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Aviso Grille

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"Crew-mate Peter Fulgoney (peterf) sends us this fine portfolio of images of a very unique and imaginative scene, centered around Kombrig Models' Aviso Grille!"

Combrig has a magnificent list of ship models with the later products being the best, but some three or four years ago they produced a n elegant ship which I had never seen or heard of before. The Aviso Grille was the state yacht of Germany before WW2, and was to play another part after the conflict. As it happened, the ship became a mine layer, and was sold after the war as a cruise liner, and scrapped very soon after in 1951 in the USA. If events had worked out differently then Hitler would have sailed up the Thames to view his new acquisition, Britain.

I had bought the kit when it came out and always meant to build it and my enthusiasm was revived last summer in the Med, off Cannes when I saw a Turkish yacht which looks very similar but has two buff coloured funnels instead of one. I took a number of photographs to reinforce the project, and looked forward to the build.

Having more or less seen the ship for real, I could imagine a scenario where at anchor, the subject would be a focal point for a number of other builds in attendance. To this end I included, an Arado sea plane, and 2 x S boots kindly provided by Rob Kernaghan. It was then that I was asked by Rui Matos about the time frame as the colour of the ship, and the S boots where in contradiction to each other. I then realised that a later period would be appropriate to have this arrangement, I also had an excuse to use my 9 x WEM Me 262 jets, but as the Roten Phiele (Red Arrows).

So what is the story behind this strange scene?...well, that’s up to your imagination………

Data :

Built Blohm and Voss, Hamburg at launched 15/12/1934
Tonnage 3,430 max.
Length 135.1m
250 crew
12.7 cm main guns.

Peter F (Kings Hill – March 2008)
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About peter fulgoney (peterf)


Great ship, setting, and pictures. I am a little partial to the Blue Angels paint scheme, but the Red Arrows scheme works nice on those Me-262's. Thank you for sharing!
MAR 07, 2008 - 12:56 AM
Another very fine diorama from Mr. Fulgoney!!!
MAR 07, 2008 - 02:44 AM
I am a bit partial against WW2 German stuff but well.. that's Pete's stuff so it deserves mention and frank apraisal as usual The ship is really lovely and the picture setting tops as usual, I just miss some close-up pictures to the extraordinary job you've been doing!
MAR 07, 2008 - 04:48 AM
Now I see what would happen if I took halucinogens before going to my modeling bench! Nice job Peter!
MAR 07, 2008 - 06:59 AM
Nice work Peter, Ship looks excel;lent and you have some interesting pics there. Al
MAR 07, 2008 - 09:32 AM
Well it seems that ship modeling has also some for "what if..."! It is fun to see the display and the disposition of the models - a very busy scene! I like also the fact that all the models are very well built (some close up shots, please, Peter), and this dio proves that we can built ship models accurately and still put some fun in it. You just missed the smoke pots on the Me262 - you could have hidden some of those rods Excellent Peter - so, what's next??? Cheers, Rui
MAR 09, 2008 - 05:40 AM
Thank you for your kind comments, everyone. Actually, the real life look of it is better as the rods tend to disappear into the background. I paint them dark grey and wonder if I should have used light grey, it never really works out as you would wish, however, photoshop is the way forward. Detail shots? - only when I improve. Cheers, Peter F
MAR 10, 2008 - 08:16 PM
Nice 3D feeling in the diorama! Cheers, Christer
MAR 17, 2008 - 09:09 AM