A Swedish model builder built a diorama “using” Trumpeters HMS Hood.
Trumpeter had announced the Hood but the actual release dragged on and
dragged on for a loong time.
The diorama showed a patch of ocean with waves but no sign of a ship. The title was approximately:
“HMS Hood a few minutes after sinking”
Lots of spectators at the Swedish IPMS contest thought it was really funny but the judges were less appreciative. Oh well, can’t win them all …
Cool idea for a campaign though
I assume that the ship actually needs to be present in some form or shape? No empty oceans?
Wreck on the ocean bottom?
Maybe remove the lost in battle restriction? That removes a lot of options. Replace it with Lost in service. That way you can get civilian ships or military ships lost during peacetime. HMS Victoria would be a good example of that.
Other than a lack of rigging I’m sure the answer to that is “Yes”. The worst of all possible worlds is on the bottom but not entirely submerged (e.g. HMVS Cerberus, KM Georg Thiele); there are a lot of warships “Lost to the Shallows” and probably best depicted at their deposition rather than after subsequent demolition/destruction (e.g. Murmansk 1994-2012, HMS Calypso, USS Massachusetts (BB-2), SMS Thüringen). Note that ships currently under vehicle parks cannot be modeled in their current state (KM Admiral Scheer, HMS Glatton).
That’s pretty funny, Robin. Sometimes judges have no sense of humor.
So, do I understand the campaign requirements correctly? The model has to be of a ship in it’s sunk state, not just of a ship that was sunk? If so, this is WAY beyond my skill level.
When I first read this thread, I was reminded of when I was first getting back into modeling. It was the mid-1990s, & I was living in Central Massachusetts. I was starting to get an interest in 1/700 model ships, and would go to some shows local IPMS with a friend of mine. One day we were hanging out at a show, looking at the ship models, when it dawned on us that many (not all) of the really famous ships were sunk. Think about it. RMS Titanic, sunk; Bismarck, sunk; USS Arizona, sunk; Yamato, sunk. Well, you get the idea. Other then a few that have been turned into museums or scrapped, a lot of famous ships are on the bottom. So, we came up with this crazy idea for a model ship hobby shop (remember this is pre-Internet) called On The Bottom Hobbies. It never came to fruition obviously, but I thought you might enjoy the story.
I do have an HMS Ark Royal in the stash, but I don’t think I have the skill or talent to model here “on the bottom”.
I think there should also be an option for somewhere between the two, a ship in the process of sinking or being sunk. I once witnessed a wooden sailing ship being broken apart upon rocks in a storm, it was a very dark night so it was mainly an audible experience (sorry no photos) but it still sticks in the memory.
P.S. There were no casualties, the storm had carried it away from its moorings when no-one was aboard.