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HMS Cossack855 viewsWarship models demand a particular set of skills. With their limited reserves of both buoyancy and stability, they can all too easily want to float upside-down, if the builder does not know what they are doing. Fortunately, we do.
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HMS Cossack982 viewsWell known as the command of captain (later Admiral Sir Philip) Vian, who rescued 299 British seamen from the Altmark, and played a decisive role in the sinking of the Bismarck.
Vian did not suffer fools at all, and had absolutely no time for inefficiency. He was reputed to be intolerant, completely tactless, and an absolutely superb fighting sailor; truly one of the very great captains.
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Flower Class Corvette (1/96th)741 viewsThis gives a good view of the intricate detail found on even a small warship model. Although it is only to 1/96th scale, it compares quite well with its 1/48th scale equivalent.
(Model by John Davies)
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Flower Class Corvette (1/96th)771 viewsThis little model is one of my favourites. It is based on the Deans Marine 1/96th Flower class corvette, with some added detail. It is only two feet long, and can be carried to the pond in one hand. But in spite of this, it can be put afloat in the sort of weather which has many people nervously hauling their models out.
(Model by John Davies)
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Flower Class Corvette (1/96th)755 viewsThis gives a good view of the intricate detail found on even a small warship model. Although it is only to 1/96th scale, it compares quite well with its 1/48th scale equivalent.
(Model by John Davies)
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Flower Class Corvette (1/48th)740 viewsThis is a big, seaworthy model, which makes a lovely display piece, and can be sailed in almost any weather. Sirmar, whose hull and fittings this model is based on, liked the picture well enough to use it on their site.
(Model by John Davies)
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Flower Class Corvette (1/48th)743 viewsThis gives a good view of the intricate detail found on a warship model.
(Model by John Davies)
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Fishguard lifeboat.765 viewsThe present Fishguard lifeboat, "Blue Peter VII", was the first offshore lifeboat to be paid for by the famous television programme. Their previous endowments to the RNLI had been inshore boats.
This model is based on the well-known Model Slipway kit. She was an elaborate and time-consuming model to build, taking over four hundred hours. Since every lifeboat is slightly different, we carried out a research visit to Fishguard to check what minor changes had been made to their boat, in order to ensure the accuracy of the model. The kit is extremely detailed, down to the rivets on the frames on the flying-bridge windscreens, and the keyboard on the computer-operated radar in the wheelhouse. She makes a magnificent model, which has a lively and convincing performance on the water.
The Model Slipway, who manufacture the kit on which this model is based, paid me a very pretty compliment on its appearance, and stated that they are happy to refer any requests they receive for completed versions of their range of kits to me.
(model by John Davies)
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Fishguard lifeboat (2)1099 viewsAnother fine model, again based on the Model Slipway's 1/16th kit, but this time embellished with today's livery; the go-faster stripes and a set of specially commissioned transfers. This model has a rotating radar aerial, lights, sound, and other built-in goodies.
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Fairmile D992 viewsFerocious looking dogboat, based on a commercially available hull and fittings. Today kits are available. We would be happy to replicate her. She makes an interesting exercise in high-powered scale power plants, and on the water she doesn't half go!
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Dragon class keelboat. (detail)720 viewsThis model was based on a GRP hull, then lavishly fitted out with fine varnished timber, and rigged using the best model sailing yacht fittings. Control is by a simple two channel radio control outfit.
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Dragon class keelboat.730 viewsAs you can see, she sails very prettily. This example was commisioned for the famous Childe Beale collection. She was the third of the type we have built. The other two were a matching pair, researched from the full-sized vessels for their owner, who still sails them enthusiastically in a hard-fought racing series.
(model by John Davies)
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