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BEF Miniatures writes:

I saw this and the two Russian craft at Partizan. This is a super model, suitable for display or gaming.
Bob, it is only 50 feet from stem to stern in real life, so it will appear small, but still essential for any Gallipoli landing.

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Richard Kemp of HLBS Co. writes:


We've released a waterline model of the Royal Navy's 50-foot picket boat.

Royal Navy picket boat

The picket boat was an incredibly successful design, which was introduced in its original configuration in 1867. This model represents a typical example from the 1880s onward. They were designed for use on capital ships as guard ships, harbor patrol ships, and for transporting landing parties and personnel ashore. By the end of WWI, about 620 were in service, and some were still in use in WWII. They could be armed with a 3-pounder Hotchkiss gun forward, and during the Victorian period, a Nordenfeldt 5-barrel machinegun on a pedestal mount could be placed on the rear cabin roof (or a Maxim gun during later times). Some were even fitted with 14" torpedoes. They were capable of 12 knots.

Royal Navy picket boat

This is a resin kit with white-metal fittings, including a Hotchkiss 3-pounder, and is the first in a line of historical boat and ship models we are releasing made from scale plans.

It measures 277mm long with a width of 58mm approximately.

Price is £45.00 GBP plus postage.