|Arethusa’s Camouflage Schemes: If you like the rainbow of WW2 British camouflage schemes, I highly recommend British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WWII, Volume 3 Cruisers, Minelayers and Armed Merchant Cruisers, Naval
Institute Press 2016 by Malcolm Wright. Color Profiles are present for every ship. There are nine for the Arethusa, ten if you include both the port and starboard profiles for Arethusa in April 1942. Photographs of the Arethusa profiles are present at the
end of this review. As commissioned she wore overall 507C with natural wood decks and 507B or 507A metal decks. In 1940 and painted overall 507B. Natural wood decks and 507B metal decks. In mid-1940 she received Mountbatten pink overall with
unknown deck colors. In July 1941 she received an overall 507C with a mottled 507B pattern on top. Decks, wood and metal, were painted 507B. December 1941 reflected an unique overall white scheme with MS4a along the waterline and B5 at the bow
and Kriegsmarine recognition Swastika flags painted on the forecastle and quarterdeck. After the Lofoten raid she was repainted 507B. In April 1942 (the fit for the Iron Shipwright kit) she received a four color scheme using MS4a, B5, MS4 and B15.
Metal decks were 507A and the wooden decks stained dark blue gray, similar to PB10. By December 1943 Arethusa received a high contrast scheme using G20 and B55. Decks stayed the same.. For Overlord, she was in the standard Admiralty scheme
with lower hull MS2 and upper hull and superstructure in MS3. Decks remained the same. In 1945 Arethusa was back in the Mediterranean with an overall 507C and a hull panel of 507A. Decks were dark gray. (Bulk of history is from: British and
Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WWII, Volume 3 Cruisers, Minelayers and Armed Merchant Cruisers, Naval Institute Press 2016 by Malcolm Wright; British Cruiser Warfare, Seaforth Publishing 2019, by Alan Raven; British Cruisers of
World War Two, Arms and Armour Press 1980, by Alan Raven and John Roberts: British Cruisers Two World Wars and After, Seaforth Publishing 2010, by Norman Friedman; Cruisers of World War Two, Brockhampton Press 1999, by M. J.
Whitley; The King’s Cruisers, Hodder and Stoughton, London 1947, by Gordon Holman; Struggle for the Middle Sea, Naval Institute Press 2009, by Vincent P. O’Hara)
Iron Shipwright 1:350 Scale HMS Arethusa - A couple of weeks ago I checked out the Commanders/ Iron Shipwright web site and noticed that a monthly special was posted on March 23. I clicked on it expecting to see that the special was on a
previously existing kit. I was surprised because it was on the British light cruiser Arethusa in 1942. I didn’t remember that Iron Shipwright had produced a WWII Arethusa. I called Jon of Iron Shipwright in his palatial mansion in Oak Ridge, Tennessee
and asked him when he had released the Arethusa kit. His reply was a couple of weeks ago. He has more new releases coming. I placed an order with Iron Shipwright on Friday and it arrived the following Monday. With several orders from other
countries slowed to a snail pace due to lack of flights caused by Covid19, receiving an order in three days was a breath of fresh air. I like building a full hull warship kit in 1:350 scale and waterline for 1:700 scale warships. I find full hull resin warship
hulls easier to mount on pedestals than plastic hulls. Since the hull is cast with the keel up, if you want to have the hull cast to waterline, ISW can do that. Just let Jon know that you want a waterline version. Iron Shipwright is the largest producer of
resin 1:350 scale warship kits in the world with a wide selection of types and time periods. It is possible to build other fits of Arethusa other than the April 1942 version. Earlier versions would have single 4-inch guns instead of twin guns. Fortunately,
Black Cat Models produces a single 4-inch RN mount. ISW includes the 46-foot catapult as an optional part on the photo-etch fret, so if you want to build the early war fit, you can do so. However, I have not yet found a photograph or plan that shows
the design of the catapult turntable.