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Lusitania 1915

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  • Member since
    August, 2015
Lusitania 1915
Posted by R.M.S.Titanic on Thursday, January 04, 2018 7:31 AM

So i am about to start working on the lusitania in 1/350 scale, and want to paint her as she likely would have looked the day she sank, with black/ gray funnels.

Now im wondering what they actually looked like, were they pitch black, or more dark gray?

Also she seemed to have a gold or tan stripe, what color was this stripe?

and are there any other noticable differences from how she looked normaly?

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Thursday, January 04, 2018 8:38 AM


While I don't know anything about the ship, on a small scale model dark gray would look a lot better than pure black, plus you could use black wash to do some shading. Tan or something like that could work better than gold, for a worn, weathered look.

Hope it helps, good luck with your build and have a nice day


All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

  • Member since
    June, 2014
  • From: New Braunfels , Texas
Posted by Tanker - Builder on Thursday, January 04, 2018 9:35 AM

Hi ;

 I woild paint her Semi-Gloss black with a drop or two of white in it . She's to small for straight black .The grey on the funnels the same . Remember the darker the paint , the smaller the model will look .

 It's that old " Scale Effect " thing .

  • Member since
    August, 2015
Posted by R.M.S.Titanic on Thursday, January 04, 2018 10:07 AM

thanks, i used straight matt black on my 1/350 titanic, which works really well, dont really like the effect of semi gloss on the hull, so ill do the same on lusitania's hull, i think ill go for satin black with a drop of white for the funnels, try a few mixes.

  • Member since
    September, 2013
  • From: San Antonio, Texas
Posted by Marcus McBean on Thursday, January 04, 2018 10:50 AM

I just posted up some color pictures of the Lusitania and her funnels where a orange/red color 3/4 up the way up with the last 1/4 black to the top.  This would fit with the colors of the Cunard line.

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Saturday, January 06, 2018 6:56 PM

I'm thinking about starting the Lusitania (1/350 Gunze Sangyo) this year. I think if you have not seen this PDF you will find it of interest:



"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    July, 2013
Posted by steve5 on Sunday, January 07, 2018 4:02 AM

this should be good , two builds of the lusitania , looking forward to your's mike , with your usual , amount of thouroughness . can't wait .



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