Hospital ships are not camouflaged. According to international conventions they are supposed to be distinctively painted, exhibit lights at night, and maintain a steady course. These conditions are expected to give them immunity from attack. Notification of their existence is to be made via diplomatic channels.The following sketches show the appearance of Japanese hospital ships … More Japanese WWII Camouflage – Hospital Ships
A recent e-mail prompted me to put up these pictures. I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that when I could not find an available commercial model I made my own out of wood, pins, etc. These are pictures of models I made about 30 years ago. First, there are 4 small coastal tankers that were acquired … More Some Scratch Built Support Ships From My Collection
Corona virus has given me time to review some data I’ve collected in the 2 years since I posted my original series on Japanese WWII camouflage. Those posts were the ones that attracted more viewers than any others. In the post on concealment I left out heavy cruisers TAKAO and MYOKO. They were hiding in … More Japanese WWII Camouflage – Updates and Additions
Many people know that the major naval powers camouflaged their warships in the Second World War. The Russian fleet, however, has received little attention. Possibly because of the nature of the then Communist regime. In any case, here are some examples of camouflage on Soviet ships of that era.
The US Navy developed a camouflage pattern based on small stripes. It seems to have been originally intended for small, fast, motor torpedo boats, usually called PT boats at the time. The French Cruiser GLOIRE was the largest ship to carry the pattern during the war. Recently I ran across a picture of an American … More Unusual Camouflage
Here are a few more pictures of USN WWII Cruiser models. of particular interest is the one showing pre war identification markings on the turret tops. The stripes varied in number (1 or 2) and color, depending upon which cruiser division and scouting squadron was involved. The aircraft carried similar stripes on their fuselage. The … More My Models – More USN WWII Cruisers
I missed some carrier models in my previous post. This one includes more top views to illustrate flight deck markings.
My collection once had models representing every large American aircraft carrier that served in WWII. Each one was painted in a distinctive camouflage pattern. CV 2 represents the prewar measure 1 overall dark grey. That design gave way to measure 12, modified, which used three colors in a mottled pattern. almost every ship that was … More My Models – US WWII Fleet Carriers
As with the heavy cruisers, I chose camouflage patterns that were actually used. Many used the same pattern on both sides. Unique in this group is USS PROVIDENCE in post war haze gray
My collection has many examples of the various classes of US heavy cruisers. Almost all are painted in the camouflage patterns they actually carried at some time during World War Two. The US Navy called the patterns “measures”. Lower measure numbers date from earlier in the war. By 1944 the measure 31-32-33 series was being … More My Models US WWII heavy cruisers