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HMS Arethusa, 1/167th Scale Light Cruiser
British Light Cruiser, HMS Arethusa in 1/167th scale.
About this creation
Yay! My first ship in quite a while! My subject today is one of the rather handy little light cruisers of the British Arethusa class (I did take a couple liberties with the design, so it's not completely accurate for any ship in the class).

The Arethusa Class were generally smaller than most other cruisers, being designed to give Britain more coverage of trade routes on the same Treaty tonnage (mounting only 6 x 6" guns as compared to a 8 x 6" gun cruiser, like the Leanders). In spite of their diminutive size, the class provided valuable service in WWII.

I decided to make a scale change, from 1/200th up to 1/167th. This makes a pretty sizable difference in how close I can come to matching the lines of the original ships. I wanted a suitable build candidate that I could do in pre-war o.a.l. light grey, and that wasn't too big. Arethusa came along, and I really like how it turned out! Plus I got to throw in the Spanish Civil War neutrality patrol stripes on the turret! Win!

















As with all of my ships, the upper hull is only resting on the lower. This time I decided to make "water"...Looks much better than just sitting on the table!











Well! There she is! Enjoy, and stay tuned. More to come!



Comments

  November 20, 2014
Thanks, that would be great. If you would like to email the pictures, my email is marstriumphant@gmail.com. And I love the Iron Duke class dreadnoughts too. They were beautiful ships. And thanks so much for the help, it is greatly appreciated.
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  November 18, 2014
Quoting Matt Bace Very impressive! The shaping and details are excellent. Without taking a closer look, I would have assumed that the ship was built at about 1:72, or maybe 1:100 scale.
Thank you Matt! That's about the best praise I could hear for a model in this scale =)
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  November 18, 2014
Quoting IRON DUKE I think this is a very wonderful model. In my spare time I enjoy building Lego waterline ships and focus on the CL's. If at all possible would you send me a set of instructions on how to build this beautiful model.
Hi Iron Duke! I love the name by the way, the Orion/KGV/Iron Duke classes are some of my favorites! I'm flattered you'd like instructions, but I don't know how I'd go about it. My models are usually built off a general plan, but not a more specific "this brick goes here." I still have the ship sitting around, so I could probably provide you with some internal pictures if that would help at all?
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  November 16, 2014
I think this is a very wonderful model. In my spare time I enjoy building Lego waterline ships and focus on the CL's. If at all possible would you send me a set of instructions on how to build this beautiful model.
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  November 4, 2014
Amazing MOC, loved every detail of this epic build 10/10.
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  November 4, 2014
Very impressive! The shaping and details are excellent. Without taking a closer look, I would have assumed that the ship was built at about 1:72, or maybe 1:100 scale.
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  October 21, 2014
Very impressive all the way around -- especially the deck and superstructure details.
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  July 19, 2014
Awesome ship, really love the detail crammed in there, makes it look incredibly realistic. My favorite is the hull design - gotta love the sideways panels technique. Thanks for posting!
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  July 3, 2014
beautiful model,everything is just how it should be,nice lines shape,great job, i used to think building small scale ships was easy until i had a go and gave up,its a lot of work to get them right,and you certainly have done that yet again
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  June 24, 2014
Excellent model of the Arethusa. I really like you have been able to include so many brilliant details, like the seaplane, and the chains on the front deck. And the shape of the hull is spot on.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting Parrington Levens BrillianT! Any plans to do HMS Hood?
Thank Parrington! HMS Hood hasn't worked its way onto my to-do list yet, though it's definitely one I'd love to try my hand at! Renown as modernized would be another one I'd like to have a crack at.
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  June 24, 2014
Quoting "Q M" Christopher Honkzo6 Love the walrus(?) on the flight ramp, as well as the posable turrets. Brilliant building. How long did this take to plan/build?
Thanks Christopher! It took about a year of on and off work to get it all wrapped up, the lower hull always causes me to procrastinate, or I'd have been done sooner. And the seaplane should be either a Hawker Osprey or a Fairey Seafox, per wikipedia. I'm not sure which I meant it to be anymore!
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  June 24, 2014
BrillianT! Any plans to do HMS Hood?
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  June 23, 2014
Good stuff, RN light cruiser are my favorite.
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  June 22, 2014
nice job with the shaping and detailing.
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  June 22, 2014
Wow what a fantastic Job! The Details are perfect.
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  June 22, 2014
Beautiful! Love the bow and the shaping of the hull. Those turrets look fantastic to. Brilliant work!
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  June 22, 2014
Amazing. The shaping of the hull is incredible. Fantastic job.
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  June 22, 2014
fantastically designed and executed!
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  June 22, 2014
Love the walrus(?) on the flight ramp, as well as the posable turrets. Brilliant building. How long did this take to plan/build?
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  June 22, 2014
There sure is a lot of detail for a ship this size!
 
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