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HMS Bedouin

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This build of mine is the Tribal class destroyer HMS Bedouin, shown during, or rather moments before, the second battle of Narvik, April 1940. The idea came from a grainy photo in 'Destroyers at War' by Gregory Haines which shows Bedouin in company with HMS Warspite steaming up the fjords past snow clad slopes to engage the trapped German forces. The model shows Bedouin moments before entering Ofotfjord, all weapons trained starboard for a close quarters battle.

The kit is from Samek and a good one, I used the WEM Tribal class set for smaller parts, replaced the quad pom pom with one of their resin versions and used GMM ultra fine railings and crew, the remainder is not far from being out of the box as I couldn't find much at all that needed any alteration. One word of caution with this kit though, there is a recess around the hull which is meant to aid the placement of etched railings, but I found it did anything but help and I had more trouble with railings on this kit than any since I first started using them.

Rigging is stretched sprue and after some intial problems with too much heat in tensioning, I did find it quite easy to use and was pleased with the effect. I wanted to build an early Tribal with the full 4.7" armament and to my mind more graceful equally sized funnels (the aft funnel was cut down slightly later to improve the arc of fire for the pom pom), which also meant an overall mid grey (507B) scheme as a change from all the intricate camo patterns of later war RN destroyers.

Apart from some dodgy railings which I may still go back to, I'm pretty pleased with how she turned out.
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About Mike McCabe (MikeM)


Hi Mike, Good looking destroyer! Your photos betray your described photoetch problems,... it all looks good, the paint, the railings and the rigging! I like the layered paint look throughout, whether it's layering of paints or a wash, it's subtle and very clean. thanks for sharing, Frank
JAN 19, 2008 - 05:57 PM
Rui I must admit to not knowing much about fire control, so I didn't realise the director and guns would always be in the same direction, the intention was to show the ship not in the act of firing but in preparation, so that is my excuse. By the way if the main guns are being used for AA fire, would the director also be used then, or just for surface targets? Mike
JAN 20, 2008 - 02:24 AM
Hi Mike Excuse accepted! As for your question: Fire Control Radar / Director can be used for combined operations, Air or Surface, depending on the system. At this period, I guess that for the main armament it was used (for better results) for surface targets, all in conjunction - since I guess that the used technologies wouldn't allow for independent single targeting. Smaller armament and own directors for surface / small craft/ air targets. Usually the control is acquired / switched on with the weapon at zero azimuth, to prevent high velocity rotation that could injure any crew members caught in the way and not paying attention Hope this helps - but in no way your model is diminished by this infinite detail (and as I told before it could be a snapshot of the moment they are acquiring the target) Skipper
JAN 20, 2008 - 03:48 AM
Hi Mike, Great looking boat and the figures add that all importany sense of action, so often missing on smaller scales. great stuff. Al
JAN 20, 2008 - 04:27 AM
Wonderful movement and atmosphere give this little kit such great presence, a fine example to emulate if you're thinking of building a small ship. That Rui, he knows a lot! A good man to have on the site. Peter F
JAN 21, 2008 - 05:42 AM
Another of Mike's masterpieces - As usual i get dizzy at looking at the details, the pictures are tops and ultra moody not to mention ace water and trail too!
JAN 21, 2008 - 06:24 AM
Excellent mate... Really excellent! How did you make the water and what did you use for rigging?
JAN 21, 2008 - 09:25 AM
The water is acrylic gel on watercolour paper, the rigging stretched sprue. Mike
JAN 22, 2008 - 06:25 AM
the detail and paint are really well done, a very live and real effect. Rigging turned out very nice, and love the water, you make it look easy!
JAN 26, 2008 - 09:44 PM
Great build! Love the water, yet again... subtle weathering, ship looks like it is really setting up for action, impressive use of sprues for rigging.. .thanks for sharing!
JAN 27, 2008 - 04:14 AM