ManCave Modeler presents...


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

Operational History
HMS Roberts was deployed to Alexandria Egypt in January 1942 as a guardship to protect the Suez Canal and in support of military operations by 8th Army, remaining there until September. In October, Roberts was deployed to the British Naval base at Gibraltar to prepare for the invasion of North Africa.

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.
Roberts returned to to the UK for repair and refit, remaining there until June 1943 at which point she transfered to Algiers.
Roberts Sailed from Algiers on July 5th and joined the Assault convoy for Operations Husky, the Allied invasion of Sicily and Avalanche, the Allied landings near Salerno. Roberts remained of the coast of Sicily though August, bombarding German troops as they retreated towards Messina.

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
On September 9th she joined the Northern Attack Force supporting during Operation AVALANCHE the Allied landings at Salerno. She remained off the coast of Italy through the remainder of 1943 Providing gunfire support during German attacks on bridgehead while under sustained air attacks including radio controlled bombs.

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.
On June 6th, as part of the Nomandy Invasion, Roberts arrived off SWORD Beach and took up bombarding position providing gunfire support in accordance with fire-plan. The Right-hand 15in Gun burst jacket necessitating a returned to Portsmouth for repair, and replenishment of stores and ammunition before returning to support deployment in Eastern Task Force area. On June 26th Provided naval gunfire support for British Army attacks in Caen area
The Roberts remained off the coast of France,through July 1944, Returning to Home Waters in August.

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
In January 1945, She prepared for duty in British Pacific Fleet and prepared for foreign service in support of planned operations But was was not required for service after VJ Day and returned to Devonport with call at Malta on 5th November 1945.

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.

Builder:John Brown & Company, Clydebank
Laid down:30 April 1940
Launched:1 February 1941
Commissioned:27 October 1941
Fate:Sold June 1965 and scrapped
General characteristics
Class & type:Roberts class monitor
Displacement:7970 tons
Length:373.25 ft (113.77 m) oa
Beam:89.75 ft (27.36 m)
Draught:11 ft (3.4 m)
Propulsion:2 shafts
Parsons steam turbines
2 boilers, 4,800 hp
Speed:12.5 knots (14.4 mph)
Armament: 2 × 15-inch/42 Mk 1
8 × 4-inch AA guns
  (4 × 2)
16 × 2-pdr "pom-pom"s
  (1 × 8, 2 × 4)
20 × 20 mm guns
Armour: Turret: 13 inch
Barbette: 8 inch
Belt: 4-5 inches
Battle Honors
    SICILY 1943
    SALERNO 1943
    NORMANDY 1944
    WALCHEREN 1944

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
Cannibalized from the SM350036

Accurate Model Parts
Cloth Royal Navy Ensign



Home Page
Send a message

Last Updated October 17, 2017