by Jaap Pluimgraaff
1/700 HMS Duke of York & HMCS Huron (Revell-Trumpeter)
Just a little diorama showing these ships on their sortie searching
for Tirpitz and Scharnhorst on 8/9/1943. Although they did use these camouflage
schemes. I'm not sure that they wore it during that particularly occasion.
(Source naval-history.net )
HMS Duke Of York
This is the more then 30 year old Matchbox kit and it isn't quit up today's standards. Comprising of very soft plastic every edge had to be sanded. No portholes/doors/hatches are present on the superstructure. Also the weird horizontal seems are troublesome. Armoured plating and wood planking detail added with a panel scriber. PE-set used is the WEM PE-738 KGV class. I put some effort into scratch building, both masts (no plastic there), some splinter shields and the hangar doors and machine room vents. Sea Master barrels for main and secondary guns and Trumpeter super marine walrus replaced the original ones. L'Arsenal AC700-37 Royal Navy boat set was used to replace some boats from both ships. Hand painted with WEM Colorcoats. L'Arsenal AC 700-33 Naval figures. Rigging is an mixture between guitar string 0,3 mm (a one-off experiment) and stretched sprue. Getting parts aligned in this small scale was a challenging effort.
This kit is better than the DOY kit. PE-set used is the WEM PE793 tribal class destroyer. It was difficult to determine the configuration of the aft superstructure and this is my effort to it. Dissatisfied with the sea base I used earlier I experimented a bit ending up with a couple ones used for the diorama.