Hmm! Let's 'Cut to the chase'!
First; I've never been on a ship, naval or civil, and I've been on a few during my 30 odd year career designing COMMS system
s for ships, mostly naval, that used gloss paints
OR matt paints
, whether for scale or full size, rapidly shows the wear marks where folks tread or grab or where we habitually grab it on model
This rapidly creates a shiny effect, like the seat of your favourite, most comfortable and ancient trousers (which the Missus probably wanted
to throw out years ago but you are fighting a REARguard action
During WW2 the emphasis was on reducing the reflectivity of paints
Gloss on a ship / boat MAY not look any different from satin
or matt at a distance BUT; it will reflect sunlight and flash which attracts attention and betrays the presence of the vessel
. Furthermore gloss
shows the wear and tear marks much sooner than satin
Whether matt paints
were available or not in those days I don't know, but even if they were I don't think they would have been used after the initial durability tests on board.
Having seen the paint
part numbers, all BS381C xxx, specified on the Thornycroft 'blueprints' that Martin sent me, I would say that the paint
colours you need Morkullen are
RN Light Weatherworks grey BS381C 676 = Colour Coats M01
RN Dark Admiralty grey BS381C 632 = Colour Coats M16
RN Light Admiralty grey BS381C 697= Colour Coats M23
See page 3 of the colour chart, see attached colour charts from Sovereign Hobbies for their Colour Coats paints
, which have been derived from original Admiralty paint
chips.. Colour Coats are enamel
If you prefer acrylic
try Life Colour set CS33 Royal Navy WW2 Set 1.
See page 6 of attached Life Colour catalogue.
ing, don't forget to post pics / vids of the results👍
Cheers, Doug 😎
PS have a look at the recent HMS Campbeltown 1/96 thread for further detail of the recent discussion on WW2 RN paints
BTW; if I feel after paint
ing that the finish is still too gloss
y I give it a blast of Lord Nelson satin
, or in extreme cases, matt clear varnish.
Otherwise I agree with Reilly's comments👍