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Include three, twin 15-inch turrets as an option?
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 Post subject: Re: Camo quick question
PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 9:37 am 
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redalb2253 wrote:
Sorry about that it's the Scharnhorst book say's the two tone camo was used Light grey bow and stern and dark grey superstructure.

http://www.scharnhorst-class.dk/scharnh ... lyear.html

When sunk, Scharnhorst was wearing the disruptive scheme. Photos of the wreck confirm this. The two tone scheme was painted out earlier in 1943.

German Naval Camouflage, Volume Two is a good reference.

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Thanks Martin I knew the book was wrong I was looking for the color of grey on the early 43 scheme I just bought the Lifecolor Kriegmarine colors and was wondering what dark grey to use.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:24 am 
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Your not going to like this but you’ve got a couple of options. Schnelboot white bow and stern with KM51 elsewhere, or the darker version, light grey bow and stern, RAL7024 elsewhere. There is a third option that the grey on middle hull and superstructure might have been the KM mudgrey, I forget the RAL number. As with many colors for the German Navy, documentation is lacking.


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Thanks Dan that helps.

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I always found it a good idea to compare the unknown paints to the known ones (contrast-wise). I recall a b/w photo of the superstructure and that dark grey was just a tad lighter than the dark grey of the small band around the base of the bulkheads. That band was painted the same dark grey (RAL 7016) as the steel decks. It is just this that makes me believe that the dark superstructure was in range of RAL 7024. A "Dunkelgrau 51" is just too light, the contrast to the dark band around the base would be just too great.

With regard to "mud Grey", whatever that could be, there is only the "Schlickgrau 58" coming to my mind, which was a "petrol-proof" paint, and these paints were (intended to be) used on submarines only.


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Looks like Trumpeter/Hobby Boss is doing SH & GN in 1/350. Maybe a litte simpler for the Dragon haters and a better bow!


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Just started my 1/700 Scharnhorst and decided to covert it to a 1940 appearance when she sunk the Glorious. Now, I'm not sure about the AA arrangement on the funnel platform. Were there four 20mm guns or just three 20 mm guns? The 20mm Vierling came at a later stage (in Brest I assume).

Another thing that gives me headaches are these elevating platforms on both sides of the hangar. Were these already there in 1940 or were they added later? I know these carried 20mm Vierlingsflak after Scharnhorst was modified in Brest. But what about them in 1940?

The other changes I have to do:

- open admirals bridge
- Turret A with rangefinders
- deleting the 20mm Vierlinge on Turret B and on the 15cm turrets
- deleting the torpedoes
- different radar configuration

Anything else? I plan to swap most parts with the Gneisenau kit and built the Gneisenau in her later appearance.


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the 4 guns where on the stack platform in 1940.


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 Post subject: interesting color scheme
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I saw this photo on a site I regularly visit and I never have seen this scheme depicted. Can anyone comment on the colors used. The caption says it is the Gneisenau. I am not affiliated with that seller





https://www.ebay.com/itm/Foto-Kriegsmar ... Sw8BRaxJmM


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 Post subject: Paint colours
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Hi All,
As someone with very limited experience of ship building, I need to ask a few questions.

I have the Dragon kit for Scharnhorst in her 1941 configuration. Interestingly, it came with no swastika decals at all - not even the separated lines, so a new set has been purchased.
The hull is complete with only a couple of minor issues, namely the crease just aft of the bow, and the deck not quite lining up with the anchorways? which I've sorted out with some putty and painted using Tamiya Hull Red and Life Colors Dunkelgrau 51, and I've decided to do the superstructure in Life Color Hellesgrau 50. I also treated myself to the Artwox wooden deck.
As the instructions leave a lot to be desired (IMO), I've also decided to build from the bottom up, rather than build all the sub assemblies then attach them to the hull having had issues with a Trumpeter kit in the past! I'll be following the excellent build that's on here too!
Now my questions (no doubt the first of many!):-
What colours do I use on the turret tops? The box art has them yellow, but I've also seen red and dark grey?
What colour should I use for the anchors?
Thank you in advance for any help


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 10:14 pm 
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1941 for operation berlin, the main & secondary turret tops would be yellow. swastika on bow & stern decks are painted over.


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