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colin-d

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Victorian colour scheme
« on: January 27, 2010, 10:03:12 AM »

i have searched high an low for this, and not found any information as of yet, so i was wondering if anyone here could answer this little insignificant question

does anyone know the exact Humbrol Numbers for a Victorian colour scheme??

I know its Red under water, Black Hull, White superstructure and Buff funnels!!

but I would prefer the correct Humbrol Numbers??

thanks to anyone that gives me the correct answer.  :-))
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RickF

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Re: Victorian colour scheme
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2010, 01:07:37 PM »

Trying to find an exact or "correct" buff (sometimes called yellow) colour is almost impossible. The paints were generally mixed on site as required  - 50% of this, 20% of that, etc - and ships were repainted by captains, often at their own expense, in an effort to make their ships "showier" than their rivals.

There are, of course no original colour photos. Contemporary prints and painting vary considerably, even those done by the same artist - Fred Mitchell is a good example (See Ships of the Victorian Navy by Conrad Dixon)

Personally, I use Humbrol 154 - Matt Insignia Yellow, as I think this gives the right impression. Others may have different views, but I don't think there is a definitive answer.

Rick
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colin-d

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Re: Victorian colour scheme
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2010, 01:54:43 PM »

thanks for your answer Rick  :-))   thats roughly what i thought  {:-{   after i have been scratching my head and looking all over the internet and in a few books.

so if i mixed 154 with a little 103 or even a lot, i would still be on the right side for the colour scheme, and would look a little different against other Victorian painted ships.

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Re: Victorian colour scheme
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2010, 09:44:33 AM »

If it looks right it is right! There will always be a rivet-counting purist who will tell you it's wrong, but unless he has a 110-year-old, unfaded genuine paint chip from the funnel of HMS Royal Sovereign, he can't prove nothing!

Which ship are you building, by the way?

Rick
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colin-d

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Re: Victorian colour scheme
« Reply #4 on: January 28, 2010, 09:51:29 AM »

I am Building the HMS Inflexible, from the the Deansmarine's Kit with a few modifications according to John Haynes Plans, plus i have a load of Photo's showing a fair bit of details that i will try and implement. which will probably prove difficult at a scale of 1:100

http://www.modelboatmayhem.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=20151.0
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John @ WEM

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Re: Victorian colour scheme
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2010, 03:02:48 AM »

Probably a first question should be: Victorian colours for which navy?
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colin-d

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Re: Victorian colour scheme
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2010, 09:09:34 AM »

for the Birtish navy... as i dont think that HMS Inflexible served in any other Navy.

but then again someone might tell me different.
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John @ WEM

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Re: Victorian colour scheme
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2010, 05:22:31 AM »

Sorry--I was responding to the initial post and didn't see the later one.
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