On all the USN ships I served on, and many others where I have looked closely at photos, the ladder rails and railings up there are frequently painted white (very light grey in small scale). They frequently have a ton of fancywork on those railings too, but that is well past the line I draw for 1/700 scale.
: Any PE effort can look bad if it's botched.
: For me 1/700 railings are admittedly
: difficult, so I only use them on high
: visibility areas like the bridge
: superstructures and platforms. Just my two
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: 'Just offering an empty whiteboard for some
: opinions re railings on 1/700 ships.
: After having used PE and ultra-fine wire on
: an Armed Merchant cruiser (fictitious, from
: the Aoshima liner) and WW II BB Alabama)...
: ...'am in a bit of a quandary regarding
: railings and rigging on 1/700 ships.
: Viewing prototypes from 2 feet (1/4 scale
: mile) or 4 feet (1/2 scale mile),
: "should" railings and flag lines
: etc. rigging be visible? One-half-inch
: diameter wire line or 1 1/2 inch diameter
: stanchions are mighty small at 1/4 or 1/2
: Yet, 1/700 ship models look simultaneously
: "naked" without railings and
: rigging and oft "overdone" with
: Thoughts? Thank you.