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wardog31 Jul 2019 1:46 p.m. PST

no modern navy painting guide only ww2, so have to put here
hope ok
have a 1/3000 royal navy type 22 broadsword frigate and would like if some one could tell me what color should the deck be ,looks like a light brown but i have heard it is more a copper color?
later royal navy decks were a gray i think ?
did the broadsword gain a gray deck before decommissioning?
oh recommend a color please

22ndFoot31 Jul 2019 2:16 p.m. PST

Grey here:


dragon631 Jul 2019 3:48 p.m. PST

Deck: Royal Navy Light Weatherwork Grey BS381C 676 used since the 1960s.

Colourcoats NARN52 (M01) is their match.

Hull/vertical surfaces:Royal Navy Light Admiralty Grey BS697

Colourcoats M23 Royal Navy Light Admiralty Grey BS697

Remember scale effect if you are into that

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP31 Jul 2019 4:47 p.m. PST

Depends upon the period.

Also green decks as well, IIRC, shortly before the Falklands (and perhaps some during it), though the majority consensus seems to be dark gray for most vessels in that conflict.

David Manley31 Jul 2019 10:47 p.m. PST

Type 22 decks were dark grey. When applied it was almost black, but it faded quickly. I was the project naval architect for the class back in the 1990s, when we inclined Cornwall during an upkeep she had some new deck coatings, some old, and some of the old areas had faded so much that they were almost the same shade as the light grey vertical surfaces

David Manley31 Jul 2019 10:53 p.m. PST

Deck coatings were transitioning from green to grey around the time of the Falklands. In general, older ships green, newer grey. For example my pre-seawolf refit Leanders are green, T21, 22,abd 42 are grey

Midlander6531 Jul 2019 11:32 p.m. PST

dragon6 has the colours a bit mixed up.

Light weatherwork grey (BS381 676) was the hull sides and superstructure colour from the late 1960s to date. This is a very light grey but the apparent colour varies a lot depending on light. I use Vallejo light grey with white added. I should have added more white in the example below!

Light Admiralty grey was the hull sides and superstructure colour in the early 60s and is a very blue-green grey. See HMS Cavalier at Chatham.

Through the 60s and 70s, decks were a dark green Royal Navy Deck Green, BS4800-14C39 (I use 2/3 Vallejo German Uniform, 1/3 Vallejo Flat Green).

Flight decks in this period were Dark Admiralty Grey BS381C 632 or Dark Sea Grey BS381 638 the two look virtually identical to me. From 1978, this was used for all decks so this is the colour for your T22s. I use Vallejo 992 Neutral Grey as a close match.

I've put a lot more about these colours on my 1/1250 model ship blog.

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