I have been
a member of Task Force 72 since
about 1996 and I have enjoyed building quiet a few 1:72nd scale warship models
in that time. Most of these models
have been of smaller ships associated with Australia in some way. The smallest 1:72nd scale model ship in
my fleet is a 50 foot Harbour Tug and the largest is an ANZAC Frigate. I am
starting to get a bit of a collection but there is always another ship that I
would like to build. Most of these models are radio controlled and sail
reasonable well although some of the really small models are
not as successful as I had hoped. My models are all scratch built, generally
using a fiberglass and plastic for the decks superstructures and fittings. I have
made wooden plugs and fiberglass moulds for most of my models and many have had
several hulls made for friends etc.
Completed Warship Models
photos of my completed 1:72 scale warship models and a little about each one:
Wollongong (I) J172 (1941 - 1946) is an Australian Bathurst Class
Corvette from WW11. There were 56 of these corvettes built for the Royal
Australian Navy in the early 1940's. After being paid off, this ship
served with the Royal Netherlands Navy and then in 1950 became part of
the Indonesian Navy where she served until being broken up in 1968. The model is 788 mm long with a beam of 131 mm.
Wollongong (II) 206 (1981 - 2006) is an Australian
Fremantle Class Patrol Boat (FCPB). There were fifteen FCPB's built for
the Royal Australian Navy in the early 1980's. All have now been
decommissioned and replaced by the Armidale Class Patrol
Boats. The model is built on a fiberglass hull with styrene deck and
superstructure. It is 583 mm long with a beam of 100
HMAS Wollongong (III)
92 - Is an Armidale Class Patrol Boat (2007 - ) 14 of these ships
have been ordered to replace the aging Fremantle Class Patrol Boats. The
new Patrol Boats are a vast improvement in technology and capability and
will improve the Royal Australian Navy's ability to intercept and
apprehend illegal vessels around the Australian coastline.
HMAS Brunei L127 (1973 - still in service) is an Australian
Landing Craft Heavy (LCH). There were six of these craft built and all
are still in active service with the Royal Australian Navy. The model is 618 mm long with a beam of 140 mm.
HMAS Rushcutter M80
(1986 - 2003) is an Australian Mine Hunter Catamaran. Two prototype
ships were built from glass reinforced plastic and high density foam. An
additional four ships were originally planned but were never ordered. The model is 429
mm long with a beam of 125 mm.
84 (2000 - still in service) is an Australian Huon Class Mine
Hunter. Six of these ships were built for the Royal Australian Navy. The
hulls are made from fiber reinforced plastic and are designed to flex
inwards if an undersea explosion occurs nearby. The hull for the model is
also made from fiberglass with the deck and upper works made from
styrene. The model is 730 mm long with a beam of 138 mm.
Currawong HTS 502
(1969 - still in service) is an Australian Harbour Tug. Four of these
tugs were built for the Royal Australian Navy. One tug was transferred to
Papua New Guinea in 1974. The three remaining tugs are now operated by
Defence Maritime Services. The model is 211
mm long with a beam of 63 mm.
PSS President H.I. Remeliik
001 (1996 - still in service) is a Pacific Forum Class Patrol Boat
operated by the Pacific nation of Palau. Between 1987 and 1997, 22 of
these Patrol Boats were constructed in Australia and were given to 12
Pacific Nations by the Australian Government. The Australian Government
still provide financial and technical support for these ships. The model is 438 mm long
with a beam of 113 mm.
Otway (1968 - 1994) Is an Oberon Class Submarine of the Royal
Australian Navy. The casing and fin from Otway are on display in a park
at Holbrook not far from my home in Wagga Wagga NSW.
155 (2002- still in service) Is an ANZAC Class Frigate. Eight of
these ships have been built for the Royal Australian Navy and another
two have been built for the Royal New Zealand Navy. ANZAC ships are long
range frigates capable of air defence, surface and underwater warfare,
surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. The model is built on a
fiberglass hull with the deck and upper works constructed from styrene.
The model is 1640 mm long with a beam of 205 mm. Still lots of fittings
etc to be made for this model but it is starting to take shape.
90 (1967 - 1985) is an Australian Attack Class Patrol Boat. Twenty
of these ships were built for the Royal Australian Navy in the late
1960's. HMAS Attack was the first ship of this class to be commissioned.
and was eventually transferred to the Indonesian Navy. The model is 455
mm long with a beam of 85 mm.
Harbour Defence Motor Launch
(HDML) Australia had a number of HDML's in service during and after
WWII. The Australian boats were a little longer than those of Britain
being 80 feet long instead of 72 feet. My model is of no
particular boat but it is a craft that has always interested me.
HMAS Jervis Bay
45- This is an 86 Meter Wave Piercing Catamaran built by INCAT in
Tasmania. This ship was leased by the Royal Australian Navy for two
years and was used to transport Australian troops and equipment to and
from East Timor during the United Nations sanctioned peace keeping
mission of the late 1990's
HMAS Snipe - A long way to go before this model is
completed but eventually it will be a Ton Class Mine Hunter of the
Royal Australian Navy.
(2001 - still in service) Is a Collins Class Submarine. Six of these
submarines have been built for the Royal Australian Navy. These boats
are the latest generation of diesel electric submarines and have been
designed to be very quiet when submerged. They also rely heavily on
computer control to minimise crew requirements. The model is 1070 mm
long with a beam of 100 mm.
This will be another small harbour
tug the same as my Currawong above. This model will be painted up
in the scheme currently used by Defence Maritime Services. I have also
made the hull much deeper so that I have more room to fit the radio
This is the
start of my model of a US Navy ATF Powhattan Class Fleet Tug. A
fair bit of work went into moulding the hull for this model and I am
pleased with the result so far. A long way to go but it should make an
interesting model when complete.