Buil a 1:96 scale Bathurst class minesweeping corvette for R/C Full size printed plans


Full Size Printed Plan             Not a Kit or Material


Full size printed plan on a sheet 24" x 22"

Six page article with building notes and photos

Great beginner’s project

1:96 scale corvette

Length 23"

Beam 4"

Power Electric

Radio Control


    You will need the following. Two sheets of balsa wood 6/5 x 10 x 915mm for the deck and base and two sheets of balsa wood 1.6 x 10 x 915mm for the sides; small tube of 5 minute epoxy resin adhesive; 100m1 container of white P.V.A. woodworking glue; small quantity of dressmaking pins, drawing pins (preferably with those easily gripped plastic heads) and sticky tape; small quantity of filler (body filler or plastic wood etc.).

     An historically significant but seldom modelled ship, is the World War II designed Bathurst class minesweeping corvette, a variant of the pre-war minesweeping sloops built for the Royal Navy. Some 60-odd were built in Australian shipyards and they saw service worldwide, though many spent their entire lives on escort and minesweeping duties around the Australian coast and the South Pacific region.

Due to their principal role as escorts, they were locally known as corvettes. As they were named after Australian country towns, there is plenty of scope for the freelance modeller to 'name his own'. After the war they were fairly rapidly disposed of, though some lasted well into the 1960s. At least two examples survive, ex H.M.A.S. Castlemaine preserved in Melbourne virtually unchanged, and the ex H.M.A.S. Whyalla preserved high and dry in Whyalla, South Australia, as part of a Maritime Museum complex. She was converted into a buoy tender for the Melbourne area in 1947 and renamed Rip. She will be progressively restored to her original condition.

Thank you for Looking Rose

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