Why is Scott Base painted green?
The original base was a mixture of orange, red and yellow. However in 1965 discussion was held about the need to re-paint the base and it was decided that, in keeping with the image of the New Zealand landscape, Scott Base would be repainted green: British Standard BS670. However, there is a whole mythology about how the colour was chosen, the most popular story being that the then Superintendent, Bob Thomson, remembered a trip to Ireland where he liked the white cottages surrounded by green and that he reversed this for Scott Base. The colour has subsequently been referred to as RBT Green, after Bob (Robert Baden) Thomson, and the paint used now is actually Chelsea cucumber (Resene 6-071).