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1/350 HMS Roberts Monitor (DONE)

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  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
1/350 HMS Roberts Monitor (DONE)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:49 PM

Hello everyone...

I built this as part of a GB, but I thought you might want to see it in the ships subject line. This is my first ship / boat in 20 years and my first experience with small P.E.. 

Manufacturered by Trumpter and I also added P.E. by White Ensign; brass turned barrels by Master Models; and a wood deck kit from Hunter. I used Model Masters and Valejo paints. Enamel washes and pastels were used for weathering and numerous parts were dry brushed with lighter shades of the base colors. The rigging was nylon clear sewing thread .1001 thick (human hair) which I darkened with a sharpie black marker. 

The wood base was sourced from Hobby Lobby. My MH son helped me sand, tack-cloth, and stain it. He also helped antique the name plate and really enjoyed the process. 

The more of it I built, the more I appreciated those scale ship builders in our forum. It was challenging, but really fun. Please let me know what you think...

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 1/48 C-130 - Staged

- 1/16 Kubelwagen (GB) - Done

- 1/16 Field Marshall Romell - Done

- 1/350 HMS Roberts (GB) - Done

- 1/35 STRV -103 MBT (GB) - Done

 

 

 

fox
  • Member since
    January, 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:12 PM

Toast Toast Toast

Jim  Captain

 Main WIP: 

   On the Bench:  Revell 1/96 USS Kearsarge - 70% 

I keep hitting "escape", but I'm still here.

  • Member since
    May, 2009
  • From: Poland
Posted by Pawel on Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:49 PM

Hello!

The Roberts is a funny looking ship! I like your model a lot - thanks for sharing and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

  • Member since
    November, 2008
  • From: Far Northern CA
Posted by mrmike on Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:58 PM

Lots of intricate work on display - that's a fine looking model!

  • Member since
    February, 2016
  • From: Western No. Carolina
Posted by gene1 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:26 PM

Ben, that is really a beautiful ship build. Please do some more. What is the history behind that ship? At least when di it sail?

  • Member since
    July, 2013
Posted by steve5 on Sunday, February 10, 2019 11:59 PM

that is one weird looking ship ben, but beautifully done .

 

  • Member since
    November, 2009
  • From: Twin Cities of Minnesota
Posted by Don Stauffer on Monday, February 11, 2019 9:03 AM

gene1

Ben, that is really a beautiful ship build. Please do some more. What is the history behind that ship? At least when di it sail?

 

The Roberts was the last monitor.  Britain was enamoured with them, and built quite a few in WW1.  The Roberts was built tween the wars, and used in WW2, along with a sister ship.  It was used for artillery support for invasions.  It had guns but shallow draft so it could get close in to the beaches.

Don Stauffer in Minnesota

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Monday, February 11, 2019 10:21 AM

Thank you everyone for your kind words... Don is exactly right, and if I remember correctly, he also did a cracking job on a Roberts kit a couple years ago. Here are more specifics about the HMS Roberts:

CREATION:

HMS Roberts was a Royal Navy Roberts class monitor of WW2. Built in April 1940, launched April 1941, and completed on 27 October 1941. She reused the twin 15-inch gun turret of the First World War monitor Marshal Soult.

SERVICE HISTORY:

The HMS Roberts provided bombardment support during Operation Torch in North Africa, where she was damaged by two 500 kg (1,100 lb) bombs. She was repaired in time to support Operation Husky (the invasion of Sicily) and the Allied landings near Salerno during Operation Avalanche. During the D-Day Landings, she was positioned off Sword Beach. She also took part in the Walcheren (Island) Operations. In July 1945 HMS Roberts departed the United Kingdom for the Indian Ocean to support Operation Mailfist, the planned liberation of Singapore. She was near Port Said at the time the Japanese surrendered, but was not recalled until 11 September by which time she had reached Kenya. After the war she was retired, sold for scrap, but later re-used. She was broken up in July 1965. One of Roberts' main guns is mounted outside the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, south London. 

Ben

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 1/48 C-130 - Staged

- 1/16 Kubelwagen (GB) - Done

- 1/16 Field Marshall Romell - Done

- 1/350 HMS Roberts (GB) - Done

- 1/35 STRV -103 MBT (GB) - Done

 

 

 

  • Member since
    March, 2009
  • From: brisbane australia
Posted by surfsup on Monday, February 11, 2019 6:57 PM

She is certainly a different looking vessel but you have done a lovely job on her.....Cheers mark

If i was your wife, i'd poison your tea! If Iwas your husband, I would drink it! WINSTON CHURCHILL

  • Member since
    August, 2013
  • From: Michigan
Posted by Straycat1911 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 8:41 AM

Outstanding work, sir. 

  • Member since
    November, 2005
  • From: Formerly Bryan, now Arlington, Texas
Posted by CapnMac82 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:31 PM

I remember, at an early age, wondering why the turret was raised up so high.

Later, I learned it wa a necessity. 

Naval rifles of a certain size need a lot of room to contain the elevation gear, and also the loading hoists, so the gun house winds up being about a "deck" deeper than the turret proppper.

Then, you also need two decks for the powder flat and the shell flat to serve the loading hoists.  The Roberts, and her ilk were shallower than other capital ships.  So, the height of the turret was somewhat fixed.  Which moves the turret further up out of the hull girder.

Now, in another ship, one less meant as a war-time expediant, no doubt a forecastle deck would have been installed which would have made the ship a little less ungainly looking (and might have offered a drier bow in full seas).

Might.

Maybe.

Perhaps.

  • Member since
    December, 2010
  • From: Salem, Oregon
Posted by 1943Mike on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 9:03 AM

Ben,

You (and your son) did a fine job on this model! Really like the paint work you did and the PE looks spot on.

Mike

"Le temps est un grand maître, mais malheureusement, il tue tous ses élèves."

Hector Berlioz

  • Member since
    June, 2018
  • From: Ohio (USA)
Posted by DRUMS01 on Friday, February 15, 2019 12:18 PM

Gene1, Thanks! our next ship is most likely either the 1/350 Yamato by Tamiya or the 1/350 Arizona from Hobbyboss.

Mike, Thankyou for the kind words. I'll tell him as he is really proud in helping.

Ben

 

I am a Veteran; to all other Veterans thank you for your service. Retired now and living well

PROJECTS:

- 1/350 USS Alabama - Staged

- 1/48 C-130 - Staged

- 1/16 Kubelwagen (GB) - Done

- 1/16 Field Marshall Romell - Done

- 1/350 HMS Roberts (GB) - Done

- 1/35 STRV -103 MBT (GB) - Done

 

 

 

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