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  1. One interesting point of comparison might be the fine model of Dunkerque, Strasbourg's earlier sister ship, that used to be on display at the Musée de la Marine in Paris. One should bear in mind though that the museum's model is at 1/100 scale, i.e. a much larger, although not necessarily more detailed, model of that graceful ship.
  2. Yes, but we were talking about the neutrality markings on turrets, that in the case of the Kriegsmarine ships used the 3 national colors of Germany: Black, White and Red (red towards the bow on Turret 1, red towards the stern on Turret 2).
  3. RN ships during the Spanish Civil War had similar stripes with the same 3 colours, but in reverse order from the French practice: from the bow, red, then white then blue. Kriegsmarine ships had the German tricolor of red, white and black painted on their forward and stern turrets, which did not prevent Deutschland from being bombed with some loss of life aboard.
  4. I agree. This would be tough. Anyhow, your build being already top notch, such minute details might not matter at all, and are probably best left out. The stripes on the aircraft tail might indeed be very hard to paint, although they are regular and parallel, so that a careful use of masking tape might work. At such a small scale though, that's probably a job best left for decals, if any can be found in the aftermarket. For the blast bags, one way to address the issue might be to use a Rotring Needle Pen. It provides a steady ink flow, independent of pressure (unlike a brush), and since t
  5. The so-called Armistice markings of the Vichy period were in fact Neutrality markings, France technically having withdrawn from the war. Navy and civilian ships if other neutral nations wore those too, as did the ships of various European navies during the Spanish civil war. In the case of Strasbourg, the tricolor bands on B turret and on the top quad secondary turrets were complemented with white blast bags with black lines, and the tail of the Loire 130 float planes sported horizontal yellow and red bands on the fixed surfaces, retaining the national tricolor on the rudder. Other planes
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