on dark and fades rapidly. I remember conducting an inclining experiment on HMS Cornwall in Devonport in the 1990s during a maintenance period. Some areas of the deck were repainted or patch repaired in that time, some at the previous maintenance period and some at other times prior to that. The new stuff went on a very dark grey (almost black), some areas were what you'd expect them to be – close to Humbrol 27, other areas had faded so much they were virtually indistinguishable from the light grey of the superstructure sides

paul liddle03 Nov 2016 12:01 p.m. PST

I found this model with mainly dark grey decks, it is dated to 1918. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see the finished model.


paul liddle03 Nov 2016 12:03 p.m. PST

Too slow!.

David Manley03 Nov 2016 12:15 p.m. PST

I've just taken a close look at John Roberts' excellent new edition of his book "British Battlecruisers" wherein there are several photos taken on board Courageous and they show bare steel decks in 1918

yarkshire gamer03 Nov 2016 12:39 p.m. PST

Cheers everyone looks like grey it is, David in your book do the decks look dark grey like the model ?

Regards Ken
The Yarkshire Gamer

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