Merit 1/35 Royal Navy X Craft
February 29, 2016 in Ships
Having now got to grips with all my pictures on my laptop, I thought I would share this recently built model with you all.
This is a really nice kit, very simple, but very detailed, and is built OOB. Not a lot else to say about the model really, but i do have some family and historical links to the real vessels.
My family, including me, have worked in the shipyard where the original X Craft were built. At the time of their build during the war, my great uncle was a young shipwright. Though no longer with us, he told me once that the X Craft were built in complete secrecy and seclusion from the rest of the yard, in an enclosure in a work shop which is still there today.
Apparently they were built during the day, unbeknownst to most people there, and then at night, under cover of the blackout, they were wheeled out on railway low loaders to where the 150 ton dockside crane lifted them into the dock where they conducted commissioning, sea trials and crew training during the hours of darkness.
Then they were lifted back onto their railway wagons and hidden away again before dawn broke, and anyone saw them.
Anyway, for anyone who has seen my other submarine posts, this goes some way to explaining my congenital interest in these machines. I have several other models with links to the yard that i will post in due course, and give some history on.
Oh no……..maybe I can feel another U Boat coming on………..D,oh!!!!
Happy modelling everyone!
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