Original Full Size printed plans (Removed from Model Boat magazine)
Not a kit no material supplied
Full size plans on a 32” x 12” sheet printed both sides (Never built on)
One full size parts detail on a 17” x 11” sheet (Copy)
Seven pages of building instructions with several photos (copies)
Standoff Scale 1:144
Beam 3 ¼”
Radio Control Speed and Rudder
Suitable for a beginner’s project
Most of my detailed models have been built with the aid of good quality ship plans. With this model I opted to work from photographs and draw up my own plans. As much reference material as possible was collected from books and magazines. The most useful item was the book "Modern Combat Ships 5, TYPE 21" by Capt. John Lippiett, published by Ian Allan in 1990.
After working through numerous photographs a respectable looking side profile for a Type 21 was produced. Then another photograph showed that the proportions in the rear sections were wrong, ah the joys of perspective! Back to the drawing board and a much better profile was produced. Then came the problem of divining the superstructure layout. This in turn paled into insignificance when it came to the smaller details. It seemed like each of the eight vessels built had differences from each other.
At this stage I had to decide on which ship and period the model was to represent. A student of mine was in the Sea Cadets and as "their ship" was Ambuscade, that settled one question. The second was solved by opting for the pre-Falklands period; or at least as close as I could. Despite my best efforts I suspect that the model will have some features or combinations of them, that are not exactly correct.
HMS Ambuscade was a Type 21 frigate of the Royal Navy. She was built by Yarrow Shipbuilders Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland. She was sold to Pakistan in 1993 and is still in service as PNS Tariq. Length: 117 m Beam; 13 m
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