|HMS Roberts (F40)
Trumpeter Models 5335, 1/350 scale
|The Ship, (a brief history)|
Built during World War II, The Roberts class monitors of the Royal Navy consisted of two heavily gunned vessels. The Roberts and Abercrombie
Designed primarily for shore bombardment, their most noticeable feature was two 15-inch guns in a twin mounting and a high observation platform. They were were shallow draught for operating inshore, with abroad beam to give stability
From November 8th through November 11th, Roberts provided bombardment support during Operation Torch in North Africa, where she was damaged by two 500 kg (1,100 lb) bombs in the Battle of Béjaïa.
On September 2nd & 3rd 1943, HMS Roberts took part of Operation Baytown, the British invasion of the Italian Mainland, bombarding the Italian coast between Reggie Calabria and Pessaro then providing naval gunfire support during landings by British XIII corps
HMS Roberts returned to home water in January 1944, and in May Prepared for duty at Portsmouth for Operation Neptune, which covered the channel crossing for operation overlord.
In November 1944, HMS Roberts took part in Operation Infatuate, the invasion of the Dutch Island of Walcheren, an Anglo-Canadian operation to open the port of Antwerp to shipping. This operation was part of the wider Battle of the Scheldt and involved two assault landings from the sea by the 4th Special Service Brigade and the 52nd (Lowland) Division. At the same time the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division would force a crossing of the Walcheren causeway.
HMS Roberts returned to home waters in December 1944 for Support duties if needed
Roberts was sold for scrap shortly after the war, but hired back by the navy as an accommodation ship at Devonport until 1965. She was finally broken up at Inverkeithing in July 1965
One of Roberts' guns (formerly in HMS Resolution) is mounted outside the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth, South London, together with one from the battleship Ramillies.
|Everyone has built the Bismark, the Yamato and an Iowa Class at some point and I'm no exception. I enjoy finding the unusual ship class and I can be a little impatient when the stuff does come out. So when this unique class of ship became available I jumped on it in spite of the lack aftermarket sets so this was an out of box build with the exception of a few Hatches and the Model Master Barrels. At the time I bought the kit, it had just been released and came with three sheets of Photo Etch. Unfortunately, I've lost all my build notes and photos.
For the gun barrels, I cannibalized a pair of the wife's old panty hose for the Blast Bags and did the same for what I needed from from Master's HMS Repulse (set which will be replaced once the Roberts set becomes available).
I noticed a few omissions and mistakes such as the missing block & tackle from the life boat davits, which I'll correct once I've finished the current project and cleared space on the bench
Products used in construction
Master Model Gun Barrels
Accurate Model Parts
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