Thursday, 23 August 2018

HMS Defence Ironclad Conversion




I'm back home now after the usual marathon journey. This morning, I was unpacking and sorting out the 1/2400th scale Tumbling Dice ironclads that I failed to paint over the holidays, when I found a spare model of Couronne that I seem to have acquired at some point. I thought I'd have a go at converting it into something else, as there was only one of the original, so did some comparisons and decided to make HMS Defence, or at least something a bit like her. 

The Couronne and HMS Defence

This involved cutting and sanding down the forecastle, re-profiling the stern and thinning out the funnel, with a minor adjustment to the rigging* to finish things off. It's the right size in terms of scale length and width but not exactly the same in terms of positioning of the funnel and the bow profile. I think it is fine, however, so I have now got an additional early ironclad warship to add to the British Channel Fleet.

*I have subsequently removed the sails from the mizzen mast, having noticed that it wasn't rigged in contemporary pictures.

5 comments:

  1. Impressive and beautiful ships!

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  2. Shame to waste a perfectly good model

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  3. A nice adaptation. Always useful to have a 'close enough' ship to work with.

    Your posts inspired me to refresh my interest in naval gaming. I'm currently scratch building a Majestic-class battleship in 1/2400.

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  4. I find it hard to see the conversion with the ships just primed black; or I’m not sure what to look for. 😀
    Still, shaping up there!

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  5. I forgot to take a photo before I primed it, which was a bit dim!

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