HMS Belfast 1/350 Trumpeter

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  • Paul Barber said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    The Town-class light cruiser HMS Belfast has been a fixture on the Thames, in sight of Tower bridge since 1971, as a floating element of The Imperial War Museum. I have been aboard more times than I can remember, and from a very early age. Now that I live in Australia however, I can not afford myself the luxury of the 10 minute train journey I used to take to visit her. When this GB was announced I knew I had a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint myself with this old friend!

    She has a heck of a history. Launched on St Patrick’s day in 1938 , she was commissioned by the Royal Navy in 1939. There followed 25 years of active service.

    She defended the Arctic conveys and fought at the Battle of North Cape in Norway, playing a key role in the hunting and sinking of The Scharnhorst. In 1944 she supported the landings at Normandy and is said to have fired some of the earliest shots.

    From 1950 to 1952 (405 days), and now relevant to this GB, Belfast was involved in Korea, making coastal patrols and bombarding onshore targets in support of ground forces. During the course of the conflict, she covered over 80,000 miles in the war zone and fired more than 8,000 rounds.

    I will have to do some detailed research to learn about the colour scheme and any adaptations made to her in Korea. I’d imagine this build will take me deep into this GB!

  • Erik Gjørup said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Great choice Paul @yellow10. I shall be tuned in on this build!

  • Spiros Pendedekas said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    What a great choice, Paul @yellow10!
    Welcome to the KW GB!

  • Chuck A. Villanueva said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Excellent subject Paul. Our first navel vessel to appear in the GB. Love it. Will follow this with keen interest.

  • gary sausmikat said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Cool! A ship. Have fun with this one.

  • Ilan Shapiro said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    I would like to see this built! Thank you. Ilan

  • Ilan Shapiro said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Was able to snag this book used on Amazon; many glossy color closeup pics.
    Belfast: Cruiser 1939 Johnstone-Bryden Seaforth 26.00

  • Louis Gardner said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Hello Paul, @yellow10
    Welcome aboard my friend to our ever growing group. Thank you very much for participating.

    Like the others have mentioned, I too will be watching this one. Fantastic !!!! You sure picked a great subject with this one……….

  • Allan J Withers said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Good one Paul, at some point I will keep you company with my ship build !!

    1 attached image. Click to enlarge.

  • Paul Barber said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    @airbum @fiveten @ilanortho @uscusn @gwskat @kalamazoo @lgardner

    Thanks So much for the warm group welcome gents – my first ship since I was a kid.

    Allan – I can’t wait to see yours. I have a feeling I’ll need all of the 3 years to get this done! And a bank loan for the aftermarket stuff!!

    Ilan – thanks for the heads up – I have a few books on Belfast to read on the way, but not that one yet!

    Here’s a shot of Belfast coming alongside USS Bataan in 1952.

  • Louis Gardner said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    This is another great choice you made Paul. @yellow10
    This just has the feeling it is going to be an epic build………. All of the components are in place.

    Alan, @kalamazoo
    I have always enjoyed watching your builds come to life too. You are so precise with your canopies, and your paint schemes are always magnificent.

  • John Healy said 9 months, 3 weeks ago:

    Great choice, Paul. I’d like to see a Belfast kit offered in 1/700.

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