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john1951

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Arctic Camo scheme
« on: May 09, 2010, 09:15:44 PM »

I intend to paint my Destroyer model in an Arctic colour scheme.
    Should I use brilliant white as an overall colour, or a slightly off-white?       
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John @ WEM

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Re: Arctic Camo scheme
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2010, 04:11:02 PM »

Hi John,

If it is an RN ship, the white used (Western Approaches White) was an off-white (accurately matched in our Colourcoats enamels as item RN 10). If it is a USN ship, it was a pure white (Colourcoats item C 03).
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john1951

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Re: Arctic Camo scheme
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2010, 05:40:22 PM »

Thanks John !
                       I've got your Western Approaches Blue And Green; was this colour scheme used on Arctic convoy Escort ships ?
                        I'm building a model of HMS Onslow.
                         If this scheme isn't accurate, I think I might apply it anyway (it just looks right !)
                          Any advice would be most appreciated though !

                                                                                                  John
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John @ WEM

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Re: Arctic Camo scheme
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2010, 11:17:07 PM »

Hi John,

If you're referring to this camouflage scheme worn by Onslow:




It is the Special Emergency Fleet Destroyer Scheme, and though similar to the Western Approaches camo, used different colours:

Used by some fleet destroyers of the 0 and P classes from mid 1942, and then by other fleet destroyers as they entered service.
Colors used: G20, B30, G45, and white.
Decks: Steel areas are painted G20, Areas of wood, cemtex, corticene, and asphalt are left in their natural co1or.
Countershading: Paint the following white: Undersides of blast shields, flag decks, boats, Pom-Pom decks and other platforms.

I cannot find any pics of Onslow actually wearing Western Approaches camo, and doubt she did so.
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