Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Beautiful Big Battleships

 I recently unearthed these photos I took a few years back of a rather fine model battleship, it was in the window of a high end antiques gallery just outside Hastings in East Sussex, the place was shut and I wouldn't be able to get back there later so I had to take the pics as best I could through the glass.  The model was about eight feet long (from memory) and I thought it was amazing, but I know nothing else about it.  Does anyone recognise the ship? the four smoke stacks might give a clue, could it have been a shipbuilders model or a film prop?  I have no idea but I thought, if I like it, then maybe someone else will too, and I think it's too good an image to leave forgotten on an old memory card.  Double click the pics to see the detail, it's taken a lot of punishment over the years but not beyond restoration I think.



In this pic you can just see the stern of another battleship.


Just to add to the confusion, I think this may be a photo of the second battleship mentioned above.

Yes, definitely a second ship, again with four smoke stacks but I think this one was a bit shorter.

When I look at the damage strewn across the decks of  these old models it makes me ponder on the carnage left in the aftermath of a sea battle between such steel leviathans.

8 comments:

  1. Incredible models Brian! The size alone would make them quite unique, but the detail is also amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sometimes you see something and you just know you've got to take a picture!

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  2. Ooh ! that's an impressive ship , marvelous !

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  3. Such splendid models they must have been whilst pristine! The first white-hulled vessel looks like a Cressy-class armoured cruiser and the darker-hulled one looks like a Drake-class armoured cruiser. I imagine both would have been shipbuilders models.

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    1. Many thanks Andy, that's great to know, I guess they would have seen action in WW1.

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  4. I know nothing but I really enjoyed the pictures, amazing!

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    1. Glad you liked them as much as I do, I love it when I find something unusual.

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