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Friday, February 27th 2009, 5:51pm

A Question of Camouflage

Ahoy Shipmates,

I recently obtained a kit of the HMS Onslow,G17, the "O" Class Royal Navy Fleet Destroyer from Gremir Models. A very nice kit it is that comes with both the Dark Gray hull/ Light Gray upperworks the ship was launched in as well as the Disruptive Camouflage Pattern the ship carried in its' role as Arctic Convoy Escort. This makes it a "twofer" kit to me, being a cheap old goat, I am rather tickled in that respect. :D

While researching the ships' history, something that I like to do before beginning construction, I have been unable to find out just what year they applied the camouflage paint scheme. I am looking to see if I can't find a copy of Ravens' "O-Z Class Royal Navy Destroyers" book as further research for prospective builds to come and I am hoping that it may have some information about such things as well as particular details about the fits of these ships, one can never have too much research material.

So if any of you out there have this little bit of information, I would be interested in knowing.
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Saturday, February 28th 2009, 2:43pm

RE: A Question of Camouflage

Helli th1952,
what about asking the British Maritime Museum, Greenwich?


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Saturday, February 28th 2009, 8:46pm

RE: A Question of Camouflage

Hoi Jay,

Or at Pompey [Portsmouth] this might be also the case.

A question is answered in about one week at:

library@royalnavalmuseum.org

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Sunday, March 1st 2009, 3:46am

Thanks Gert and modelschiff,

I have fired off a broadside to that venerable institution, hopefully they won't turn a deaf ear to this "Colonial". ;)

I am finding a number of resources from White Ensign Models links to other places all around cyberspace, but so far it is a "no joy situation". The best I have been able to track it down is sometime between 1942 to 1943.

I do rather like the various Destroyer Classes from all over the world in the WWII period. All of them performed duties from the mundane to heroic during the war for such relatively small ships no matter which side they were from. My father served on board submarines at the beginning of WWII in the Pacific and was later transferred to destroyers mid war as a Chief Torpedoman. He and all his buddies related all sorts of stories to me as I grew up about these hardy little ships and their many adventures so that is probably why they fascinate me so.
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Sunday, March 1st 2009, 12:41pm

Forgotten to mention this book: :rotwerd:

ISBN 1 86176 154 6

Chatham Publishing, London, UK, 2001, 256 pages, 25 x 30,5 cm, hardcover

lavishly illustrated with highest quality pictures, hard to beat quality

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Monday, March 2nd 2009, 11:24am

My first post here :-)

Check this link and photos there.

http://grieska.blogcindario.com/2007/04/…hms-onslow.html

Link above describes an encounter at Barents Sea 31-12-1942. Looking closely at damage photo it it is clearly visible dark panel at the funnel, so at this time she was painted in special emegency fleet scheme. Upon refit she was probably repainted into dark hull/light upperworks scheme.

Hope this helps.

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