Back in the late Nineteenth century and early Twentieth Century navies gave their citizens eye candy for those huge tax expenditure with some striking color schemes. Of course, when war came the ships were quickly painted gray, but wars come rarely and most warships never se combat. But they're always in the public eye.
The 1:1250 model ship manufacturer Navis offers specially painted ships to show off this resplendent era of naval history. here are some ships from the ALNAVCO catalog:
|Imperial Russian cruiser Rurik|
|SMS Scharnhorst in China Station colors|
|SMS Scharnhorst in gray -- not quite as snazzy, but obviously more practical|