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Re: Camouflage colours. For Mr Duff
Good morning Alan,
Thank you for the message and it's good to hear from you.
I too hadn't heard of G40 before but like Richard would be keen to learn where I can find out more.
I have seen reference to G30 in 1942, but the context was evaluation of paint colour properties to become the 1943 G&B series. The colour coordinates recorded in that document (AD.29) and the Grey-30%LRV nomenclature both hint at the paint in discussion possibly being a sample of MS4. As you will know, G30 didn't survive the next 6 months or so (for which I'm unaware of any surviving documentation of those deliberations) and didn't appear in AFO2106, or any other AFO for the rest of the war unless we've read the compiled books and still missed it (I wouldn't put that past myself but Richard has a keen eye).
I am very interested though, particularly as it would be tonally extremely similar to G45 and presumably couldn't have had a strong hue to still be classed as a G paint.
and I'm very happy to discuss further and see what I/we can pick up!
G40 is new one. I think that this is the first time it has ever been mentioned in any writings on the subject of RN WW2 paints including your own previous articles and books. There is no mention of G40 in any of the official wartime documentation that I have come across. Please can you point me to where I can find the evidence of its existence.
I happened to see Mr Duff.s camouflage table on the Model Warships site, and going through it I could not find the colour G40, which came into use in late 1944.
Also, there were several shades of mountbatten Pink that went right down to where the light mediterranean grey of pre war use had a touch of red put in. This is worth mentioning I feel.
In the period leading up to WW1, each command, ie, Portsmouth, Plymouth and others used a different shade of grey so as to visually distinguish between ships of different commands. This information came from a retired constructor and a couple of very old sailors who had good memories. Each of their stories added up. Do with it what you will. Photos, even allowing for the many variables, appear to give some confirmation.
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