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Personal logo foxbat Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2024 8:46 a.m. PST

All of them are 1/2400, and GHQ models.

HMS Glowworm (a glorious RN ship destroyed ramming DKM CA Adm Hipper, skipper Roope was awarded the 1st VC of WW2 posthumously), along side HMS Herewxard and HMS Hotspur (this one for the reason I built the old Airfix models as a teenager, and because of the Hornblower book)







The weird colored deck is not covered in wood, but in corticene, an anti-slipping surface used on RN destroyers in WW2…

USS Marblehead

Or when it's fortunate to be unlucky. Disabled by bombs in the Strait of Makassar in early february 1942, she had to leave the area for repairs, and consequently missed te slaughter of the ABDA squadron in the Java sea later that month





Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2024 9:09 a.m. PST


ww2navyguy18 Feb 2024 10:33 a.m. PST

Awesome painted ships! Excellent detail work!

Murvihill19 Feb 2024 6:32 a.m. PST

Nice! We had nonskid on our decks, it was dark grey. Unfortunately, being constantly exposed to the sun it faded pretty quickly. Bosun Mates, being Bosun Mates got miffed and painted it dark grey again. Once you cover the nonskid with paint, it isn't non-skid anymore and any oil at all makes it as slippery as a skating rink. So the Navy came out with a regulation saying not to paint the non-skid and ships looked like crap after that.
One signalman chief instead would paint the deck, then put down a layer of black tiny gravel (like coal). It always looked great, but too much work for more of the ship than the signal bridge.

Personal logo foxbat Supporting Member of TMP20 Feb 2024 9:49 a.m. PST

Thanks, Gentlemen!
Murvihill, thanks for the input. I really appreciate you shared this bit, that gives us landlubbers a whiff of what life can really be like on a naval ship.

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