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Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Apr 2016 10:06 a.m. PST

At some point I want to be able to game the San Carlos Waters battles of the Falkands war. Based on Airfix's 1/600 kits I have been adding some quick-builds of my own:


Scratchbuilt RFA Stromness and RFA Fort Austin


Scratchbuilt STUFT vessels Europic Ferry (front) and Norland

Scratchbuilt Baltic Ferry and Broadsword class frigate

Scratchbuilt Plymouth Frigate and Airfix Leander and Antelope Frigates

Scratchbuilt RFA Sir This and RFA Sir That (RFA The Other Thing not in photograph) and Airfix HMS fearless


Airfix County class.

Up next:
- HMS Intrepid (under construction)
- HMS Ardent (on hand)
- STUFT Esk (to be scratchbuilt)
- Type 42 class destroyer (to be scratchbuilt)
- STUFT Canberra (to be scratchbuilt)
- box full of AIM aircraft and decals (to be ordered)

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2016 10:18 a.m. PST

Excellent Work!

miniaturemen Sponsoring Member of TMP29 Apr 2016 10:20 a.m. PST

Great job

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2016 10:28 a.m. PST


Mako11 Inactive Member29 Apr 2016 10:58 a.m. PST

Those look really great, VSB.

You've raised the bar. Now, I need to go back and update/upgrade my lone scratch-built RFA.

Did you use leftover cranes for yours, or did you scratch build those too?

Gaming San Carlos with those little 1/600th jets streaking in low over the ships there is great fun, especially when you add in shell splashes, and other visual effects too. Lots of challenging scenarios for both sides.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Apr 2016 11:22 a.m. PST

Thanks all….

The cranes are scratchbuilt. I will probably use 1/200 jets. I love painting those.

David Manley29 Apr 2016 11:52 a.m. PST

Very nicely done :)

SteveZodiac Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2016 12:59 p.m. PST


Mako11 Inactive Member29 Apr 2016 2:06 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info, VSB. That's what I suspected.

1/200th jets would look great.

I went with 1/600th for my convention game, and large movement distances on a big table, to give the appearance of fast jets moving very quickly, down on the deck.

They were on one inch tall flight stands, so at 50' of altitude.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian29 Apr 2016 4:42 p.m. PST

This will be on a patio, and 1/600 jets will be at a severe disadvantage to the local mosquitoes and other bugs.

Scafcom1 Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2016 8:41 p.m. PST

First class work there!!!

kingscarbine30 Apr 2016 4:05 a.m. PST

Both thumbs up!

Bozkashi Jones30 Apr 2016 8:41 a.m. PST

Bomb alley will make an incredible looking game in 1:600/1:200! Can't wait to see the photos!

David Manley30 Apr 2016 9:08 p.m. PST

Being picky for a moment the deck colour of your over Warships should probably be dark green (Humbrol M30 is a good approximation). We were just starting the change to grey around about the introduction of the gas turbine frigates and destroyers, and I think the Leander seawolf conversions also went out with grey decks

BombAlleyVet82 Inactive Member03 May 2016 3:40 a.m. PST

Being even a tad more picky. The Fort Austin hangar needs to be big enough to house two Seaking helicopters plus there was an RLP (Relief landing Platfom) on top of the hangar. Apart from that, nice model. Brings back memories.

Chouan Inactive Member13 Dec 2016 8:18 a.m. PST

Another picky comment, could you not give the RAF Round Table vessels proper names?

Cicero Inactive Member28 Dec 2016 2:23 p.m. PST


Windward Inactive Member22 Jan 2017 4:42 p.m. PST

How big are these?

Excellent work!

Mako11 Inactive Member07 Feb 2017 5:35 p.m. PST

Given their scale, and the one RFA I've built, I guess they'd range from between 8" – 12" in length.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2017 8:41 a.m. PST

Very cool. Hope to see pics of these on the tabletop!

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