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"Forlorn Hope"

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"Spawned from our recent "WWI Warships Campaign" comes this fabulous diorama from Karl Zingheim, in this MSW Feature!"

The Event
This is my entry for the World War One campaign. It depicts the loss of the Royal Navy dreadnought HMS Audacious after striking a German mine north of Ireland on 27 October 1914.

The Audacious had recently moved to the west coast of Scotland with the rest of the British Grand Fleet while defenses were being improved at the new base at Scapa Flow to the north of Scotland. On that morning, the Audacious was maneuvering for gunnery practice when she struck a mine which had been laid by the converted German liner Berlin.

The flooding from the hit on the bottom of the hull caused progressive flooding which could not be isolated and over the course of several hours, the ship began to fill and settle. Strenuous efforts were made to rig a tow, including an attempt from the famed ocean liner Olympic, sister to the Titanic.

Ultimately, all attempts to tow the stricken dreadnought failed and the crew was taken off. The Audacious capsized that evening. An explosion occurred not long after and the ship disappeared beneath the waves.

Not long ago, an expedition surveyed the wreck and determined that the magazine group from turret two had detonated after the ship inverted , demolishing the forward half of the great ship.

The Scene
My 1/350 scale Diorama depicts a final attempt to tow the Audacious by the light cruiser Liverpool. Destroyers such as the Fury stand by as the crew is massed for evacuation. All the models are scratch-built.
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About the Author

About Karl Zingheim (CaptSonghouse)
FROM: CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES

I am the staff historian for the USS Midway Museum in San Diego. I've been modeling since age 5 and specialize in naval dioramas. Larger scales (for ships) is my preference as is naval warfare up to 1945. The more that comes out in 1:350, the better!


Comments

A beautiful piece of modeling craft. I love the whaleboats evacuating the crew. The sea rolling in over the port side looks awe inspiring and gives a great sense of drama to the dio. Thanks for sharing this with us. cheers, Julian
APR 18, 2010 - 06:31 AM
Heck of a job Karl! Nicely composed with lots of action and drama. That the ships are all scratch built amazes me. Truly excellent workmanship.
APR 18, 2010 - 10:50 AM
A pleasure to view, really nice work. So much to look at.. steve
APR 19, 2010 - 04:39 AM
I really like it, excellent distribution of elements throughout the surface, good story, plenty of greatly made details, all my congratulations for an outstanding scene JB
APR 19, 2010 - 05:04 AM
Wonderful work Karl.
APR 19, 2010 - 01:43 PM
Great work! Great scratch building and beautiful composition! Guido
APR 19, 2010 - 07:50 PM
HI Alec! Actually, Audacious was venting steam. The photos taken by the American tourists on the nearby RMS Olympic depict the steam venting into the Irish damp very nicely. Thanks! --Karl
APR 20, 2010 - 06:43 AM
Amazing work Karl, a great build all around, cheers
APR 30, 2010 - 01:19 AM
Beautiful diorama! Really amazing stuff... And scratchbuilt too.
APR 30, 2010 - 09:37 AM
Thanks everyone for your attention and kind comments. The First World War campaign was a wonderful opportunity to explore another era not just in ship technology, but in the approach to a modern sea war. Although the campaign itself has concluded, I will still produce several other scenes from that conflict. Keep modeling! --Karl
APR 30, 2010 - 10:02 AM