HMVS Orthrus - Colony of Victoria Navy

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HMVS Orthrus - Victorian Colonial Navy 1892
As the Colony crew as a result of the Victorian Goldfields producing tonnes of gold, the Colony was awash with money. So to bolster the current Navy a more modern Ironclad Battleship was purchased in 1885 to replace the very old HMVS Nelson, that had been paid off and be a more powerful ship than the HMVS Cerberus. To keep with the naming convention of the Colonial Ironclads, the ship was named after the brother of the Greek Mythological beast, Cerberus. A few years later a bit of serendipity provided the Colony with its first Airship, crude and somewhat of a novelty, so the Naval Chiefs wanted to see if they could moor an airship to the HMVS Orthrus, so that it would enable the airship greater range to patrol more area around Port Philip bay and the coastal waters around the Colony of Victoria. The experiment proved to  be mixed result, but nonetheless and important step forward for the Colonial Navy.

Bronco 1/350 Chen Yuen, a few mods to make it not the Chen Yuen by moving the fore and aft turrets

Ships like this a bit paint as you go as rigging and railing precludes a lot of this later on.
Airship tinkering in the back

Seeing if the actual build matches my minds eye

Some measure of success getting the Airship to support itself using the tie down ropes (brass rod) as supports.
Riggind and railing underway. Working from the inside out. A few 1/350 crew as well.

Pretty much it. Bit of smoke from the stacks, as much rigging as I cared to do and a couple of support craft in the water


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that looks crackin mate :thumbsup:

i used the same model for my interpretation of HMS Thunder child
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Good job BB.  Smaller than I expected but very good nonetheless.

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Another ill conceived, lazily thought out, crudely executed and badly painted piece of half arsed what-if modelling muppetry from zenrat industries.

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Well, I think it looks great, BT! 8) 8)

Although I really like the torpedo boat, I think it adds an oddly uncomfortable asymmetry to the dio, so I'd suggest it either going elsewhere on the dio or, going[STOP]
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REALLY impressive stuff there Buzzbomb!  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

And in such a small scale too. That deck planking is exquisite.
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Love this.
The conversion, the story line and the build.

Great job.
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