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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 9:45 am 
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I wouldn't pay any attention to Wright. He is a war gamer not a researcher. WEM 507 B & B 5 look about the same in the WEM tins. The flight deck color was called Bronze Grey, it's green. Sovereign has created a color for that. It's totally up to you, everything I say is just an opinion.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 5:09 pm 
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The Flyhawk kit is ok but parts are very fine and difficult to get off the sprues in one piece and the instructions are not great.
Does anyone know where I can buy the Loose Cannon model of HMS Furious in her 1918 guise, it seems to be impossible to find in UK.


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Thanks JCRAY for your opinion!


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What was Hermes' flight deck covered with; steel, or wood (for weathering purposes)? I suspect steel as the model doesn't have planking detail, but I want to be sure. :wave_1:


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:34 am 
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furious fan wrote:
The Flyhawk kit is ok but parts are very fine and difficult to get off the sprues in one piece and the instructions are not great.


I beg to differ; Flyhawk kit is fantastic, and if the parts weren't "very fine" other modellers would complain of "clunky and soft detail". I had no problem removing parts with Xuron sprue nippers, or sharp hobby knife/scalpel blade. Instructions are sometimes printed small, but they are usually explanatory. Sometimes you have to check forward to the following steps for a different view of the assembly. :wave_1:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 7:11 pm 
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Was Hermes' flight deck planked? The kit's deck is smooth like it was steel. Or was it covered in something? :wave_1:


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biggles2 wrote:
Was Hermes' flight deck planked? The kit's deck is smooth like it was steel. Or was it covered in something? :wave_1:


Steel -
I had a look at photos of them on old Postcards , which I bought on ebay over the last 15-20 years


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:00 am 
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biggles2 wrote:
Was Hermes' flight deck planked? The kit's deck is smooth like it was steel. Or was it covered in something? :wave_1:


RN carrier flight decks were normally steel. The only official paint application instructions I've seen for flight decks were written for steel decks.

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Hmmm...must have been slippery when wet! :big_grin:


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The application directions for the early war pattern 631 Bronze Grey required the decks to be cleaned back and a coat of primer applied and allowed to dry. Next, another coat of primer was applied but before drying sawdust was to be scattered. Once that primer had dried, the Bronze Grey was sprayed on top of the primer with sawdust stuck to it. This gave the rough non-slip surface.

There was a selection of purpose made non-slip paints with a gritty texture made available quite early on to replace Bronze Grey with sawdust.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:32 am 
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Hi Vladi,

The green flight deck is not unknown - it's in the Rate Books from 1933 on as pattern 631 Bronze Grey, a colour comprised of black, white and yellow ochre. It makes a dark dirty sea green sort of colour, and was the only paint prescribed by the Admiralty for carrier flight decks until the availability of non-slip paints in the full range of colours which was, from memory, mid-late 1941 I think (dick may correct me on the exact date):

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On the subject of camouflage, Raven in his update is probably closer to the truth. It has been known for a while now that pattern 507A and pattern 507B were the same shade of Home Fleet Grey. 507B was introduced following a 1929 survey of ship captains to determine whether a higher quality enamel paint would reduce the workload in repainting their ships. The consensus was "yes" and 507B was introduced as Home Fleet Grey with enamel varnish tinted to Home Fleet shade added to make it harder wearing. Early on in the war the Admiralty ordered use of enamel to be suspended for war economies and reintroduced 507A as exactly the same formula but without the tinted enamel varnish in the recipe.

So, there were no camouflage patterns made up from 507A and 507B.

Large ships did tend to have one-off designs which little seems to have been formally recorded, but the Admiralty did have views on combinations of shades for 3 colour Light Admiralty Type camouflage schemes up to 1942, prior to the withdrawal of MS1,2,3,4,4A,B5 and B6 and their replacement with G5,G10,B15,G20,B30,G30,B45 (later G45) etc from 1943. If we ignore the designs (printed on colour plates showing suggested disruptive patterns) and consider the combinations of colours as ones definitely used together elsewhere in the navy we could also consider:

1) 507A, 507C, MS4A
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2) 507C, MS2, MS4A
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3) MS2, MS4, MS4A
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4) B5, MS4, MS1
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5) 507C, MS4A, B5
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Of those (published in Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order (C.A.F.O.) 679/42 "SEA-GOING CAMOUFLAGE DESIGNS FOR DESTROYERS AND SMALL SHIPS" in 1942)) the photograph itself suggests that the darkest shade on HMS Hermes was probably either 507A Home Fleet Grey, MS2 or maybe B5 perhaps. B6 may be a candidate for one of the lighter shades, but contemporary practise for 3 colour schemes on smaller ships at least tended to favour MS4. The above is by no means intended to exclude any other suggestions - but 507A and B were the same colour - Dark Grey, Home Fleet shade.

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