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Paint scheme for Thermopylae

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  • From: Houston, TX
Paint scheme for Thermopylae
Posted by GS45570 on Saturday, August 27, 2022 11:52 AM
Hi folks, new here. “The Google” found me an old thread, “Need clipper ship Thermopylae deck plan.” ( https://cs.finescale.com/fsm/modeling_subjects/f/7/t/150322.aspx, which seems to be too old to be accessible when logged in…) There seemed to be a wonderful group of Thermopylae experts involved.
I recently acquired a Revell Thermopylae. While I don’t propose to make it as “correct” as the above discussion ponders, my, possibly superficial, question regards paint color. I have learned that she was launched in “White Star green.” I wanna paint her black; that’s “how a clipper ship looks” in my mind… Might there be any historical justification for me to do that, or might that be “blasphemy!” LOL!
An addendum: While I do not endeavor to build a perfect “Thermopylae,” it will NOT be Cutty Sark. (I am a lover of the “underdog,” especially when the “underdog” was demonstrably better than the “famous…” Smile

Nick

  • Member since
    September 2012
Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 2:12 PM

Maybe she was painted black when she was Pedro Nunes. She's black in all the photos I've seen, lol.

AFA finding old threads, go back to Google. This sites search doesn't. Worthless.

 

Bill

 Modeling is an excuse to buy books.

 

  • Member since
    December 2006
  • From: Jerome, Idaho, U.S.A.
Posted by crackers on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 5:18 PM

When launched, the original Thermoply was colored green above the waterline,

Happy modeling  CRACKERS

Anthony V. Santos

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    August 2022
  • From: Houston, TX
Posted by GS45570 on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 10:54 AM

As I noted, that I know. Given the bits I have learned, hoping that someone "knows more..." Perhaps "fantaizing" that, maybe in the wool trade, hopefully before the barque rig, she might have been painted black (in an economizing measure...???)

 

crackers

When launched, the original Thermoply was colored green above the waterline,

Happy modeling  CRACKERS

 

Nick

  • Member since
    November 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 11:35 AM

Merchant ships of the era were not really held to rigid standards.  The Captain of the ship could select a color if they wished to.

The colors of paint available in foriegn ports could vary, too.

Given the scarcity of confirming documents, a person could paint the kit Revell labels as Thermopoly in maroon and be as legit as using Pullman Green or black.

Mind, dep blue was a middling common color, too.

Your model, you can finish it as you see fit.

  • Member since
    October 2019
  • From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted by Tanker-Builder on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 3:50 PM

Hi!

   While the Thermopylea was White Star green( Light Pea Green ) I painted mine Maroon with a White Bootstripe. She looked so much better than black. I find the problem with Black ships and folks is this" You've seen one Black ship,You've seen them all". It is a prevailing fault of Humanity to Lump say twelve ships together even if lined up bow to bow, they are longer, shorter, and have different figureheads and modified rig. Why?"Well, they're all black so they must be the same!"

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