Wonderful model, John, and well-spotted photos, Jeff.
: 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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