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    Captain Brown builds the Flower Class Corvette HMCS CHILLIWACK (What did he say?!)

    Well, due to the lack of activity on my other logs (which are mostly complete any way) I have received a few PMs from members asking if I was alright. I am perfectly fine; I just have not been doing any 40K or WFB stuff recently.

    This is what I will be working on for the foreseeable future, not really GW inspired at all (but a few GW bits might make their way into the model before it is done), it is a model of a World War II Flower Class Corvette.

    It should be noted I have not built a model ship since I was 15 and it was a 1/700 scale mounted on a cardboard sea (over 20 years ago)…so this should be a bit of an experience. Also my friend Kelly who used to be one half of Sorcerer Studios summed up historical models with the phrase, “historical models scare me, because there are usually pictures out there that show you the real thing, and nothing I do will ever resemble them". This I think is a little nagging fear of many of us who do science-fiction figures and models.

    So I want to build the Canadian Flower Class Corvette HMCS CHILLIWACK in her 1942 configuration (short foc’sle). Why, because I am in the navy...and it will be my navy's 100th anniversary next year and there is a competition to build these 1/72 scale models as one of the ways to celebrate that fact.

    For those who have forgotten their history, the Flower Class Corvette were simple escorts built to hunt German U-Boats and sweep for mines laid by submarines near harbour entrances. They were based on pre-war Whale Hunting ships and were simple to build and maintain. As a result of the U-Boats being more efficient at sinking merchant ships than initially believed and the loses encountered by convoys, the little Corvettes were impressed into convoy escort across the Atlantic...something they really had not been designed for.

    Canada, not having much of an established ship building infrastructure discovered that it could produce these from multiple civilian yards across the country, in fact we built about 111 of the Flower or her successor the Revised Flower Class. As for the name, so the story goes Sir Winston Churchill liked the idea of newspaper stories announcing the sinking of a German U-Boat by HMS Buttercup as somewhat inspiring. Canada named all but 10 of her Flowers after cities and towns, because flowers couldn't knit mittens for the sailors. In fact in Canada almost all our warships are named after cities and towns to encourage connections between the navy and the nation.

    HMCS CHILLIWACK was one of the 1939-1940 Canadian Program built on the West Coast at Burrard Dry Dock Co. Ltd (very close to my home).
    Launched: 9-14-1940
    Commissioned: 4-8-1941
    Foc’sle Extension: 10-10-1943 Halifax (not an issue for this build)
    Now I have acquired a copy of the original plans for CHILLIWACK and her sisters AGASSIZ, TRAIL and WETASKIWIN. These plans are with the two mast configuration, which by 1942 CHILLIWACK had dropped to the single mast forward of the bridge (as well as other changes such as Bridge wing extensions, weapon changes and if I do later 1942 the 271 Radar lantern).

    The Corvette has arrived:

    It was a little flat from Canada Post.

    However the kit seems to be intact:

    Check of the parts and they all seem to be there, a few bits had broken free, but nothing seriously damaged, just the box getting a little flat.

    I will need to wash them and take a look at the parts next.

    One version of CHILLIWACK in early middle 1942

    Someone PM'd me and asked why am I doing this...besides sheer enjoyment I am entering this model in this competition.

    The long painting war continues,


    PS: In case you were wondering the number of parts:

    Last edited by Captain Brown; 07-09-2017 at 05:48.
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