I’ve mostly existed on other forums but decided to join here too. Whilst this maritime section isn’t as busy as some others there’s still modelling happening. I’ve done a little bit of archival research on the Royal Navy and their paints, but have been assisted enormously by a small number of others who have spent much, much more time than I in the archives but perhaps lacked the platform to do much with what they’d gathered. It’s been a privilege to work with these individuals, and I have learned a great deal.
Anyway, that’s me. I like paints. I thought I’d offer something for free for anyone who wishes it - a PDF download of Royal Navy Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order 679/42. Issued in 1942, it was their first attempt to give a relatively comprehensive understanding of which camouflage paints were available and how they were to be used. The original order included a catalogue of colour illustrations or “Design Plates” with pre-approved camouflage schemes suitable for different threats/circumstances for destroyers and smaller classes of ships (Cruisers and larger still had bespoke or class designs produced on demand by a team of specialists at Leamington Spa). We completed these facsimile copies a couple of years ago now and our costs are pretty much covered so I thought I’d share the sort of quality of original documentation which still survives in archives. CAFO679/42 is a great resource, but the only known surviving copy is at Kew, London and it’s not digitalised so you’d have to travel there to view it otherwise.
There normally is a nominal fee for this on the following link, but if you want the free copy just use discount code “FreeCAFO679” at checkout and a 100% discount will be applied. My webstore will then automatically mail you a download link. Hope you like it… CAFO 679/42 SEA-GOING CAMOUFLAGE DESIGNS FOR DESTROYERS AND SMALL SHIPS