HMS Hermes was the first purpose-designed aircraft carrier to be built (although the Japanese Hosho was the first to be commissioned). She spent much of her time on the China station and was too small and obsolescent at the start of WW2. When the Japanese moved into the Indian Ocean in 1942, she was rapidly overwhelmed by aircraft and sunk.
A Round Table class armed trawler fitted with acoustic minesweeping gear.
A 1/1250 scale metal model of Mauretania as a troopship during WW2. Although pressed into service as a troopship early in the war, this model has all the fittings, AA guns, de-gaussing cable for protection against magnetic influence mines & carley floats and life-rafts, that were added by 1942.
New release from Navis Neptun in 2011 - fine detail as usual from Neptun of HMS London that was built as name ship of a class of cruisers that numbered just 4. London became the heaviest cruiser in the RN after a rebuild in 2/41. Model is in post rebuild form and in overall grey finish.
New for 2012, last year's long-awaited model with painted decks.
Length 155mm beam15mm.Most of the Kent class were rebuilt prior to WW2 and Neptun has modelled the different variations. HMS Cornwall was re-fitted in similar fashion to HMS Berwick.
The effectiveï D class cruisers arrived at the end of WW1, armed with 6 6" guns in single turrets and having a speed of 29 knots. Some were to be much modified in WW2 but this special model shows Despatch in the peacetime colours worn when 'flying the flag', in the heyday of the British Navy!
A 1/1250 scale metal waterline model of HMS Grenville, the U-class destroyer leader in 1943. This second HMS Grenville to serve in WW2 was built by Swan Hunter in 1942. She saw a lot of action in the Mediterranean and the Channel before being re-fitted for service in the far east, with a lattice mast replacing the tripod modelled here.
New for 2012! At last, a Mark 1 Hunt class escort destroyer from Neptun. These ships were designed to carry 8 main guns but Atherstone capsized whilst fitting out, so B-turret was removed from them all, as modelled here
Filling a gap in Navis's range, a nice model of Derwent, a Hunt Type III of which there were 28. Four 4" DP guns provided the main armament but 2 x 21" torpedo tubes were provided. Derwent was Vickers Armstrong built, surviving the war but scrapped at Penrhyn in February 1947 during a chilly winter.
New for 2012! A model of a Thornycroft, long forecastle, Hunt IV class escort destroyer of which only two were completed, Brissenden & Brecon.
Navis Neptun 1184 1/1250th scale diecast model of HMS Shoreham, Built by Chatham White, this small escort sloop, 1105 tons displacemnt, survived WW2 to become the mercantile Jorge Fel Joven and was scrapped in November 1950.
This is a 1/1250 scale model in resin of the British submarine, M3, after conversion to a minelayer in 1927. M3 was used totest a system of submarine minelaying later put into purpose designed submarine minelayers of the Porpoise class. The system worked but M3 was unstable and slow to achieve trim after diving, so she was withdrawn in 1928 and subsequently scrapped.
A 1/1250 scale metal model of the Cunard Liner, Queen Elizabeth as a troopship during WW2. A new production run with a provisional price yet to be confirmed. Expected December 2016.
A 1/1250 scale metal model of an LSG, HMS Derwentdale of 1941-60. Three RFA tankers (Derwentdale, Dewdale & Ennerdale) were converted when building to carry and launch landing craft. They still retained their ability to transport bulk liquids plus 15 LCM (1)s and 215 troops. All three were retained in navy service until 1959 and Derwentdale continued in merchant service as Irvingdale.
New for 2015!A differently configured Black Swan class Sloop to the earlier HMS Ibis model to represent the class as modified for service later in WW2.