Keith Butterley <keithbutterley(at)shaw.ca>
From time to time, people would like to build a model of the Iroquois and enquire about the paint scheme.
Iroquois was originally in a WA Scheme the colours being WA Blue and white, decks B30, masts white. She then went to a Light Admiralty Disruptive scheme the colours being 507A, B5 and 507C, decks G20, tops of masts and crowsnest white. In 1943 all ships wore a variation of the Special Home Fleet Destroyer Scheme. This is the scheme most of us are familiar with. Originally the scheme had two colours, B55 and white, then later went to three colours, G10, G45 and white. Next came a four colour version being G20, B30, G45 and white.
The scheme evolved a bit over this time frame as well and not all ships were exactly alike. In the second half of 1944, the Tribals went to a an Admiralty Standard (Light Tone) Scheme. Scheme A which was worn from May to October had the hull panel B20, everything else G45, decks B15, steel decks G10. Scheme B from November to April, hull panel B30, the rest B55, decks same as A. This would be the best choice to be represented in a model. In October 1945, they and all other RCN ships were ordered "to be painted on next occasion as follows: warships - hull G10, superstructure B30". In other words dark hull, light upperworks.
In conclusion, look very carefully at your reference pictures and make sure you know just exactly what ship you are looking at.
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