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Old 09-24-2009, 11:54 AM   #1
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Default US Carrier Deck Colors WW2

I am about to do a diorama with my 1/18 carrier based US planes from WW2. Just wondering the correct color to use for the deck color. Most pictures I see seem to be a dark gray. Is there a correct Testors or other paint manufacter color to use?
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:28 PM   #2
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WW II Carriers Have Wooden Decks. Essex Class Had 1.5" Armored Steel Plate With Wooden Tops.
The Color Depends On Which Class Of Ship And When It was Commissioned.
It Also Depends If It recieved Ugrades To The Deck Or Battle Damage.

CV 6 Uss Enterprise (Yorktown Class) Wasn't Painted At First. Bare Wood.
In Late 1942 It Was Ugraded With A New Larger Deck. I Believe It May Have Been Painted At That Time , But I'm Not Sure. I Could Be Wrong. But After Another Refit It Was Bare Wood Again.
I Know Earlier Essex Class Ships Also Had Bare Wood Like Essex, Intrepid And Bunker Hill. But Again It's Possible They May Have Been Repainted In Later Years. I Don't Know.
First Select A Time Frame & Then Research The Exact Color.
I Remember The Revell Kits For Intrepid, Boxer & Ticonderoga Suggested Testor's Deck Tan For Color.


However If You Do A Jet Converted Essex Class With New Larger, Angled Flight Decks, They Had Asphalt Coverings.

The Best Place To Find Info Is On A Warship Forum, Or The Warship Forums On The Buzz.

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I am about to do a diorama with my 1/18 carrier based US planes from WW2. Just wondering the correct color to use for the deck color. Most pictures I see seem to be a dark gray. Is there a correct Testors or other paint manufacter color to use?
Like Heavy said, it depends on the carrier. Most had wooden decks that weathered to gray, they would have "deck parties" that would take large shovel-like scrapers and walk the length of the deck peeling up splinters so aircraft tires wouldn't get punctured.
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Hi,

As I understand it, to better camouflage the carriers from the air, the decks were treated with a dark blue stain called 'Deck Stain #21'. It was about the same color as the 'Sea Blue' that the tops of the aircraft were painted in the tri color scheme. (Sea Blue over Intermediate Blue over White) But not as dark as the overall 'Midnight Blue' aircraft wore toward the end of the war.

This stain would quickly wear and weather off, leaving a scuffed and spotted surface with the tan but graying wood beneath showing through, especially in high traffic areas. Add to this all the fuel spills, oil spills and greese spotting; and you have a very dirty, worn and used appearing deck. Maintenance of the deck color just couldn't be a high priority.

I'd start by painting the whole surface a very warm (tanish) gray. Then, I'd dry-bursh a moderatly dark blue-gray (a bit more bluish) over the surface, port to starbord and back, leaving the weathered wood showing through in lots of streaks. Now, go artistic with all the spills and spots. Finally, if you want to add deck markings, paint or decal white dashed lines about a scale foot wide, 4 to 6 feet long and 1 and 1/2 to 2 feet apart. Don't forget to stain, scuff and weather them too. You might even 'replace' a board or two and leave them unpainted wood (streaks of red-brown over light tan with just a touch of gray). Hope this helps.

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Don't guess---look it up! Every ship for every year is here: Shipcamouflage.com - USN WWII Camouflage Database

You may find this useful as well: http://www.shipcamouflage.com/specia...ightDecks.html
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Old 10-03-2009, 01:17 AM   #6
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Hi Dave,

Those are REALLY great websights!!

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