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Re: SMS Luetzow particulars
Sorry about the red funnel mistake. I had been collecting information about the red funnels for years and I have decided only to paint funnels red on my collected models where I have seen a photograph of a dark after funnel on b&w photographs. The only battlecruisers that I can confirm had red funnels at any time were Moltke & Seydlitz (Moltke 1915 or early 1916 and Seydlitz 1916 & 1918). Derfflinger had red turret faces in but grey funnels in 1915.
Willi Stoewer was the name. I should have called him a marine artist, since the war tanked his career, so to speak. I do remember the red funnels from the Life magazine spread done back in the '60's for the 50th anniversary of Jutland.
Roger, I think you have it backwards regarding the red funnels. They were a means of identifying friendly ships at gunnery ranges, but not something you want potential spies to discover in port, so they were painted on when the fleet went to sea and painted out before it returned. You see them on paintings by the German war artist who was with the fleet at Jutland (can't recall his name).
Luetzow was painted standard German two tone light grey throughout his short life and had torpedo nets when sunk. Main decks were wood and other decks should have been dark grey but some German modellers say that some ships had red oxide decks in WW1 but I would stick to grey. Red funnels should not have been used at sea, only in port. I do not know if any turret tops had white circles on black on the day.
Currently finishing up a rebuild of SMS Luetzow, sunk at Jutland. Somewhere I saw some info on her appearance in WW1, paint job, etc., anti=torpedo nets and when removed, rear funnel color. Can anyone help? I now can't find the stuff I read. Either a "go there and you will find it" or your own knowledge will help. TIA.