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  1. A couple of photos of my 1:500 HMS Royal Oak, converted from the Ark models (ex Frog) 1:500 HMS Royal Sovereign kit. Many aftermarket items used including: Atlantic Models 1:500 Scale 'R' Class upgrade set, Atlantic Models 1:500 Scale railings, Custom cut 1:500 scale real wood deck from Mk1 Design, 3D printed main gun turrets and 4 inch twin AA mounts from Shapeways / MicroMaster, Tom's Modelworks 1:500 scale figures for the crew, Flyhawk 1/350 anchors and portholes. The mainmast and bridge structure were scratchbuilt using the Kagero plans. (Simplistic) rigging is EZ line. Please excuse the dirty camera sensor causing spots on the photos.
  2. HMS Royal Oak Kagero TopDrawings This softback book, in their Topdrawing series is a mine of information for the maritime modeller. Although only consisting of eighteen pages this is very similar to the 3D Drawing series but without the range of colourful renderings, this book is filled with line drawings. This actually makes it easier to see what’s what as you’re not distracted by the colour schemes. Each line drawing is very nicely done, concentrating on different sections of the ship. Interspersed between the larger drawings there are numerous smaller diagrams of individual pieces of equipment, such as the turrets, winches, ships boats, rangefinders, aircraft and ships cranes. The drawings on the secondary and tertiary armament are particularly detailed, for those modellers who wish to take their detailing to the nth degree. It should be noted that the drawings are from two separate time periods, 1917 and 1939. Included with the book are two A1 sheets, one with line drawings of the ship from 1937 in 1:350 scale, (hopefully Trumpeter or Merit International will oblige us with a kit in this scale soon), on the other side there is are three side views showing the differences of the ship in 1917, 1919 and 1937. The second sheet has colour renderings of the starboard side and from above as of 1937. On the other side is a cross section drawing showing the major internals of the ship, as well as a couple of drawings of the secondary armament deck. Conclusion This is another very useful book for modellers and historians alike. Whilst there are a number of 1:700 scale kits about, from the likes of ROS Op, and WSW, there aren’t any kits in 1:350. Although, in this day and age you can never say never, when it comes to manufacturers release schedule. Very highly recommended Review sample courtesy of
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