I've started to make simple bases for my aircraft models, grass, dirt, tarmac etc. For my naval aircraft I was thinking about doing a small piece of generic carrier deck, nothing really fancy and certainly not specific to a particular ship, but I would like to make it generally accurate to each nation. This would be a small piece of deck equal to or slightly shorter than the wingspan.
The little research I've done would suggest wooden decks largely went away shortly after the Korean war, when most WW2 carriers were upgraded or scrapped. So I guess my question would cover WW1-Korea, later carrier decks resembling tarmac.
I've found some wood planks that are close enough in size (based on the wheels of a fighter sitting on deck).
For the US deck color I understand kind of a medium brown into the early years of WW2, not sure after that though, I've seen reference to Insignia blue, blue grey and medium grey. A good color (most popular if there were several options) and approximate time frames would be very handy. By looking at the height of deck hands there should be a black / dark grey metal grate every 6-8 feet running with the planking, I'm pretty sure I can find something in plastic or etched metal for that.
Japan, also medium brown but a bit lighter than the US (more tan?), throughout the war. It looks like their planking ran the length of the deck, not cross deck like the US. The drain / grating goes across the grain of the planking, but much wider spacing so I can probably ignore it.
British WW2 carriers with armored decks look more like the decking on modern carriers, so I guess I'll stick with a tarmac base for them. Does this go all the way back to WW1 with the British? I do have a few WW1 and interwar RNAS / FAA aircraft kits, so it would be nice to know if the Royal Navy used wood decks at any point.
I think that pretty well covers the nations that had any significant Naval aviation prior to 1946 (and I assume no carriers built post war used wood decking).
Also appropriate an color for deck stripping would be handy. I am not currently intending to go into that much detail but it would be nice to have in case I change my mind.
I know there is some commercial decking, but the stuff I've seen is either paper / card stock or rather expensive plaster, resin etc. I can build these little bases for $5 or less so want to make my own.