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Re: 1950s Saipan CVL
PRE war carriers had mahogany stained decks. POST war did not. Yellow numbers and markings were used on carrier decks POST war until sometime in the late 1950s.
There are USN colored photos of the USS Saipan CVL with yellow deck marking but no mahagony colred deck.
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!