Ok, here it is! HMS Repulse! I have been working on this ship for almost 9 months (on and off), so there is some sense of finality. HMS Repulse was a Renown class Battlecruiser, commissioned in 1916 and sunk on December 10, 1941 by Japanese air attack off of Malaya. This model depicts the ship as she was sunk on 10 DEC 41, and as always is in my standard 1/200th scale. At a real life length of 794 feet, this model comes in at just a smidgen under 4 feet in 1/200th scale. That makes it the largest full-hull model I have ever made, and the largest ship I've made in about 15 years (previous winner was a 5+ foot USS Arizona, but that was in a rainbow of colors...so I don't really count it). The ship herself carried 6 x 15 inch main guns, 9 x 4 inch secondary guns to engage enemy destroyers, 6 x 4 inch anti-aircraft guns, 3 x quad 2 pounder pom-pom anti-aircraft guns, 6 x 20 mm AA cannons and 4 x quad .50 cal machine guns (at the time of her sinking and depicted here). In addition she was launched with a number of torpedo tubes above and below the waterline.
About this creation
As far as the construction goes, I started with the full hull because I usually get lazy and don't finish the lower hull before I get antsy and move on to something else. There is nothing really connecting upper to lower hull, which makes the ship displayable as either full hull or waterline. The only real issue I have with the hull is right at the bow there is some separation between upper and lower hulls due to how I attain the rake in the bow. I TRIED to go studless, but some of the superstructure decks required a few studs. I got a number of really useful techniques going here, notably how the decks were managed, the turrets being sunk into the barbettes, getting a nice pointed bow, the boats and dealing with the variety of secondary and AA armament. The breakwater is also something I'm very proud of. The entire hulls is studless, which makes me REALLY happy :D I hope you get as much enjoyment out of the pictures as I did building it :D
Aircraft handling, hangar doors, Supermarine Walrus observation aircraft (which was destroyed during the action of 10 December 1941 and pushed over the side).
The two rounded studs visible beneath the forward boat represent the above-waterline torpedo tubes. Repulse had four sets of these (the second set is located further back on the hull and can be seen in other photos).
Boats! Repulse carried a lot of them, but at this scale I can only represent about 60% of them. They are removed here the boat handling equipment is visible :)
A size comparison with the Italian cruiser Fiume that is currently a work in progress...Repulse is almost 200 feet longer and massively more...massive!
Weapon mounts seen here with the guns removed. The binoculars mounted here are to represent the quad .50 mount. Because of the incredibly small size, individually modeling each gun barrel is impossible at this scale =\ There is another pair mounted on the aft tripod mast.
This is just marvellous! I guess it is your best ship so far, and that is quite an achievement considering the quality of the other MOCs of yours. The SNOT technique is brilliant, details are remarkable, especially for this scale, and if there is a ship that deserves 5/5 then this is the one. The little Walrus is a gem of its own. And I'm really glad that our conversation turned out to be much more than just plain talking- Fiume looks very promising... I think it would be great if you could write something about the origin of the names of the Zara class cruisers and the symbolic value they had for the Italians. I come from an ex-Yugoslav country, so I'm happy to see something even remotely connected to our former homeland. Keep up the good work!
Just love the scale model-like quality of this build. Clever use of elements especially for the superstructure, and the camouflage pattern adds a nice touch. Modeling ships in this scale requires in-depth knowledge of what Lego parts are available, and how best to use them. You excel in both areas. Cheers!
Partly because of this posting, I find that you seem to be an expert at building historically accurate ships and I think that you would be a true source of inspiration and a valuable giver of advice to future shipbuilders, so I have taken the liberty to invite you to my new group “Ship Builders guide”.
I like it
February 1, 2012
I think the best thing about this build is how you chose a modest scale, 5/5, super well done. Chris
That...is absolutely amazing. It's the little touches that are really making this pop for me; e.g., the way you had her launches actually hanging from the davits really caught my eye, and really capturing that low freeboard the actual Repulse had astern just makes my eyes goggle. Very nice work!