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HMS Repulse

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"Kostas Katseas (angeleyes) continues to amaze us with his fantastic, detailed builds, this time, it's Tamiya Models 1/700 scale HMS Repulse, in this "On Display" Gallery Feature!"

vessel history...
HMS Repulse, a 26,500-ton Renown class battlecruiser, was built at Clydebank, Scotland. Completed in August 1916, she joined the Grand Fleet following post-trials modifications and operated in the North Sea for the remainder of World War I. The light protection of this class of two battlecruisers was a considerable cause for concern and, soon after the Armistice, Repulse received an extensive refit. This significantly increased her armor, and her displacement, which rose some six-thousand tons. The work was completed in 1922, after which the ship began a peacetime career of fleet operations and long-distance cruises.

In 1933-36, Repulse was again modernized, emerging with improved deck armor, a hangar and catapult for aircraft, and a greatly increased anti-aircraft gun battery. She operated with the Home Fleet in the North Sea and Atlantic during the first two years of the Second World War, taking part in the pursuit of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941. Later in the year she was sent to the Far East, accompanying the new battleship Prince of Wales. The two ships arrived at Singapore just before Japan began the Pacific War. As soon as hostilities commenced, both steamed northwards to intercept a reported invasion force. While returning to Singapore on 10 December 1941, Repulse and Prince of Wales were attacked by Japanese high-level bombers and torpedo planes. Repulse was moderately damaged by bombs early in the action and was later hit by several torpedoes. After receiving this heavy underwater damage, she sank rapidly, followed less than an hour later by the Prince of Wales.

From Naval Historical Center

the model...
Base Kit-Tamiya Models, 1/700 scale HMS Repulse, kit #31617.

This is the Tamiya Repulse. I tried to add a few extra details, to break up the black/white camo scheme. I have used the GMM's generic fret for PE for British BB's.

The base was hand-made by me, and it turned out so nice that I decided not to depict any seascape, but to leave the ship rest on the exposed surface of the wood base instead! At the end it came out pretty well, but still there are a few places i would like to improve a bit more.
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About the Author

About Kostas Katseas (Angeleyes)


Beautiful work Kostas. Kenny
FEB 17, 2009 - 06:25 AM
Masterful work--particularly on all the rigging, and in such a small scale! --Karl
FEB 17, 2009 - 09:58 AM
WOW ! That is a masterpiece in any scale, but in 1/700 ... it doesn't get any better. Superb work. Cheers, Mike
FEB 17, 2009 - 01:35 PM
Gorgeous build... for any scale much less 700.. love the rigging! Cheers
FEB 17, 2009 - 02:40 PM
Thank you very much all . As for the rigging as good as it might seem, there is one at least mistake that i have seen now but is a bit late to rectify that as i have sold the model.The 2 pairs of 3 cables each from the rear mast running to the front yard arms should i think instead gather all somewhere at the back of the small hut on top of the tripod.And i made another mistake as far as i can tell, but i ll let you have a go at it first just for a bit of fun.In the end i might end up with more than 2 mistakes that i know off.Good exercise for my next Repulse.
FEB 19, 2009 - 07:30 AM
Hi Kostas Sorry for the late reply... A great built and great presentation of the HMS Repulse. I like the good camouflage and especially the plank coloring! Congratulations and thanks for sharing (even if you have sold it ) Rui
FEB 22, 2009 - 11:03 AM
Kostas, When I first looked at the pictures of your ship I thought, "wow". Once I realized it is in 1/700 I believe I exclaimed "HOLY S**T" out loud. Absolutely masterful build.
FEB 25, 2009 - 11:01 AM
Fabulous model! I have a hard enough time getting all the plastic bits correct in 1/700, never mind the PE & rigging. BWT, what did you use for rigging?
FEB 26, 2009 - 01:10 AM
it is stretched sprue
FEB 27, 2009 - 08:37 AM
Hello Kostas, Your build is marvellous. I wish I finish one model like this one. Thanks for sharing. Regards
FEB 28, 2009 - 01:04 PM