Re: US Carrier Deck Colors WW2
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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Last edited by Oceanic First Officer; 09-28-2009 at 08:22 AM.
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