Saturday, 14 July 2018

1864 Austrian North Sea Squadron


I had a bit of time this afternoon, having been a taxi driver for most of the morning, so decided to glue together the three Austrian ships for the Battle of Heligoland in May 1864. These are the steam frigates SMS Radetzky and SMS Schwarzenberg, with the gunboat SMS Seehund as an optional extra. The Seehund broke down on the way and did not turn up in time for the battle but I had a spare model so thought I'd add it to the line up. These are all Tumbling Dice 1/2400th scale models that I've used as proxy versions of the Austrian ships, with only a minimal bit of conversion required to remove one of the funnels from the Schwarzenberg, along with the substitution of spars made from staples rather than the sails supplied with the kits.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks Phil,

    I think the spars look better than the sail sets provided, as you can see a lot more of the deck. All the pictures I've seen show the same rig in battle, I assume to prevent the risk of fire?

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