We are very proud to be able to show off the first of the new 1/1800 Victory at Sea ships – HMS Exeter!
A product of the Washington Treaty that restricted the number of vessels a navy could have above 10,000 tons, the York-class fulfilled cruiser duties required by a navy whose responsibilities stretched across the globe. The York took part in the Norwegian campaign but was later sunk by Italian motor boats in the Mediterranean. Exeter, famously, took part in the Battle of the River Plate but was seriously damaged in the engagement. She was later repaired and took part in the Battle of the Java Sea but was soon sunk after by Japanese gunfire and torpedoes.
Length: 575 ft.
Displacement: 10,490 tons
Speed: 32 kts.
These models are the product of Sandrine Thirache, who has been toiling for more than 18 months now, researching the warships of World War II (with the ever-present help of our Official Naval Boffins), locating accurate deck plans, and then using all of that to build lovely 3D models of each vessel.
These 3D models then go through a rapid prototyper, which produces a resin model we can use to create moulds. This model of HMS Exeter is a one-piece resin cast, with a metal sprue added to carry the guns, mast and one of the funnels – this ensures we have the perfect balance between detail and ease of building. It will take you all of five minutes to put Exeter together, and then she will be ready for a dash of paint, and then action!
The exquisite paint work on this model has been done by David Manley, someone who needs little introduction in naval wargaming circles. The wakes he has picked out, incidentally, are already moulded into the base – saves you one more job!
We are just beginning to ramp up production of the Victory at Sea line, though if you are attending SELWG this month, we will likely have a small number of Exeters, Achilles, and Graf Spees waiting for you. More ships are being prototyped right now, and it will not be long before you can have a full-raging sea battle between these great looking ships. Sandrine, meanwhile, continues her years-long odyssey to model just about everything that ever floated in World War II!
And she has a long task, as it is not just ships she has been working on. We will preview her aircraft at a later date but, for now, have a look at these three Royal Navy Motor Torpedo Boats.
The Fairmile A was designed from the outset to use prefabricated components that could be produced by small businesses such as furniture manufacturers, which would then be assembled at shipyards. Capable of 25 knots, it mounted a 3 pounder gun and a pair of .303 machine guns, as well as depth charges.
Designed with the form of a destroyer’s hull, the Fairmile B (like its predecessor, the Fairmile A) was intended primarily as a submarine-chaser, and so was fitted with ASDIC and depth charges. Manufactured in large numbers, the Fairmile B was also famously used on the raid on St. Nazaire.
Capable of 26 knots, the Fairmile C was a motor gun boat, mounting two two pounders and eight machine guns of various calibres. It was mainly used for close escort duties and some clandestine missions.
These Motor Torpedo Boats are one-piece resin castings, making it quick and easy to put together your very own flotilla!
Next up, we will be previewing Achilles, Ajax and the Graf Spee as we prepare the Battle of the River Plate box set for launch.