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IJN Battleship hull colors

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This is for the WWII Naval fans and experts ... in model ships.

I have the aircraft carrier Akagi and the battleship Kongo. Some sources says Dark Gray, another says Neutral Gray, while others say IJN Gray (later discovered its for IJN aircraft).

What colors does anyone recommend for painting IJN warships?

Thanks for your help,

Jack Bogart

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Mr Color "Kure Arsenal" line of IJN colors are very nice. Full line of hull colors, flight deck colors and bulkhead colors.

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You may also want to check out White Ensign Models - they do a full line of IJN colours in enamels that are not bad. If you are going for excessive accuracy, be aware that colurs were not consistent and depended on the shipyard that originally built or had refit the vessel.

However, there is also Tamiya Kure Grey - for the average individual, I doubt they would question the accuracy.

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Hi

I'm building the Tamiya 1/700 kit of the above and can't find any color

info. for the ship (could it be because my instruction are in Japanese? 8-)

So I was wondering if someone could provide me with the following deck color,

overall all color, and anything else you can think of. I know some parts

are painted white by the box art but can't really tell the rest.

Thanks

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Not 100% accurate but on my 1/700 Aoshima IJN Yukikaze so far I used

MM Gunship Gray for dark gray, Tamiya Linoleum Deck Brown on

non metal decks, MM Dark Red spray for hull below water line, Flat Black

on stack tops and Flat White on gun boots. HTH---John

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I have the aircraft carrier Akagi and the battleship Kongo. Some sources says Dark Gray, another says Neutral Gray, while others say IJN Gray (later discovered its for IJN aircraft).

What colors does anyone recommend for painting IJN warships?

Thanks for your help,

Jack Bogart

Hi Jack,

The answer is: it varied. While there was officially only one gray, in practice the four main IJN shipyards--Sasebo, Kure, Maizuru, and Yokosuka--each produced and used a slightly different variant of the basic gray. So you need to know what period you're modelling, and where a given ship was based or where she last repainted. I've done the research, and cover virtually the entire IJN in "Imperial Japanese Navy Greys: A Ship-by-Ship Compilation", available here:

https://www.whiteensignmodels.com/c/FleetSchemes+Warship+camouflage+notes/249/1/

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