There is something rather majestic about painting black hulled ships! Reduced rig for inshore use and with the flag of Turkey fluttering bravely from the mainmast.
The first two ships for the Russo Turkish War mini project are now finished. They are also the first of all the models I have built so far to have their flags. The ships represent the Luft-u Celil class river monitors, one of which was sunk by Russian shore based heavy (6”) mortars. I am really pleased with this although as usual they are ‘based upon’ rather than museum quality scale models. As is my standard I have depicted them with their reduced sailing rig for inshore work as they were based on the Danube.
Close up profile showing the overall size - 5” by 1 1/4”
I have six Turkish gunboats to build next although two of these will be for the Russians. Then it will be on to the spar torpedo boats and a Russian steamer to act as a tender. Circular Russians and Turkish ironclads will be next year once Warbases are back in action.
One of the class as depicted in the Illustrated London News
Now that we are in tier 4 I reckon I will have a lot of time over the next few weeks to get the other models finished - as well as a further half a dozen or so for the ACW.
Bring it on!