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What prompted the question was my recent purchase of three different Aeoshima 1/700 scale kits all of the Akizuki Class. I know you can't take box art that seriously but one of the boxes, a later release perhaps, had no back cover box art at all, but the two that did showed one with the normal linoleum you have come to expect, and the other had a gray steel deck of the same color as the rest of the ship. I remember a Tamiya box art showing the same thing, an all gray deck too. So it just got me to wondering.
I agree there is no standard color for the linoleum covering. I have used Tamiya's offering several times, and I think one of the Model Master colors, Leather I believe, in the past. I am always on the lookout for some color that would show those deck coverings in a well used status, but have yet to find a paint I think fits my image of what they should be.
Was there ever a time during World War II that the Japanese Navy stopped using Linoleum for deck covering in the destroyers and cruisers, or had previously installed linoleum removed as a fire hazard?
It has become nearly an article of faith to have brown painted decks meant to simulate linoleum deck coverage on IJN destroyers and cruisers and I would have no thought of doing anything else, but still I wonder was it still in use as strategic materials became a real problem for Japan from 1943 onward.
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