This of course all boils down to understanding what paints, stains whatever to use for my 1818 revenue cutters, but look at that image of Roger B Taney, which has a yellowish or ochre stripe and is from 1833. Is that how she should look? She also has natural wood cap rails and natural wood sides with a white bottom, natural wood masts with black mast tops. Is this color scheme completely inappropriate for an 1833 ship? Did the coast guard follow a different scheme than the American navy and if it did I doubt it was that different. From my research it sounds like black, white and green were the main paints of this time period overall.
Images are of Taney, but also a color scheme for the cutter with black wale, a white strip which I'm thinking of doing in holly, and then natural wood hull with copper plates below it. The reasoning for the natural wood hull is first that it copies Taney, second the image of Louisiana clearly shows planking from below the wale but not above the wale and while that image has no color, it leads me to suspect the artist was suggesting that the hull was painted above the wale while the rest was left natural via the diagram I posted. The masts would then be wood with white mast tops and the cap rails could be painted or left natural wood. Overall I am liking this scheme most but I'm happy to be told it isn't historically accurate. I mean why would the lower part of the hull below the wale be left unpainted wouldn't that get the most exposure to sea water?? Thoughts?
Edited by CharlieZardoz, 28 December 2016 - 04:10 PM.