Monday 16 April 2012
Minifigs Warships - Reborn!
I have at last managed to get a full set of photographs of the masters for the relaunched Minifigs Warship range from Dave Ryan at Caliver books and so have taken the liberty of providing the full list as available from him with the appropriate pictures. The prices etc are available from Caliver Books themselves.
Miniature Figurines Early 20th Century Warships – 1:1800th scale (150ft per inch)
1. Late Pre Dreadnought – based on the Lord Nelson/Agamemnon Class Battleship (2) 76mm
2. Second Class Pre Dreadnought – based on the Swiftsure/Triumph Class Battleship (2) 82mm
3. Early Pre Dreadnought – based on the Majestic Class Battleship (9) 83mm – Also usable as the Centurion Class (3 of these although these were shorter by between 30 to 50ft) and the Royal Sovereign Class (8) although these had their main guns in barbettes rather than turrets and so will need replacing.
4. Later Dreadnought – based on the Iron Duke (4)/King George V (4) Class Battleship 97mm – Also usable as the Orion class although these had the tripod aft of the fore funnel.
5. Later Battle Cruiser – based on the Lion/Princess Royal Class Battleship (2) 97mm – Also usable as the Queen Mary
6. Pre Dreadnought – based on the Canopus Class Battleship (6) 84mm – Also usable as Formidable (3), London (3), Queen (2) and Duncan (6) classes.
7. Early Armoured Cruiser – based on the Drake Class Cruiser (4) 84mm – Also usable as Cressy Class (6), Diadem Class (8) and could also be used for the Monmouth Class (10) with the removal of a funnel and slightly redeploying the remaining three.
8. Later Armoured Cruiser – based on the Devonshire Class Cruiser (6) 81mm
9. Small Light Cruiser – based on the Arethusa Class Light Cruiser (8) 82mm
10. Light Cruiser – based on the Weymouth Class (Light) Protected Cruiser (4) 77mm – Actually a Light Cruiser and usable for the Bristol (5), Chatham (6), Birmingham (4) and Birkenhead (2) classes.
11. Early Battle Cruiser – based on the Invincible Class Battle Cruiser (3) 93mm – This looks more like the follow on Indefatigable class but has the turrets in the wrong place – the two innermost were ‘wing’ turrets
12. Early Dreadnought – based on H.M.S. Dreadnought (1) 83mm – Also usable for the Bellerophon (3) and St Vincent (3) classes although the tripod mast was ahead of the fore funnel rather than aft as in the Dreadnought herself.
13. Late Protected Cruiser – described as an Early Turret Battleship 69mm – Actually a 3 funnelled cruiser suitable for use as Challenger (2), Hermes (3), Arrogant (4) and Topaze (4) classes. Also usable for the German Bremen class (7).
14. Early Protected cruiser – described as an Early Turret Battleship 67mm - Actually a 2 funnelled cruiser suitable for use as Edgar (7), Royal Arthur (2) and Blake (2). Also usable for the German Gazelle class (10)
15. Transport Ship 71mm – Typical merchant steamer.
16. Transport Ship 66mm – Smaller merchant steamer
17. Transport Ship – Typical small steamer described as a Minesweeper 36mm
18. Victoria and Albert Royal Yacht 75mm – Victoria and Albert III, launched in 1901.
19. Destroyer 46mm
20. Destroyer 47mm
21. Destroyer 45mm
22. Destroyer 46mm
23. Destroyer 50mm
24. Destroyer 53mm
All the destroyers are typical of the various designs built for the Royal Navy culminating with the largest being settled on in the ‘River’ class - most which are represented by model number 24.
25. Submarine 42mm – Typical early period submarine.
26. Submarine 45mm – Typical later period submarine.
There you have it - the full range with pictures (as mentioned, for prices you will need to check with Caliver Books) and it is fairly safe to say that these models are not going to win any prizes for technical detail and accuracy but what they lack in this area they surely make up for with pure 'old school' charm!