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HMS Clematis: 1/72 Flower Class Corvette

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Here is a work in progress of the HMS Clematis from the Revell Platinum Edition kit. I chose this ship because on December 30, 1940, after ordering the convoy she was escorting to disperse, singlehandedly attacked the German Cruiser Admiral Hipper. After facing several broadsides unscathed HMS Clematis forced the German ship to withdraw.

 

I've made several modifications to the kit so far, including modifying the keel, riveting the funnel with Archer's rivet decals, and adding a ships wheel to the control room. All markings are painted, and I used a custom mix of Tamiya paints for the B-55 Admiralty color. I'm also using several photoetch and Shapeways sets purchased from Niall Orr. All comments and advice welcome!

 

Cheers, Tom

 

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Looks great. I keep seeing things like this and think "I'd love to build a boat" when I get the kit though I look at them and bottle it. So far I've done it on Revell's Bismarck and LHD-7.

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It's an ancient kit, but it has a lot of detail and surprisingly good fit. The Platinum edition includes some nice photoetch and metal upgrades as well. I'm taking my time with this one though, since it is a fairly epic build!

 

Cheers, Tom

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Great looking start Tom.  She will be a beauty once finished.  A lot of work but everything will show on the finished model.  I didn't know just how big a kit this was until I saw a couple at a local show.  Mega 'WOW' factor.  I like the colours too!

 

Dan

Dan,

 

Thanks! It is definitely an epic build, and I'm taking my time, puttering away as a break between aircraft builds. That large size pretty much turns this into a lot of mini-models.

 

Cheers, Tom

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Great looking build Tom.

I've always had a bit of a soft spot for Flower class corvettes since many of them served in the RCN.

Carl

Carl,

 

Me too! Being half-Canadian, I was strongly tempted to build one of the 10 built in England for Canadian use, but the Snowberry is built too often for me, and the old decals made by Bob Pearson are long out of production. Thanks for checking in!

 

Cheers, Tom

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Good rescue bud, I have two of these in the stash to build someday as they do build into an impressive model once finished. A friend of mine has one in his display case that he build out of the box and everytime I visit his cave I drool over that boat...lol It's still heck of a ship OOB, of course extra detail is always nice and you can go broke buying things on shapeway on this as there are many cool 3D parts on that site.

 

Btw, have you done anymore work on her since 2016?

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My admiration. I had the non-delux edition and sold it because of the PE that from Great Little Ships (you basically kept the hull and threw out everything else). Once I saw the build below, I couldn't in good conscience build the straight plastic kit.

 

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Good rescue bud, I have two of these in the stash to build someday as they do build into an impressive model once finished. A friend of mine has one in his display case that he build out of the box and everytime I visit his cave I drool over that boat...lol It's still heck of a ship OOB, of course extra detail is always nice and you can go broke buying things on shapeway on this as there are many cool 3D parts on that site.

Btw, have you done anymore work on her since 2016?

Thanks for checking in! I actually have recently: lots of work with Niall’s photoetch and 3-D printed sets, including the platform, shield, and assembly of the 4†gun, the Oerlikon mounts, the breakwater, the pom-pom platform and gun, the anchor winch, and the Carley float platforms. I will try to get some photos posted in the next week or so.

 

Cheers, Tom

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My admiration. I had the non-delux edition and sold it because of the PE that from Great Little Ships (you basically kept the hull and threw out everything else). Once I saw the build below, I couldn't in good conscience build the straight plastic kit.

 

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Bill, thanks! I love that build, the only other Clematis build I’ve seen. Like mine, she’s in the 1943 configuration. I read somewhere that all of the hull rivets were drops of glue applied with a syringe. Hope mine is half as good.

 

Cheers, Tom

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Okay, here's an update:

Overall:

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The 4" gun shield is 3-d printed, while the gun tub and splinter shields are entirely photoetch. The breakwater is styrene, using the kit parts as a template.

 

Anchor winch, 3-d printed:

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Oerlikon tubs, photoetch:

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Pom-pom--3-d printed, gun tub--thinned walls with Dremel, skylights and rear hatchway--all photoetch:

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All aftermarket so far has been provided by Niall Orr. You can contact him via Shapeways, or the Britmodeler forum. Hope you like her so far!

 

Cheers, Tom

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