Digital Full-Size Plans Scale 1/72 H.M.S. SALTASH ABERDARE CLASS MINESWEEPERS Suitable for Radio Control
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Digital Full-Size Plans will be Emailed only as a PDF.
Buy as a USB stick which can hold up to eight plans for multiple purchases.
USB, in PDF, JPEG, and TIFF formats are shipped by first class airmail.
You may have the plans printed at a print shop or tile printed on your home printer.
For Experienced Builder
Digital Full Size Plan prints on a sheet 42” x 24” Plans are Black and White
Digital Article description and a few building notes Two pages
Digitalfiles are PDF, USB Card includes TIFF and JPEG
USB Card includes several articles on building model boats files are PDF and JPEG
Printing………..MAY BE DONE AT A COPY HOUSE
…………………………ALSO INCLUDED INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRINTING AT HOME
length 38 1/2”
Suitable for Radio Control
THE 89 minesweepers of the Aberdare class werelaunched in 1918 and 1919. A few were in service before the Armistice in November 1918, the remaining ships commissioning in 1919. These minesweepers were of simple design, enabling many firms which did not normally construct warships to build them. Some improvements embodied in the class, based on war experience, were reasonable speed, twin screws to facilitate station keeping when carrying out multi-sweeper operations, and a comparatively shallow draught.
The appearance of the Aberdare class was neat and workman like. Some had oval funnels and some had circular ones, but there did not seem to be any particular reason for this. They were sometimes referred to as Smoky Joes', possibly due to their having to burn coal other than Welsh steam coal, which was needed more
for the larger coal-burners of the Grand Fleet. At the end of World War 1, a further batch of Aberdares
was on order (about 43) but these were cancelled. Between the two world wars some of the existing sweepers were converted to other uses, such as surveying vessels; this entailed making extra space for surveying officers' chart work, extra boats for surveying officers away on sounding work, etc. These converted sweepers had their names changed from those of towns to those of well known navigators such as Beaufort, Fitzroy,