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10 Mar 2019 1:39 p.m. PST
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teper196110 Mar 2019 1:28 p.m. PST

Its been widely reported that the colour scheme of HMS Victory at Trafalgar was a pale yellow (looks more like orchre to me). Traditionally we (well I) have painted all (well most) of my British ships in a yellow/black (not in the Nelson chequer as I know that didn't come into effect until after the battle). So my question is, should all British ships at Trafalgar be painted in this 'pale yellow' rather than the bright yellow we often see?

JimDuncanUK10 Mar 2019 1:51 p.m. PST

You live close enough to go look and see.

dragon6 Supporting Member of TMP10 Mar 2019 2:28 p.m. PST

I think you should go with what you think looks best.
Besides almost all the models already painted are in the brighter yellow aren't they? evil grin

Timmo uk10 Mar 2019 2:40 p.m. PST

It was Captain Hardy who opted to use the standard paint, supplied by the RN. Captains who were of greater means could buy the colours they preferred.

I'd therefore suggest (but don't know for certain) that the ships wouldn't all be the same colours. For example, at the Nile there were a few British ships painted in red and black.

teper196110 Mar 2019 2:59 p.m. PST

I go at least once a year to the historic dockyard, more often to Portsmouth itself. Love it there, highly recommended if you have never been.

I guess since we don't really know for sure what the colour schemes where for the vast majority of the fleet, (it appears that most paintings were commissioned many years afterwards), perhaps shades of yellow is the way to go as paints would have faded due to weathering over time anyway. thanks for the responses.

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