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!
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
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!