So I am back in a historical frame of mind...so a break from Sister's of Battle and Imperial Guard models and for a second time I will delve into the world of historical models with a repeat with some deviations of my last foray.
Some (well actually most of you who frequent the historical model forums) will remember my previous ship model in 1:72 scale built for the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy. I know in that thread many suggested that I build a U-Boat to match up against the humble corvette, but living in Vancouver in a condo means that space is a premium and only one large ship model can be built at a time. U-Boat fans can take solace in the fact I do have a 1:72 U-Boat waiting in the wings, but it is at least two projects off.
You see my father was so impressed with the first corvette he asked if I would build one he could show at his place in his "nautical corner". Being an ex-fisherman he has a collection of ship fittings and other nautical nick-nacks and a few old books and logs.
So I started a second 1:72 scale build of a Flower Class Corvette, but this time I promised myself I would do the corvette in the long foc'sle or refitted version that more resembles the kit. Being a British Columbian, my dad asked that it be a Canadian Corvette so that immediately meant that I would be deviating from the kit again.
Here is the start of my second ship model.
This time I will be using more of the hull...but since I will again build an RCN corvette I will be flattening the stern once more.
So I figured since I had done so much research on her I would build a second, later version of CHILLIWACK, the same ship I built the first time at about 18 months later in her career.
Courtesy of the Ken Macpherson Collection:
CHILLIWACK in 1945 (due to the rocket racks on the 4 Inch)
A rather famous photo of CHILLIWACK after her participation in the sinking of U-744...since this was taken after a fresh coat of white paint she looks almost new. Note the censor has deleted the radar lantern to hide the "secret" centimetric radar.
A picture of CHILLIWACK's crew from 1944 I believe, see the pet cat in the sailors hands in the front row on the left side of the photo.
Picture of the boarding of U-744 in 1944....it has been touched up for a newspaper so you can see the shell holes and the White Ensign on the conning tower, as well as the U-Boat's emblem. That swordfish emblem might be familiar to anyone who has watched the movie Das Boot (The Boat). It was originally the personal emblem of Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock's U-96 and was later adopted by the 9th Unterseebootsflottille when he assumed command of the flotilla.
So wish me luck.
PS: Revell has sadly discontinued the model kit, but I suspect it will be re-released again in the future.