Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Armoured cruiser "Rurik" (II)

Scratch built card model in 1:200 scale from great artist Igor Cherniak.
These photos from the first exhibition "Models of Ships" in NMM of Israel, 2004.
Model in author collection.

The Rurik (Рюрик) was an armoured cruiser built for the Imperial Russian Navy in 1906. She is unusual in that she was built by Vickers in Barrow in Furness, England. Laid down August 1905, launched 4 November 1906, completed July 1909. The Russian Navy was not usually a customer of British shipyards. She is named in honour of Rurik, the semi-legendary founder of ancient Russia. Unlike her previous namesake, Rurik (1892), she has been described as one of the best armoured cruisers built with advanced sprinkler protection for the magazines. She was designed by KA Tennison and AP Titov and the contract was arranged by Basil Zaharoff. The ship had a prolonged work up while defects were rectified.
She was the flagship of the Baltic Fleet during World War I and saw much action, being damaged by mines on several occasions. Worn out by 1918 she was hulked and sold for scrapping in 1930.

Text: Wikipedia

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

HMS Hood

Scratch built waterline model of the British battlecruiser in 1:200 scale for "Maritime Art Exhibition" of CORAL museum.
Materials: card & paper.

Model by Igor Cherniak.

HMS Hood
(pennant number 51) was a battlecruiser of the Royal Navy, and considered the pride of the Royal Navy in the interwar period and during the early period of World War Two. She was one of four Admiral-class battlecruisers ordered in mid-1916 under the Emergency War Programme. Although the design was drastically revised after the Battle of Jutland, it was realised that there were serious limitations even to the revised design; for this reason, and because of evidence that the German battlecruisers that they were designed to counter were unlikely to be completed, work on her sister ships was suspended in 1917. As a result, Hood was Britain's last completed battlecruiser. She was named after the 18th century Admiral Samuel Hood. Hood had served in the Royal Navy for over two decades before her sinking at the hands of the German battleship Bismarck on 24 May 1941.

Text: Wikipedia

Sunday, June 1, 2008

HMS Ajax

Detailed scratch built card model by Igor Cherniak & Alexander Blokhin in 1:200 scale.

HMS Ajax, was built by Vickers Armstrong at barrow and launched 1st march 1934 and completed 12th April 1935. HMS Ajax served in the South Atlantic 1939, taking a major role in the battle of the River Plate against the Graf Spee
, going to the Mediterranean fleet 1940 - 1942, became part of Force H before going for refit in the United states 1943, returning to the Mediterranean Fleet 1943 till the end of the war. HMS Ajax was finally scrapped at Newport November 1949.