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Imperial Chinese Navy Chen Yuen, 1894. S-Model 1/700

April 25, 2013 in Ships

Hello, this is my first post in iModeler. So I hope you guys like it.

The Imperial Chinese Navy Chen Yuen built in Stettiner Vulcan AG, Germany, was the sister of Ting Yuen. She was completed and enrolled Peiyang Fleet service in 1885. She took part in the Battle of the Yalu on September 17 1894 in the First Sino-Japanese War. During the batlle, she hit the Japanese flag ship Matsushima with her 12-inch main guns and heavily damaged it. When Peiyang Fleet surrendered to the Imperial Japanese Navy in Wei-Hai-Wei, Chen Yuen, which had already hurt by striking a rock early, was also captured by the Japanese on Febraury 17 as a prize of war. She joined Japanese Navy on March 16 and kept her original Chinese name. She participated in the Batte of the Yellow Sea and the Battle of Tsushima in the Russo-Japanese War. She decommissioned on April 1 1911 and became a target shio, finally was scrapped in Yokohama on April 6 1912.

Chen Yuen displaced 7,670 tons loaded and had a speed of 15.4 knots (29 km/h). At 10 knots (19 km/h), she had a range of around 4,500 nautical miles (8,300 km). Her armament consisted of four 12 inch (305 mm) Krupp 25 calibre breech-loading guns in two barbettes one either side with a secondary armament of two 5.9 inch (150 mm) 35 calibre Krupp breech-loaders placed fore and aft. To this were added six 37 mm guns and three above the waterline torpedo tubes. Total crew was around 363 officers and men.

The Kit is S-Model, very well detailed with an excellent fit and includes some photo etched plates plus the cannon barrels. The base is a block of styrofoam wrapped in watercolour paper to give the sea texture, painted with Gunze acrylics and finished with gloss clear coat plus “Still Water” from Vallejo. For the rocks and hill I used DAS modelling paste and some Woodland Scenics products for the trees and bushes.


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20 responses to Imperial Chinese Navy Chen Yuen, 1894. S-Model 1/700

  1. What an interesting and unusual subject, you must really know your subject ,very impressive.

  2. Cool choice of model. You just don’t see one of these things everyday. Your diorama does evoke a mood of the era. My Grandpa was born in 1894 in Denmark. he ran away to sea and sailed in some old coal-burning freighters for 10 years until he had enough. The men who sailed these things definitely had what it takes. Again, a lovely model and diorama. Adios, Larry.

  3. That would be an impressive model/diorama in ANY scale, but THAT is truly beyond the scope of “impressive” – quite an achievement, Jorge. Outstanding work.

  4. Absolutely wonderful, The Chinese style landscaping is exquisite, and perfect for the subject.

  5. I’ll agree with the others, plus that the water looks drop dead gorgeous. Terrific modeling. Welcome onboard!

  6. Decoration of any collection – it looks great!

  7. Welcome to the site, and a very nice!

  8. I REALLY like this one! Apart from being a very nice model, an added attraction is that it is from a period in history we seldom see depicted in scale! Beautiful and I am looking forward to seeing more from you!



  9. I’ve got a bunch of 1/1000 scale Houston models of the 1894 Chinese Navy and you have inspired me to finally put them together. Really a nice job. BTW, do you know if the Chinese changed their paint scheme with the advent of war?

  10. Hi John, I’m glad I have inspired you with my work! Thanks!, all tough I must admit I have no idea regarding the Chinese’s paint schemes…sorry

    cheers mate!

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