HMAS Canberra - WIP by Briney ()
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The model is a generic Royal Navy "County" class treaty cruiser base to which I can add a second overlay of armament and superstructure detail that is specific to a particular ship. First off the mark here is the Royal Australian Navy's HMAS Canberra (though this model also represents the flagship HMAS Australia before her pre-war makeover). Great Britain eventually built thirteen County-Class heavy cruisers in the late 1920's, in three sub-classes that in various ways tried to push the limits of the Washington Naval Treaty. These sporty 10,000 tonne 8-inch gun cruisers were intended for maritime patrol out amongst the colonies- to keep the Empire's sea lanes free of commerce raiders in the event of war. In the meantime they apparently threw some fantastic parties! The signature three-funnel silhouette of these confused pocket-battlecruisers made them instantly recognizable to friend and foe, but their most bizarre feature was less obvious. Their 8-inch main armament came with 70 degree elevation. These were,on paper, 200 mm anti-aircraft guns. However, it wasn't until well into World War Two that radar and fire control systems caught up with these "try-hard" flak-ships. The fightback through the Philippines became so "hot" that HMAS Shropshire, HMAS Canberra's County-class replacement after the Savo Island disaster, was kitted up with all the necessary toys to become a sort of air-warfare cruiser. "Tokyo Rose" was soon heard berating the naughty Australians for unfairly using "flame throwers" against attacking aircraft.... That's what it must have seemed like to pilots attacking a ship whose 8-inch guns are patiently belching fire into the sky.
Thanks for viewing and comments.
Modelled in Shade 10.5, rendered in Vue 8 Esprit
Image Comments (7)
steelrazer () 10:29AM | Sat, 15 December 2012
This is another beauty, Brian. The sea looks great and I really like the deep blue sea color. I was looking at some pics of destroyers and cruisers on the high seas, and I'm always amazed that they look like "toys" bobbing around out there trying to impress the viewer with their importance. I really enjoy your tales of the "Wetback" (no allusions or Aleutians intended....). I'm looking forward to seeing the version you settle on, and how you use it. Beautiful work, once again.
cschell () 12:19PM | Sat, 15 December 2012
Nicely done on the modelling and render Briney... will she be available at some point to go with your other ships? It'd be nice to pull a British fleet together like I was able to with the US one :)
debbielove () 9:29AM | Sun, 16 December 2012
If in doubt...throw large chunks of metal at them! Great work, I look forward! lol Nice write up.. Rob