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Re: IJN Ibuki New Model
Posted by Roger Dawson on 1/26/2018, 12:56 am, in reply to "Re: IJN Ibuki New Model"
The camouflage design on HMS Victorious was similar in concept to that on HMS Furious and of the type referred to as Admiralty Disruptive patterns. They were applied before the USA joined the Allies and a battleship equivalent was on HMS Prince of Wales (but not on her decks). Victorious was sent to the Far East to help with the war against the Japanese and it was better for her to act in close co-operation with US forces. Whist operating with USS Chicago, the hull and superstructure were changed to "Chicago Blue" but the deck was not re-painted and retained the camouflage pattern.
: Great job John. Based upon the resources I
: have available your flight deck markings
: pretty well match what is shown. Not all
: IJN and IJA carriers had camouflage patterns
: painted on them late war. Examples of this
: are the Shinyo, Taiho, Shinano, Hosho, and
: One does have to wonder how this affected
: the pilots that had to land on the carriers
: with the camouflage used by the IJN.
: Depending upon light conditions this may
: have presented a challenge to the pilots.
: I did find some sources that show the RN did
: reportedly apply flight deck camouflage to
: the Victorious from May 1941 till late 1942
: & again when she served with the USN in
: the Pacific, the Furious in 1943, and
: Formidable in 1942. So I wonder what the
: reason(s) is/are that the camouflage was
: discontinued. 1. Pilot complaints, 2. lack
: of effectiveness, 3. hard to maintain on
: horizontal surfaces that get a lot of sun
: causing fading and a lot of touch-up, and 4.
: limited paint store space for painting such
: a large surface.
: To my knowledge the USN flight decks were
: pretty much all painted in one color.
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