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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Sep 2021 10:16 a.m. PST

I'm getting ready to paint the USS Reliance, one of the more famous revenue cutters from the Civil War. I think this model is 1:600 from Bay Area Yards, but it's not currently listed in their FB catalog.

I did some Googling, and based on a few paintings of other revenue cutters, I'm guessing the best paint scheme is:

* black hull
* inside railings (?) white OR tan (deck color); top of railings white
* white superstructure
* roof unknown (black?)
* black smokestack
* black guns in medium brown carriages

Your input? And if anyone has painted this one up, I'd love to see pics for inspiration.

Lascaris23 Sep 2021 10:36 a.m. PST

No input on how to paint them but I went to their site to check out the ships. Darn those are nice!

pzivh43 Supporting Member of TMP23 Sep 2021 11:36 a.m. PST

Sounds about right. Inside railings usually what from art I've seen. Also seen masts white from some model pics I saw on web, but not sure if that was artistic license?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian23 Sep 2021 3:28 p.m. PST

One painting of another revenue cutter from the same period showed the inside railing in natural wood, with baseboard and top white.

That's more detail than I want to paint in 1:600. LOL

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