1250 SCALE MESSAGE BOARD
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Posted by Paul on 7/22/2018, 6:22 pm, in reply to "Well...
I built this model as a kid, around 1955. And I painted the deck tan just like the box cover. Very attractive I thought, and still do. I loved the model. Lots of planes; F4U Corsairs and F9F Cougars, if I recall correctly. But so far as I know, in reality none of these ships ever had tan colored decks like this.
Pre-war carriers had decks painted mahogany: A dark reddish brown with yellow stripes and identification letters. None had light tan decks. FORRESTAL worked up with a tan colored deck. Apparently this was experimental. It didn't last, and within a year the deck was painted dark gray. I have seen photos of ENTERPRISE CVN 65 at sea with a tan colored deck. I think this was just during trials and only temporary, but I don't know the story there. https://www.google.com/search?q=Revell+FDR+MODEL&client=safari&hl=en-us&prmd=sivn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiVur71grTcAhWOJHwKHQu8Cd8Q_AUIEigC&biw=768&bih=922#imgrc=U9ruK1QY7VEFuM:
A possibly similar question came up a while back re: the Wiking Forrestal Class carriers and their yellow colored decks, the plastic ones (I have one). Someone (most likely Paul) posted a terrific answer to the question.
I don't know if this is similar to what your are asking and, if so, I don't know how far back the archives go for this forum.. Cheers.
One of my favorite bigger-scale model builds as a youth was the Revell USS Midway.... as I recall, the box art showed her in bare wood decks with chrome-yellow deck markings, a la pre-war USN CV practice. Was there a time (if so, probably between 1946 and 1950) where any of the ships in this class appeared this way? I doubt it, but it would make for a fun re-paint if so!