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Best color for North Atlantic water
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 03:42 AM UTC
I am looking at a diorama with a Flower Class Corvette under heavy seas crossing the North Atlantic during the Battle of the Atlantic, and would like suggestions on the base color of the sea.

I was blown away by Chris Flodberg's USS North Carolina diorama and would like to do something like it.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 04:27 AM UTC
For me, this was the image that conveyed the harshness of the conditions for a warship on the open seas.



In particular, I love his work on the HMS King George V. It really has that North Atlantic look to me:



For the north Atlantic, to me, it seems to be a dark blue-green in color to a dark navy blue, not at all like the bright blue of the Pacific.



A grey over cast sky makes the water more slate colored:



Actually I think the Northen Atlantic and Northen Pacific are very similar looking because of the presence of phytoplankton in the colder, northern waters.

What scale are you doing the Corevette in?
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 04:45 AM UTC

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What scale are you doing the Corevette in?


1/72nd. A little ship in a BIG scale.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 04:56 AM UTC
Oooh, did you spring for the newly released kit with all the new photoetch and brass additions?

I have an earlier release of one, without the extras, that I'm hacking up into a short forecastle version.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 05:43 AM UTC

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Oooh, did you spring for the newly released kit with all the new photoetch and brass additions?


I have the older version like you do, but will likely go for the Great Little Ship upgrades.
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 07:37 AM UTC
Here is an actual shot of ESSEX CVS-9 in the north Atlantic, winter of 1961/62 when I was aboard.





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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 07:42 AM UTC

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.....will likely go for the Great Little Ship upgrades.



Thanks for mentioning that! I just took a look over there and they plan on doing a short forecastle conversion set!

Eugene, how fun is the North Atlantic as a rollercoaster in a carrier?
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Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 09:02 AM UTC
That's a monster wave for a big ship like the Essex!

This is sorta what I'm thinking about:



or this:

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Posted: Friday, March 21, 2014 - 08:22 AM UTC
Even though I made several trips into the north Atlantic, I was unable to view the water since we didn't have windows. However, we did surface a few times, and was able to look out from the sail. The water color can change a great deal depending on the the color of the sky at the time. Bright days seemed to make the water just a tad bluer and green, while overcast seemed to make it more gray/blue. Winds will also whip the waves more, bringing up more tan/white caps. At least, that is what it looked like to me....

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Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 - 05:46 AM UTC
Thanks, David! I'm leaning to a blue-gray.