Sunday, December 30, 2012

From PeterD: 1:2400 British Carrier HMS 'Eagle' & 1:1200 Aircraft (25 points)



Peter actually sent in this submission early yesterday but the reason for the delay in getting them up is that his pictures looked like they were taken from a Japanese reconnaissance plane under heavy flak. Since we were getting together for a game last night (more on that later) I offered to take a few shots of them after a steadying shot of eggnog (and perhaps something else added, can't remember).

From Peter
This is HMS Eagle circa 1941, a GHQ 1:2400 scale model, with air cover provided by 10 1:1200 models from Cap Aero (Fairey Fulmars and Swordfish).  The Eagle was started as a Chilean super-dreadnaught.  Work stopped during WW1, but the incomplete hull was purchased by the Royal Navy and converted to a fleet carrier in the 1920s.  She served nobly in the Med during WW2 until sunk by a U-boat on the Pedestal convoy of 1942 that saved Malta during its darkest hours.


I've painted Eagle in a camouflage pattern based on pictures off the interweb.  These all showed her starboard side, so I had to wing it on the port side.  The Cap Aero models are mounted two to a base to represent a flight of aircraft with florist's wire supports.  When I get around to the float plane scouts I will mount those one to a base.  The Cap Aero models are beautiful but fiddly, especially the bi-planes which need their top wings glued on.   There are 3 bases of Swordfish and 2 of Fulmars for a total of 10.
Excellent stuff Peter! While the carrier is great I really like the aircraft bases and the you did a super job on the aircraft themselves. 

I'm going to give Peter 25 points for this lot. 

11 comments:

  1. These look really nice. Would love to see a picture of all your stuff in action when it's all done

    Ian

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  2. Curt
    Thanks - those are great shots. I'll see if I can get better pictures for my next challenge submission.

    Cheers
    PD

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    1. No worries, happy to oblige. Looking forward to seeing your next entry - El Cid or WWII, right?

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  3. Gotta agree with Curt, they look excellent, especially the planes!

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  4. love the planes, it so great to see so many different scales and periods showing up in the challenge
    Peace James

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  5. Excellent work - and I write as one who knows first hand just how small these 1/1200 'planes are!

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  6. Thanks for all the kind comments.

    I am pretty pleased with the results on table, although up close when I was painting them the planes did look clunky. The Cap Aero planes are just the right size IMHO and they are really nice models - clean cast and easily identifiable. Next time round I think i'll look at a different mounting system. Having found my pin vise (ok my three pin vices) I think I'll have a go at drilling a small hole for a pin or nail.

    Cheers
    PD

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  7. Nice work and the planes look great!

    Christopher

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  8. Nicely done, some really fine detail on the planes and very dynamic basing.
    Bravo.
    Mike

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  9. Really well done Peter! Agree with others who have said the planes in particular are very cool!

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