Wednesday, 18 April 2012

I have been to … the Naval History Museum, Venice: A photo-essay – Part 2: The models of Ironclads

The Naval History Museum, Venice has a very large collection of ship models on display. Here are a selection from the models of Ironclads that form part of that collection.

Please note that all the models were in glass cases made from reflective glass, and this made photographing them difficult.

Armoured Frigate/Broadside Ironclad Regina Maria Pia



Sectional model of the Battleship Duilio





The Battleship Duilio (and 2nd-class Torpedo Boat Clio)




Early Torpedo Boat Destroyer Fulmine


12 comments:

  1. Can we assume that you have taken great inspiration from these models?

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  2. Jim Duncan,

    Funny you should say that, but ...

    All the best,

    Bob

    PS. Wait until you see the 20th century models!

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  3. So many ram bows - you are you going to do that for waterline models? ;)

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  4. Pat G,

    I am not sure ... but I am working on a couple of ideas that might provide a solution.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. Bob

    Great pics!

    I especially love the cut away Dulio! She'd be great prototype for a cartoon opponent for HMS Empress.

    It's great to visit museums for other navies as you get a chance to see the other side of the action. I had a really good tour of the naval museum in Brest. Many of the models looked familiar - then I noticed many of them were lost in October 1805!

    Cheers

    PD

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  6. Peter Douglas,

    The cutaway model of the Duilio was huge! I certainly am considering building a cartoon version of the design to add to my 'fleet' of models.

    I have also visited the naval museum in Brest, and I found it a very interesting experience. As you have pointed out, it is interesting to see things from someone else's perspective.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Bob

    Mind you the other perspective can be pretty interesting at times. I've been to US museums and learned that the US won WWII without anybody's help.

    PD

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  8. Bob and Peter

    I have been to a museum in Paris where the French invaded Normandy in 1944 with a little help from the Allies (I kid you not).

    Jim

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  9. Jim Duncan,

    A lot of people (including the French themselves) still believe that every Frenchman was a member of the Resistance. It makes you wonder how Petain's government ever managed to recruit people for the Milice or where the members of the Charlemagne Division of the SS came from.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  10. Peter Douglas,

    National perspectives on events can be very revealing. I have a translation of the old Soviet history textbook about World War II, and it makes very interesting reading. For example the book states that the Allied Bomber Offensive against Germany was only useful because it diverted large numbers of 88mm guns from frontline service to the Defence of the Reich.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  11. Hi Bob,

    Lovely stuff (again) - any model purchases on the back of this lot at all?

    All the best,

    DC

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  12. David Crook,

    I would have loved to have bought some books and kits ... but the Museum did not have any sort of shop!

    I think that you will find even more of interest in the next instalment/blog entry.

    All the best,

    Bob

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