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“Walrus in the Slick” HMS Sussex 1942

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"MSW Crew-mate Peter Fulgoney dazzles us with his latest 1/700 scale wonder, this time, it's the HMS Sussex, 1942!"

“Walrus in the Slick”
I’ve had this kit in the stash for some time now and had started it some 4 years ago only to put it to one side as I thought I needed some more modelling experience before continuing.

The Kit is the WEM version of the 1942 heavy cruiser HMS Sussex, and comes with very fine resin detail, and a dedicated photoetch fret, again very fine, and superbly presented.

The instructions are very well produced and include a coloured camo scheme to save looking up the references.

The build is one for the Telford cruiser sig, and an excuse for me to finish. The theme which sparked the interest was a dvd about the Royal Navy that featured the Supermarine Walrus spotter seaplane, and how the craft was retrieved. “Walrus in the Slick” is a term used where the ship, speed 6 knots will make a sudden turn thus provide a calm to one side.

This is my theme for the build.

HMS Sussex launched 1928 had a displacement of 9,730 tons (13,220 fully loaded)
The armament was 8 x 8 inch main guns with 8 x 4 inch guns secondary, and 8 x 21 inch torpedo tubes.

In November 1940 she was attach in dock by German aircraft, caught fire, and sank. It took 20 months to repair, but remerged as part of the Home Fleet in August 1942.

A great kit by WEM, and a fine example of the class is a worthwhile project for those interested in this period of the Royal Navy.
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About the Author

About peter fulgoney (peterf)


Very nice build, Peter. I like that there is a little more to the diorama, than just water and ship. The listing to one side of the ship looks very convincing. Thanks for sharing
JUN 10, 2008 - 07:34 PM
Lovely model indeed!!! Good work!!! Filipe
JUN 10, 2008 - 09:52 PM
Thank you everyone, it's always a pleasure to submit work to MSW. Cheers, Peter F
JUN 11, 2008 - 05:10 AM
I nearly missed that one, things go rather fast thesedays at MSW! hay well, what to say once more, ace model building, ace painting and a susual the very high picture taking standart that makes Peter's models a pure delight for the eye. The touches of green in the sea by the boat are a very nice addition and so is of course the high angle at which you showed the boat too JB
JUN 11, 2008 - 06:49 AM
Such a clean and detailed build and beautiful display. But she looks so real. The eye is drawn in. And of course the water. The info you provided was lovely, but anything else you could tell us would be great too. Well done
JUN 15, 2008 - 02:24 AM
wow what an amazing dio. its like I could be there...
JUN 15, 2008 - 02:29 AM
Great comments, thanks everyone. If there is anything you want to know in particular about the build, I can post a response otherwise it's a continuation of past projects which have posts descirbing the variious methods of construction - for example, there is a large archive on Modelwarships.com. Also coming up soon is a "blow-by-blow" account of how I built an "O" class destroyer using Liion Roar photoetch - should be good. Cheers, Peter F
JUN 15, 2008 - 08:07 PM
Fine work once again Mr F, good job on that difficult camo scheme. Mike
JUN 15, 2008 - 09:42 PM
Hi Peter I have to say that this is the most dynamic dio you have produced so far! Full of action, dramatic and with the excellency of your building and painting skills, make it a smasher!!! Congratulations and thank you for sharing it with us Cheers Rui
JUN 17, 2008 - 04:36 AM
Cheers, Mike and Rui, great comments from my favourite kit builders. Peter F
JUN 17, 2008 - 08:07 PM