Flower Class Corvette

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Postby Will01Capri » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:59 pm

Whilst at Blackpool Model Show and meeting some of the guys on here, my father was checking out some of the buys and bought himself a RC boat in need of some resto!

A 1/72 Revell Flower Class Corvette, it had apparently been built in 1987 and the electronics inside are oldskool, but look like mid to late 90s
It has a lead acid battery inside, but it has been sealed in! DOH!
But not to worry, after floating it it actually sits a little high, so we are going to cut the battery wires off and now power it with 2s lipo and upgrade the ship to 2.4ghz and have a play. With that in there it now brings the water line where it needs to be. So the battery is good ballast now!

There were several dirty, missing and broken parts on it, some parts i also designed up and 3d printed to replace the original broken plastics.

So why this boat some of you may ask?
Well my Great Uncle who unfortunately died only a few days before the model show actually served on a Flower Class Corvette and my father remembers the stories from his uncle as it was an exciting part of his life. With the price of the boat aswell there was no holding him back and he snatched it up. A very good buy.
Its almost ready for the water.

Excuse the rushed photos, but better ones to come
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Postby Son of a gun-ner » Wed Nov 06, 2019 1:20 pm

That looks fantastic Will :thumbup:
There were a few bargains to be had at the show :thumbup:

I'm trying to research what ships my father was a gunner on after the north African campaign. All I know is that he was transferred to the Navy from the Royal Artillery, and served on two convoy escort ships, which both sank. . . .

Yep, he was a lucky man, both times he was taken off the ships to train gunners the first time and take part in D Day training exercises the second time, and out of both ships lost, I believe there was only one survivor, a 17 year old lad.
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Postby Will01Capri » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:05 pm

Son of a gun-ner wrote:That looks fantastic Will :thumbup:
There were a few bargains to be had at the show :thumbup:

I'm trying to research what ships my father was a gunner on after the north African campaign. All I know is that he was transferred to the Navy from the Royal Artillery, and served on two convoy escort ships, which both sank. . . .

Yep, he was a lucky man, both times he was taken off the ships to train gunners the first time and take part in D Day training exercises the second time, and out of both ships lost, I believe there was only one survivor, a 17 year old lad.


Lucky man to be sure! Wow!
I need to find the ships name again which my great uncle served on, but this one in particular in the model has already been named and i know it is a different ship.
Its another thing i love about military modelling, the stories which go behind memories being relived after seeing a scale version of the real items family/friends may have served with :)
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Postby 971wright » Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:16 pm

Hi if you need spares or upgrade check here https://www.model-dockyard.com/acatalog ... Ships.html

regards pete

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Postby Will01Capri » Wed Nov 06, 2019 4:05 pm

971wright wrote:Hi if you need spares or upgrade check here https://www.model-dockyard.com/acatalog ... Ships.html

regards pete

Thats great Pete, many thanks

The only other thing i trying to find now are a set of plans as we don't have any for that ship
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Postby Will01Capri » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:17 pm

That does help indeed. :)
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Postby Eastern Front » Wed Nov 06, 2019 6:49 pm

Nice "Lil" ship...

My personal favorite for Ship related stuff: http://scaleshipyard.com/Main%20Pages/catalog.html

Mostly 1:96 but they do have other scale stuff too..Lots of blueprints, electronics as well

Cheers!
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Postby 43rdRecceReg » Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:37 pm

A lovely looking model, and well worth taking home!! :thumbup:
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