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Author Topic: Italian battleship RN Roma  (Read 2416 times)

potchip

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Italian battleship RN Roma
« on: November 10, 2012, 10:52:34 PM »

Done tonight and free to join in the grunt build!
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Re: Italian battleship RN Roma
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2012, 07:21:39 AM »

Nice. Pics are a bit big though.

Odd position for the life rafts on the roof of the lower forward turret. I would have thought that after the first salvo they'd be ripped to pieces by the blast  ???

What's with the red & white stripes? Bombers please aim here  :-\
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Re: Italian battleship RN Roma
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012, 07:54:12 AM »

So many things jammed on deck, it's awesome the kit manages to capture them all, I too was going to ask about the red stripes doesn't seem great for war
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Re: Italian battleship RN Roma
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2012, 11:27:24 AM »

I love how you do such detail work, did that ship really have those red and white stripes on the deck?
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Re: Italian battleship RN Roma
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2012, 11:42:57 AM »

Yep, true scheme. (okay I got the no of stripes wrong, the fault of the painting instruction, I was complacent). Have in hand a 350 page reference book of the class. The red and white stripes are air identification stripes for friendlies (of course real thing a bit more tame, but I used brighter colours for the theatrics). Of course would not be a good idea if the enemy has air superiority but then the Italian navy were never intended to operate far from shore. Considering it got sunk by german air attack (first successful use of radio controlled guided bombs in fact,- Fritz X), wasn't such a rad idea.

The Italians also sure love their boats and rafts - apparently not for cowardice but to keep the sailors fit during voyages with races. Hah, nice try....

This is in fact a mostly out of box build, I've only added railings and a few missing platforms. So the kit itself is reasonably detailed in plastic already. The striking scheme does break up a otherwise dull naval collection :)
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Re: Italian battleship RN Roma
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2012, 11:54:08 AM »

1943 photo
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Re: Italian battleship RN Roma
« Reply #6 on: November 15, 2012, 07:12:48 AM »

After seeing this I noticed that in the opening battle scene in the Strike Witches movie the Italian ship in the Task Force had the red & white stripes over the bow. The WWII art work is quite detailed and accurate in the movie.
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