musings while allatsea

Musings of a curious individual

Mini Ships

This page has really come about as my 1/1200 and 1/1250 scale waterline ship collection grows. As with most things it was not my intention to have a navy and merchant marine hanging around my flat. But, it’s too late now, they have taken over.

The majority of my ships are Triang Minic in 1/1200  that I got off ebay and elsewhere but I do have a lot of others that I bought from Convoy Models. I have also been buying of the 1/1250 battleships released by Atlas Editions, and have an eye on the passenger ships that they are releasing too. 

My latest additions are:

MV Rochester Castle, a 1937 built “fruit ship” operated by the Union-Castle Line, she took part in Operation Pedestal during WW2, and was broken up in 1970. There were 4 sisters in this class: Rochester Castle, Roxburgh Castle, Richmond Castle and Rowallan Castle. Rochester was the only survivor of World War 2. I have since progressed a bit further with the model. 

Stirling Castle as a trooper, seen here with her sister Athlone Castle in peacetime garb.

USS Spruance (DD963), the lead ship of the  Spruance class destroyers.

USS Bunker Hill (CG52), a Ticonderoga class guided missile cruiser

HMS Gloucester (D96), a type 42 batch 3 destroyer

USS Guardian (MCM5) An Avenger Class mine countermeasures ship

HMS Bangor (M109), a Sandown Class minehunter. I also have her sister HMS Penzance (M105)

 and finally a Hunt class mine countermeasures vessel. She has no pennant number, although I do have her sister HMS Brocklesbury  (M33)

HMS Achilles (F12) by Mountford in 1/1250 scale. Quite a detailed model of a Leander Class Frigate wielding guns. 

Ton Class Minesweeper. Actually I now have two of them,  the ship on the left (HMS *.ton) I got from The Triang version (HMS Repton) is on the right. 

A particularly rare beastie came my way this month: SS France. I repainted her and added in masts and this is the end result. She was produced by Triang Minic on 1/1200 scale. Unfortunately she never joined the other major liners that were re-introduced in later years from Hong Kong.  

HMS Tiger (Mountford kit in 1/1250)

Built but not yet painted.

TSS Vikingen (Triang MInic)

Since repainted and with masts and cargo gear, although I am not too enamoured by those overly heavy masts. I may rethink those.

And SS Varicella

Since repainted.  She was produced by Triang Minic

I also was also able to lay my hands on both Flower Class Corvettes in 1/1250. They are very detailed models and one of these days I am going to have to send another convoy to sea.

The right hand ship is HMS Begonia, and she is a short fo’c’stle corvette while the left hand ship is HMCS Snowberry.

I have also been working on a 1/1250ish RMS St Helena and have just more or less completed her. The model is not great, but it was a learning curve. There are three pages associated with the model, start at page 1 and work yourself to the end.

  1. Post Mortem: The RMS Model 26/06/2017
  2. Still building the RMS
  3. Building the RMS

TBC as they say in the classics. 

The pages that exist so far are:

I get my display cases off ebay.

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