HMCS Snowberry (Pennant K166)
July 16, 2015 in Ships
This is the Flower Class Corvette, HMS Snowberry, although more correctly listed as HMCS Snowberry, as it was one of ten Corvettes lent to the Canadians in 1941 for convoy escort and anti-submarine duties in the North Atlantic.
Details of the ship and its service history are at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HMCS_Snowberry_%28K166%29.
This is Revell’s re-boxing of the old Matchbox kit, upgraded as a ‘Platinum Edition’, for the inclusion of a large etch fret and laser-cut wooden decking. In 1/72, it’s a large model, with a length of about 87cm (34.5 inches). The principal colour used here is Tamiya Royal Light Grey, with the hull mottled in yellow, green, and brown under light coats of Tamiya Dull Red. Although I’ve seen various versions of this model with either red or black hulls, I’ve opted for the RN anti-fouling red rather than the bitumen-based black used by the RCN on ships built in Canada. The Western Approaches Green and WA Blue were mixed from Humbrol enamels.
With the photos of the completed build, I include here a few build images. For more details, there’s a WIP thread at http://imodeler.com/groups/the-armada/forum/topic/flower-class-corvette-platinum-edition/.
Although the weathering looks extreme, the archive image here of another Corvette on convoy demonstrates the standard level of wear and hardship these ships and crews endured in the North Atlantic.
The model here depicts the ship in May, 1943, just before her (much needed) second major refit.
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