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Re: 1/700 HMS Icarus D03 Minelayer 1940
The Wright and Logan photo of of Impulsive only show's her mine rails from a broadside perspective however, I followed Mr. Stoneman's advise and visited the IWM online photo archive and looked up H 1637 which is a great view I believe of Icarus taken between May and June 1940. The photo was taken from a dockside level looking aft at about the bridge wing level showing some of her mods including the extension made to her torpedo davit arm angled upward facing inboard.
Photo H 1645 which again I believe to be Icarus from the same series of her with a deck load of soldier's from Dunkirk and a partial view of her outer mine rail from above and aft looking forward. The inner rail is obscured from view with troops on her deck. The outer rail appears to be about 3 feet or so from her Portside edge of her deck. One man has a foot resting on the top of the rail which appears to be around 2 feet off the deck. The top of the rail may well be rounded.
Would those mine rails be round or square in shape? Thank you so much for your help.
I can't help with a overhead photo showing Icarus with her mine rails, but I do have a Wright & Logan photo of Impulsive in 38 with what appears to be her full compliment of mines showing 30 on her starboard side from abreast of the 2nd funnel to her minelaying sponsons aft.
Edgar J. March roughly states in his Book on British Destroyers that when Impulsive converted to minelaying, she landed her number (1 ) and number (4) 4.7 guns and mountings, Ready Use lockers, both sets of torpedo tubes, torpedoes, stores and all T.S.D.S gear to accommodate 60 mines and 30 depth charges.
I am converting the 1/700 IBG kit Ithuriel into the Icarus as a minelayer, during the Narvik campaign. Are there any good photos out there where the mine rails would be located on her deck? Any help would be much appreciated!
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