Sunday, 17 August 2014

Out of the Shed: 1:1200th-scale model warship kits

The crates I took out of the now-defunct shed are still providing me with lots of surprises, and the latest was the discovery of a large number of unmade 1:1200th-scale model warships.

Besides a lot of other kits (more of which will feature in a forthcoming blog entry), I found the following model warships in the crate:
  • 4 x Revell Miniships Roma-class Battleships
  • 9 x Revell Miniships HMS King George V-class Battleships
  • 1 x Airfix HMS Ark Royal-class Aircraft Carrier
  • 2 x Airfix HMS Suffolk-class Heavy Cruisers
  • 3 x Eaglewall HMS Norfolk-class Heavy Cruisers
  • 2 x Lindberg USS Houston-class Light Cruisers
  • 8 x Airfix HMS Cossack-class Destroyers
I already have several unmade kits of some of the warships listed above, and this means that I could easily indulge my desire to build significantly large fleets of warships for Fletcher Pratt naval wargames ... should I so desire it.

10 comments:

  1. The Eaglewall kits may be worth serious money to a collector.

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  2. Wg Cdr Luddite,

    I suspect that you are right ... but over the year the boxes have rotted away and I think that will affect their value.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  3. Hi Bob,

    That is a haul and a half and no mistake! I am curious to know what you will do with 9 x KGV though - as I recall the denizen of the South Yorkshire shipyard was regaling us with tales of the umpteen 1/1200th scale Scharnhorst kits he had so perhaps it is a WD thing!

    Lots of potential though and the Eaglewall stuff (as the good Wg Cdr rightly points out) would be highly valued methinks.

    All the best,

    DC

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  4. David Crook,

    I bought the KGVs when I saw them on sale in a local toy shop for 75p each. They were such a bargain that I could not resist them!

    Some will probably end up as KGVs; the rest will probably end up being 'kit bashed' into something else. For example, the quadruple turrets could be used the arm a scratch-built French battleship ... or several.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  5. The hulls could be the basis for a bunch of great builds.

    I am currently in the 'procurement phase' for some 1:1200 scale pre-dreadnought flotillas myself

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  6. Paul oftheManCave,

    I converted a KGV into a Lion-class battleship some time ago, and I suppose that I could build some more ... or even one of the hybrid battleship-carriers that were projected.

    Good luck with your pre-dreadnought project. I have a few 1:1200th-scale pre-dreadnoughts in my collection and would love to expand it at some time in the future.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  7. Tim Gow,

    Very useful indeed ... especially as I already have quite a pile of unmade 1:1200th-scale kits sitting in another storage box.

    All the best,

    Bob

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  8. As you know, I've made two French battleships using bits of the KGV kit, but the bridge structure is also useful for scratchbuilding modernised Warspite class.

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  9. Ian Drury,

    I don't think that I have seen your two French battleships ... and I look forward to doing so in order to get a few ideas for my own conversions.

    All the best,

    Bob

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