Listing is for Full Size Printed Plans
Not a KIT or MODEL
CASTLE CLASS CORVETTE
SCALE 1/8” = 1ft
LENGTH 32 INCH
No r/c installation shown on plans
FULL SIZE PRINTED PLAN on a SHEET 36” x 24”
SEVEN PAGES OF PHOTOS, CONSTRUCTION NOTES
THIS model is based on the Castle class corvette later known as frigates and is not an exact scale model of any prototype there are modellers Who disagree with the idea of a near scale model and feet that either it's scale or it isn’t; however, to produce an accurate scale of even a small warship of this type requires considerable skill and time, and the majority of modellers will settle for a model which retains the characteristics of the type but is sufficiently simplified to remove most of the constructional problems.
Corvettes were designed fat escort duties and the Flower and Castle classes had a speed of 16 knots or so. Two larger classes of escort, the Loch and River classes had speeds (if about 20 knots and were known as frigates ultimately this term embraced all the various escort vessels. Some 700 were ordered during World War II but a glance at photos in fares for say, 1942, shows an immense variety Of craft Used On these duties.
We have heard it said that corvette design borrowed much from whale catchers in hall shape. etc and certainly there are points of similarity. Wartime ships of this type often employed merchant ship plating an(the Castle class had a sheer line consisting of three straight lines to simplify prefabrication by firms unused to warship construction. This feature has been softened in our model and there have been other alterations, especially the funnel and lattice mast, which produce a slightly modernized appearance without departing , too far from the accepted practice of the period.
The scale is 1/8 in. to 1 ft., possibly the most common scale for smaller warships, though in this case producing a model only 32 ins. in length and displacing a shade over 41/2 lbs. to float on its scale waterline; however, the wide boot top painted on these ships allows an ounce or two attitude and there is physical room for small R/C equipment. Allowing, say, 2 ½ lbs. for main motor and power supply and single channel radio leaves 2 lbs. for the bull and upper works, a figure is easily within reach.