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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:48 pm 
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Some years ago, I completed a Combrig HMS Monmouth kit and was intending to follow this up with the also unfortunate HMS Good Hope. A change of plan happened when I saw the image of HMS King Alfred in 1917-18 dazzle camouflage when she was used as an Atlantic convoy escort. I contacted the IWM Collections and purchased the photography/digitising of the Admiralty’s camouflage Order HMS 32 for this ship (then not available on-line). My local photoshop did a fantastic job of combining the port and starboard images and printed them at extremely high resolution on top-quality paper. All the tiny blue-ink stamps indicating the colour for the scheme (White, Black, No.1 Blue Grey, No.2 Grey) are there. The framed print is a great addition to the art on my living room wall.

The kit is built more or less from the box but with some modifications that several of the Leviathan Class received during WW1, including the moving of the lower casement 6” guns to the main deck – these turrets are from AJM – and a reduction of the boat complement. A large element of the modifications can be seen in the profile of HMS Drake in Norman Friedman’s British Cruisers of the Victorian Era. The Perkins Identification Album British Warship Recognition Vol.III: Cruisers 1865-1939, part 1 is also a good source as are the images of the builders’ model of HMS Leviathan in David Hobbs’ Warships of the Great War Era – a history in ship models.

Unfortunately, the only image of HMS King Alfred is small and not of good quality. I excluded the foremast derrick (as per HMS Drake) but replaced them with what appear to be two smaller derricks (for coaling/ammunitioning?) – only a guess at the correct placement. I left the aft-bridge wings as they were as the photo appears to show them – in HMS Drake they were removed. The fore-bridge on HMS King Alfred also appears to have been enlarged at the rear but I could not really see what needed doing. Two large rafts are added to the rear of the aft superstructure. I made some attempt at the cage aerials, but only in using three lengths of the thinnest Uschi thread.

Painting was done with a variety of media but two of the dazzle colours were from the WEM range, namely GW02 #2 Grey and GW13 #1 Blue/Grey. I am not convinced these are correct if the Order’s colours are anything like prototypical – the No.2 Grey is darker and more bluish (GW02 #2 Grey is a medium grey, possibly slight greenish) and the No.1 Blue Grey is a more saturated blue (GW13 #1 Blue/Grey is hardly tinted blue at all). I chickened out of following the Order but added some NARN B5 blue to the blue grey – but not enough, I think.

All in all, a great model from Combrig and I’ve got my eyes on their new Cressy/Aboukir/Hogue next.

Cheers, GrahamB
ImageDSC_0326 (2) by Graham Bird, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0325 (2) by Graham Bird, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0324 (2) by Graham Bird, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0319 (2) by Graham Bird, on Flickr
ImageDSC_0348 (2) by Graham Bird, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:34 am 
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Very nice! Love the camo and the rigging

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:47 am 
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A beautiful and delicate build. Very well done!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:32 am 
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Very nice work.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2020 1:52 pm 
I agree with the above. Thanks for posting your pictures of your magnificent model. Lovely work.


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Lovely model with very fine details and a perfectly executed paintwork!


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:25 pm 
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Beautiful work, sir. I really like the camo! :thumbs_up_1:

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:40 pm 
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Great project well executed! :thumbs_up_1:

I thought about that conversion for a long time, you done it!

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