Uniforms & Insignia of the Navies of World War II: Compiled by US Naval Intelligence, Introduced by Andrew Mollo, Greenhill Books, 1991 (ISBN 1-85367-097-9)
The Royal Navy 1939-45: Ian Sumner, Osprey Publishing, 2001 (ISBN:1.84176.195.8)
Royal Navy Uniforms 1930-1945, Martin J Brayley, The Crowood Press, 2014 (ISBN:978.1.874797.844.9)
1. Ratings (Gunthwaite sets GM72-001 and GM72-002):
The collar has three white tapes (stripes). Don't attempt to paint three white lines - in our view it's more effective and looks more in scale just to paint one white stripe.
2. Officers (Gunthwaite sets GM72-003, GM72-004 and GM72-013):
3. Tropical Uniforms (Gunthwaite sets GM72-008, GM72-009, GM72-010, GM72-011, and GM72-012):
Sailors wore a wide variety of footwear with shorts. Gunthwaite figures of sailors in tropical uniforms have vague detailing on their feet deliberately so that figures can be painted with shoes, plimsolls or sandals.
4. Working Dress (Gunthwaite sets GM72-005, GM72-006 and GM72-014):
Working clothes could vary considerably in colour from dark blues to pale greys, or white. In a maritime environment, work clothing worn on a day to day basis is likely to fade.
5. Foul Weather Dress (Gunthwaite sets GM72-017 and GM72-018):
Give oilskin suits and coats a coat of semi-gloss varnish to replicate the material.
The special release of modern Australian sailors provides some challenges in painting disruptive pattern camouflage uniform. The Australian Camouflage pattern is distinctive and has been described as "jelly bean", "bunny ears", "hearts and bunnies" or "Ozcam".
The Distruptive Pattern Naval Uniform (DPNU) is a 5 colour pattern using littoral (coastal) colours. My interpretation is that there are two shades of grey over a pale grey base with olive green and dark blue/grey patches.
The Disruptive Pattern Camouflage Uniform (DPCU) is the same 5 colour pattern using pale sandy green as a base, two shades of tan/brown and two shades of green.
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