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  1. Geoffrey Delves Broughton has now uploaded all of his father's photos properly scanned. The full set includes one or two extra ones of Ark Royal amongst them plus some other vintage aviation images from the interwar era.
  2. Sorry Rob but sadly I have no photos of Cumberland to either confirm or disprove overall 507C during December 1939. According to things written at the time, as a cruiser on a foreign station, she should have been so. My feeling is that the dark hull/light upperworks with patterned hangar scheme would likely have been a 1940 applied one. Late 1939 is to my mind too early for this sort of scheme, especially given that Cumberland in December 1939 was likely still wearing whatever she was wearing when she departed the UK on 31st August. The only question in my mind is how
  3. Delighted that you found something useful in them. You probably noticed that Geoffrey says he is going to have them properly scanned next week so maybe even more detail will be visible when he reposts them.
  4. Crispin, I don't know if you are a Facebook user, but if you are you might like to have a look at the "Aircraft Carriers of the Royal Navy" group. In a series of posts someone called Geoffrey Delves Broughton has shared the contents of his father's (Lt Cdr Peter DB's) photograph album including many photos of Ark Royal in 1939. I suspect that they will tell you nothing you did not already know but 80 or so nice images mainly of the FAA at work and play.
  5. I agree Jamie. Something tells me this is actually much earlier in 1943 and during the era of MS&B paints. The portside triptych is typical of the sort of set taken at the end of a major refit. I'd like to see her detailed movements for 1943 (not those at naval-history.net even though they would seem to lend credence to my suspicion), Best wishes, Richard
  6. On this occasion I agree with Raven. There is a September 1941 aerial observation report of Badsworth and Lamerton in this scheme describing it as “white with black-brown disruptions”. There is piece of war art showing Lamerton in this scheme indicating a very green middle colour (see attached). In practice I suspect that this was in reality the distinctly (olive) green grey MS3 on Lamerton rather than the much lighter (pepperminty) Western Approaches Light Green, and hence this was also the middle tone paint on Badsworth, so I have no qualms about the IBG box art representation of this colour
  7. Rob, That photo of Avon Vale (IWM FL1281) is dated 19 May 1944 so well past there era of MS&B paints and into the era of the May 1943 plus B&G series. The design is illustrated in CB3098R of 1943:
  8. and a couple showing how the searchlight platform was railings covered in canvas (Garland)
  9. Thanks Rob, A slightly different way to how I used to do it. Lets see if it works for me....success. OK Two of Garland's bridge side/top.
  10. Rob, I am certain that it is shadow from the curved lip top of the steelwork on the bridge and signal deck that is giving you the dark impression in those areas, and that the searchlight platform 'sides' had a round metal railing top. I have a number of close ups that show no wooden topping. Nor do the As Fitteds for Glowworm. For some reason I seem to be unable link to my photos via Flickr in the way I used to be able to a few months back. Can anyone explain what might be the problem? Doubtless some setting I have inadvertently activated on my PC!
  11. Rob, Please can you link to such a photo. None that I have show this (quite the reverse).
  12. Only one of the 17 suppliers of Admiralty quality anti-fouling paints supplied in green so it is the least likely colour. In the absence of D495 info I would default to red given where and when Ark Royal was built.
  13. I think Ough was trying to cover a lot of ground and probably did make the odd error here and there. For example he says “In destroyers prior to the Tribal Class ‘Corticene’ was used instead of ‘Semtex’." This is untrue. The preceding I class were the first whole destroyer Class to use ‘Semtex’ and prior to that it was trialled on Grenville. It was only specified for the Tribals because it had been found satisfactory on the I Class. He would not have had the sort of access to official documents and photos that we now have. I like that image of Piorun’s deck. It does indeed look ve
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