Guardian of the Western Approach: 1/144 Revell Flower Class Corvette HMCS Snowberry K166
HMCS Snowberry was a Flower-class corvette that was originally built for the Royal Navy, but spent most of the war in service with the Royal Canadian Navy. She fought primarily as a convoy escort during the Second World War. She served primarily in the Battle of the Atlantic.
Flower-class corvettes like Snowberry serving with the Royal Canadian Navy during the Second World War were different from earlier and more traditional sail-driven corvettes. The “corvette” designation was created by the French for classes of small warships; the Royal Navy borrowed the term for a period but discontinued its use in 1877. During the hurried preparations for war in the late 1930s, Winston Churchill reactivated the corvette class, needing a name for smaller ships used in an escort capacity, in this case based on a whaling ship design. The generic name “flower” was used to designate the class of these ships, which – in the Royal Navy – were named after flowering plants.
This was a complex but enjoyable build. It contains over 500 pieces. Overall I was satisfied with the engineering, and overall fit of the pieces and kit. The major components, decks, superstructure fit together well with no major issues. Some of the smaller parts were fiddly and needed holes enlarged and other very simple modifications to complete. The instructions were complete and thorough with full-color painting reference drawings to complete the manual. I did not use any filler because any obvious gaps were hidden by other assemblies. The plastic railings were the most challenging aspect of the build. During the middle of the build I started to loose some momentum because it just felt like it was going on forever… so so many pieces.
Of course, as always, I had the most fun with painting and weathering. I started the base and camo painting of the hull immediately upon completion of the 2-piece full-hull. I painted all the dark grey decking prior to placing them on the boat. I painted 90% of the main vertical structures while still on the parts trees. Although I do not like this process I felt there was no other way to airbrush the intricate structures and components of the ship after assembly. It would of been a masking nightmare. Doing it this way eliminated the need for any masking except for the main camo pattern, and black deck walkways.
Interesting Note: The added 1/144 crew figures were obtained from the 3D-printing vendor Shapeways. They are highly detailed and contain very impressive moldings. I choose the Royal Navy Crewman with foul-weather gear, flotation devices, and steel helmets as if they were at battle-stations during a rough, rainy, sea state. In regards to Shapeways you can actually buy many super-detailed components for this exact ship and I could of gone crazy super-detailing her with these extra parts but just could not afford it at the time. If you have not checked out this resource for model building you really need to. It is an amazing resource of modeling parts.
Well, I hope you enjoy the brief history, simple build review, and attached photos of this classic war ship. As always, your comments and thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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