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Kombrig 1/700 HMAS Breastwork Monitor Cerberus

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The HMA(A for Australian)S Cerberus was the first British ship built whose only motive power was steam. A breastwork monitor refers to that first deck up, which is behind a "breastwork" of armor. Her main armament were four rifled muzzle loading 10" guns, mounted in two Coles turrets. She was launched in 1870 and had a long career in many guises including that of a submarine tender and artificial breakwater. The latter also denotes her fate as she was sunk off Half Moon Bay as an artificial breakwater. She still exists today and there have been several campaigns to re-store her, she being the only surviving monitor.

 

If you've never done a Kombrig kit, they are very nicely done. The resin pours are perfect with no pin holes, short castings or flash. This is a relatively simple kit with only six major parts, but a good assortment of some itsy-bitsy, teeny-tiny detail parts. I added some generic PE railings and stretched sprue rigging. You can see by the photo with the Quarter what her true size is.

 

38113635162_3a0b657e67_c.jpgDSCN4772 by Ronald Bell, on Flickr

 

38113636362_55e170bd91_c.jpgDSCN4767 by Ronald Bell, on Flickr

 

38113638462_d2be814faa_c.jpgDSCN4768 by Ronald Bell, on Flickr

 

38145100901_e7eb2ebc92_c.jpgDSCN4770 by Ronald Bell, on Flickr

 

38145098981_4aa944b614_c.jpgDSCN4771 by Ronald Bell, on Flickr

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Brilliant work! What an awesome little model!

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