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Re: Bassett-Lowke tidbit
Agreed. So far as I know Derek Head had the largest collection of these wood models in the world. He had more than duplicates of many models; he had triplicates and quadruplicates, and not just of the warships, but of liners as well. He collected not just BL models, but also models by other makers such as Amis, Commander Norman, etc. and after the war had BL and others custom make models for him too.
As for the French 1,500 ton destroyers, I can discern little difference in the models over the years that they were produced. But one difference I have noticed. When originally built, the real ships had taller funnels, which were subsequently reduced in height. My model of SIMOUN has taller funnels than the later models done by BL and others, so I assume itís an early version. And while BL and others did make models that reflected the changes in wartime appearance, I have yet to see that having been done with the French 1,500 ton ships.
I suspect demand in the UK for a BL high-detail model of a small French destroyer prior to WW2 would have been almost non-existent.
These would have been exactly the type of models contracted out to a wide variety of makers by BL when the need for large numbers of wartime recognition models arose.
There would not have been the same quality and configuration control over these as there would have been in Northampton.
I think it was Paul who pointed out that the Head Collection was enormous and contained many duplicates, often with variations - probably why Derek Head carried on collecting them. His book contains pictures of only a fraction of the collection.
A model sold from the collection as "illustrated on p43" of his book (for example) may not actually be the model pictured but one of a number of similar but very slightly different models of the same ship from the collection.