I thought we could experiment with a slight change to the usual format. The idea is that we start with a collection of brief items – new releases, comments, queries, wants, items for sale – in fact any short item any member would like to see in print. We’ll then follow this with photographs of members’ models. Do let me know what you think – and if you like it, some contributions. We’ll start this issue with some new releases.
For those interested in Coastal Forces, Volume 4 in the Coastal Craft History series has recently been published. This one covers the Fairmile ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ launches. As with the earlier volumes it starts with a fascinating history of the designs and then gives many alternative colour schemes and armament outfits.
The 2017 volume of the annual publication ‘Warship’ is now available. Items of particular interest include The Australian Light Destroyer Project of the 1970’s and H.M.S. Surrey: Britain’s Last Treaty Cruiser – two ships that were never built – and High Angle Control Systems (HACS): Debacle or Just In Time?
Starling models have been busy with the release of two sheets of flags at 1:700 scale. STD2 contains modern flags and STD3 flags of both world wars. Not only are there flags of Great Britain/United Kingdom but also flags from all the other major countries such as the U.S.A., Germany, France, Italy and Japan, and many others including Russia, Turkey, Spain and Canada. Two great sets which could become available in 1:350 scale? For the smaller models, Starling Models have also released a set of etched railings at 1:1250 scale.
AJM Models of Poland have released two 1:700 scale resin kits of British inter-
For those who prefer 1:350 scale, Showcase Models Australia have released a plastic, full hull model of the destroyer H.M.S./H.M.A.S. Vendetta. The kit includes some etched brass and a huge decal sheet with three styles of pennant numbers – black, white, white with black shading, at least six of each digit – plenty for the spares box!
Returning to Coastal Forces, I have recently come across a set of drawings for Thornycroft’s MTB105 – a vessel that I know very little about. The main drawings are for a working model but the pack does include a small copy of the original Thornycroft GA. I don’t know exactly when this was released but I have only just come across it!
Returning to the smallest scale, the photographs begin with some from David Naylor – H Class, Hunt Class, U.S. Destroyers and a wonderful harbour scene illustrating just what is possible at 1:1200/1250 scale.
The next set are of the WEM 1:350 scale H.M.S. Kittiwake as built by Pete Stern. He has done a lot of super detailing on the guns, especially the 4" MkIII at the bows. After consulting Malcolm Wright's Warship Camouflage book he noticed that the single manual Oerlikons on the aft deckhouse were staggered, rather than parallel, to each other, as the plans show. The port Oerlikon was moved aft in relation to the starboard one. USCHI elastic rigging thread was easy to use on this model. The model was painted using a mixture of White Ensign enamels and Lifecolor Royal Navy WW11 Set 2 acrylics, and washes.
The next two are of H.M.S. Salisbury by Stephen Wareing – not from the MT Miniatures kit but the hull and superstructure from a friendly modeller’s own mouldings and the rest from the spares box. Painting is in enamels but Stephen is thinking of changing to acrylics.
The final set are of H.M.S. Rattlesnake built from the Starling Models 1:700 scale kit by Dave Eyles. Equipment details came from the drawing by John Lambert and details of the camouflage scheme were by Alan Raven.
If you like this, don’t forget to send me any snippets of interest and photographs of your models. Enough news for now – a lot has happened in three months – back to our more usual contents.
The first article in this issue comes from Rob Brown and is the first part of a review of one of the Flyhawk 1:700 kits – H.M.S. Campbeltown. Part one gives the historical background to the famous raid on St. Nazaire and the second part will deal with the kit itself.
Next Nigel Denchfield describes another of his builds, this time a 1:700 scale destroyer, H.M.S. Janus and then we have a comparison of two 1:700 scale resin kits of H.M.S. Sheffield. Nigel then returns with a subject close to home (he lives in March), a 1:400 scale submarine.
Plenty of variety and I look forward to any comments and producing the next edition of Escort.