Torpedo Colors -- How Color Denotes Torpedo Time Period and Type
The 1/72 torpedo weapon system offered by Caswell-Merriman provides a scale gas propelled torpedo that represents a generic twenty-one inch diameter, twenty-foot long weapon. The production torpedoes are supplied to our customers assembled, pre-painted, and tested. Ready for use. A Weapons System product consists of one multi-mode (mechanical or pneumatic) launcher, three weapons, and a packet of spare parts for the launcher.
As a general rule, most pre and world-war-two era torpedoes, of all involved nations, were issued to the respective fleets with a raw steel finish, all exposed surfaces of the weapon coated with a petroleum preservative to minimize oxidation and to ease handling of the heavy weapon on the skids and tubes.
Post war weapons were painted, the predominant color being green of various shades.
The weapons we supply with the Weapons System package are painted 'silver', denoting an old steam-powered torpedo, the black radial marking (indicating where the sections of the weapon broke down for maintenance) represent the venerable American MK-14 weapon.
Bottom line: Silver -- old torpedo. Green -- modern torpedo.
You, of course, once you have your torpedoes in hand, can paint and mark them to indicate any specific type weapon you wish.
David D Merriman lll
You can download instructions for the pneumatic controller system here
Download General 1:72nd Scale Torpedo Instructions here