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colkitto13 Aug 2018 2:10 p.m. PST

I thought the Spanish ships were black, white and yellow/buff, but I came across this interesting website where the bloke sound like he knows what he's talking about:


According to him C Colon was black with yellow funnels on the voyage to Cuba, then black overall at Santiago. (Incidentally this site says Colon had dummy guns in place: )

The model guy has also got a diorama with Infanta Maria Teresa also in black overall. Anyone got similar sources? I can see it makes sense, although from an aesthetic point of view the white and yellow make for prettier models.

Also found a sentence in Wilson's Battleships in Action which says the Americans were painted light grey green. I suppose that's a matter of interpretation!

Texas Jack14 Aug 2018 4:14 a.m. PST

This (from WTJ) is how I painted mine up years ago:
Peacetime: Most ships had a black hull with white upperworks (superstructure) and ochre funnels. Some light vessels were seen to have all white hulls and upperworks with ochre funnels. Wartime: No special wartime colors are known.

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colkitto20 Aug 2018 1:26 p.m. PST

Have also just noticed that Wilson says the Spanish ships at Manila were grey!

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