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Thanks Tim! Great link...
Thank you for the information Tim. A wealth of knowledge as usual.
Well, then we'll call my mostly out-of-the-box w/a few extras to get my modeling juices flowing again - with a silver Walrus - a sort of "Shortly after refit Exeter build in 1941"....even with the inaccuracies. Besides which I just have to keep that silver Walrus - I love it and it really sets off a color contrast
nicely against the dark grey hull of Exeter on my model - LOL!
That being said, if one can live with some of the inaccuracies of the kit or don't mind doing some corrections, this kit falls into my "highly recommended" column of the builds I have done. It goes together very nicely - a-la a Tamiya kit.
If one wishes to put in just a bit of time and effort it could be made into a fantastic, detailed replica of one of my favorite ships.
Side note, I hate how the RN mis-used her (my opinion) as well as the Prince of Wales and Repulse in rather futile efforts in the Far East. They would have been valuable assets to have used later on when taking the offensive. Perhaps that is my sentimental side, but it's only an opinion.
That photo is one of a series, apparently taken in Plymouth Sound in March 1941. Another of the series (https://www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/205137941) also shows the Walrus from the other side, and it seems to have camouflage demarcations on the fuselage. The differences in shade of the Temperate Sea Scheme can be very slight in B&W photos. I think the Walrus in your starboard beam photo is indeed wearing TSS (but I wouldn't bet on it!).
Also, take a look at the second image. The walrus does not appear to be in a camo pattern at all. Anyone know the date of the picture?:
Thanks Tim! As I wrote earlier this was not an attempt to get everything spot on accurate - but to hone my skills again after a nearly 2 year layoff from building due to one thing or another.
Also, yes! this is the picture I used to model the Walrus. I was told this was 1941 - HMS Exeter in Calcutta.
Jon wrote "I cannot vouch for the accuracy", so this is not a criticism of his model - however, Exeter's configuration differed from that depicted. Aoshima's Exeter kit shows RDF (radar) Type 285 on both for'd and after HA.DCTs, and RDF Type 282 on pompom directors on the after superstructure. Although photos show the framework to take the aerials on the HA.DCTs, I've seen none showing the actual aerials for 285, or 282 arrays - and printed references show only Types 279 and 284 being fitted.
Were these sets (285, 282) fitted when she was lost?
I know of one photo taken after Exeter's damage repairs (http://www.shipmodels.info/mws_forum/download/file.php?id=117811&mode=view) showing a Walrus in what appears to be a silver colour scheme, but most photos of the period show camouflaged aircraft. Incidentally, in this photo, nothing can be seen in the tubs intended for pompom directors, or the zarebas on "B" and "Y" turrets.
to complement the HMS Exeter.
I have the old Samek offering, but it lacks detail... oh well...
...now, if only someone would do an HMS York , in 1/700th, and plastic.
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