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jeeves14 Jan 2022 7:25 a.m. PST

Could someone point me in the direction of ww1 era gunboat miniatures and those of other unconventional armed vessels? I've found a few on Shapeways but want more.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2022 7:38 a.m. PST

Any size/scale in particular?

jeeves14 Jan 2022 9:21 a.m. PST

Not really. I'm not seeing much out there so trying to find out what the most common scale or scales is/are.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2022 9:27 a.m. PST

Take a look at these -

The subject seems to go through off and on times of interest.

HMS Exeter14 Jan 2022 9:43 a.m. PST

Given your Java inquiry was 1/2400, I'll skew in that direction.

Your first stop should be Viking Forge. They've got an extensive line of 2400 scale ships, including a WWI Generic category with gunboats and other small craft.


Viking Forge also has a Spanish American War and Russo-Japan War section you should peruse.

Your second stop should be Panzerschiffes. They make rather primitive resin cast models, but at the gunboat size level they work fine.


You'll want to look thru pretty much their whole inventory as there will be WWII small craft that could well pass for earlier gunboats. Check out D095 River Class UK. Also older types. Span-Am, Russo-Jpn, Sino-Jpn.

Your third stop should be Wartimes Journal. They are a 3d print company producing high quality pre dread models.

They can print at several scales. 1/2400 is almost always an option.

From the UK consider Tumbling Dice 1/2400.


Personal logo David Manley Supporting Member of TMP14 Jan 2022 9:54 a.m. PST

I was going to recommend Tumbling Dice as well, but their 1/600 range which is much better suited to gunboat actions. They have a good selection of craft suitable for WW1 lake warfare in Africa


I've combined these with Shapeways craft from North Head Miniatures, and PT Dockyards resin models – there are some great gunboats in the Russian Civil War range

jeeves14 Jan 2022 9:56 a.m. PST

A wealth of choices. Thank you everyone.

jeeves14 Jan 2022 10:56 a.m. PST

Quick question, does nobody make French gunboats or torpedo boats in 1/600?

HMS Exeter14 Jan 2022 1:56 p.m. PST

I know squat about 1/600 scale. If your thinking about that size, you should consider 1/700 scale. It's a big plastic model scale and a big resin hull model scale.

To wit:


jeeves14 Jan 2022 6:25 p.m. PST

Looks like hardly anybody makes German gunboats at all.

HMS Exeter14 Jan 2022 8:01 p.m. PST
jeeves14 Jan 2022 8:18 p.m. PST

Cool thanks.

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