|With the original model|
Here is a link which explains why WotC went with the light blue paint scheme.
More importantly it explains why the top of the turrets were painted red. Keep in mind this is a pre-war paint scheme. I believe I have read that not long after war broke out that the colors on the turret tops were removed as enemy aircraft sighting became more of a concern.
While researching the turret colors I did stumble on these documents as well which specifically outline the battleship Division color schemes.
Fleet organization references turret colors:
While I did not go with the light blue hull I did use a grey with a blue hue added to it. Some may debate the accuracy, but IMO a far cry better than the WotC paint scheme. Either way it makes for a nice gaming model.
You can pretty much expect to see some more prewar repaints from me in the future.