Here's one TB might appreciate....
Got Round-2's repop of the old Lindberg "Q-Ship" last Christmas, and in a fit of nostalgic juvenile enthusiasm, decided to give it a little love. As a ship model it's pretty atrocious---it's Lindberg, after all, so not only is there little (or wrong) detail, but the hull and decks are bizarrely truncated, with what should be the 'hold' areas largely missing---but I decided to do what I could to 'dress her up' as the sort of nondescript workaday pre-WW1 freighter of the sort that genunely furnished the bulk of the Royal Navy's U-Boat-hunting 'Special Service vessels'---better known as 'Q' ships---during the Great War.
I give you the 3200 GT collier Atholl Star (of my own made-up 'Green Diamond Line'), laid down about 1905, and with a hard-used but completely unremarkable career before being caught in the waters off the west of Ireland in 1917.
Period-style 'coal-burner' tall funnel made from the barrel of a freebie bank pen. I scratchbuilt the bridge to give a little more antique/rustic feel than the kit's single-piece 'box.' The kit's molded poop-deck had an odd raised platform; it was easier to just replace that deck section in its entirety then to hack off the unwanted bit and fill and sand. Most of the rest of the kit is stock, just re-worked (or parts moved around) to suit.
Tricked out with Tom's Modelworks etched railings, doors and ladders, and Alliance Modelworks' gorgeous etched ratlines. Rigging a combination of EZ-Line and good old-fashioned stretched sprue.
Then there are the weapons. Did I mention the weapons? The trick is to lure the U-Boat to attack by appearing to be a 'helpless' solitary merchantman....
Launched as Atholl Star, 'my' ship was re-christened HMS Burnham Wood when taken into RN service. Weapons depicted are pretty 'typical' of real Q-ships fitting-out, based on historical accounts. All weapons positions...and the 'ruses' depicted to conceal them...are based (some broadly, some precisely) on authentic accounts and /or photographs. (You can't make this stuff up....)
(Armament mostly courtesy of Mirage 1/400 Wickes-class 'spares')
It was great fun to do. Hope you enjoy it.