Minifig-scale MOC of a small World War II warship (Flower-class corvette)
About this creation
This is a minifig-scale (roughly 1:42) MOC of a Flower-class corvette from World War II built as a father-son summer project.
It measures 5 feet in length and 9 inches in beam. It is modeled and "minifigurable" inside and out--splitting down the middle to reveal the various internal compartments for both starboard and port cross-sections (with some allowances for the challenges posed by minifigure anatomy). Sadly the color scheme is not authentic, due to brick constraints.
The MOC has many working features. An AT-AT motor powers the engine, which in turn drives the propeller. Both engine and rudder are controlled from the bridge. The main gun features working traverse and elevation wheels. Doors, hatches and depth-charge projectors also work.
We expect to present it at BrickCon 2010 in Seattle.
At roughly 200 feet, 1000 tons and 80 men, the Flower-class corvettes were among the smallest ocean-going warships deployed by the Allies during World War II. Serving in the navies of Britain, Canada and the United States (the last a rare case of "reverse-Lend Lease"), they provided vital convoy protection against U-boats in the North Atlantic at a time when far too few escort ships were available.
This model depicts an early Canadian Flower after refit in 1943 (but with the short forecastle retained). It is based most closely on HMCS Chicoutimi and HMCS Agassiz. At this time the mainmast has been removed and the foremast restepped aft of the bridge. Minesweeping gear has been removed, and two 20mm Oerlikons, the radar assembly and searchlight platform added. It also includes a Hedgehog (I'm not certain when these were installed, it may have been 1944). The primary information source was The Flower Class Corvette Agassiz by John McKay and John Harland.
Yes the gunturret is outsized. The ship was so small that the gun turret really was a very prominent feature--for example the plans indicate that the gun-shield actually did extend higher than the main bridge. There were several different styles of gun-shields in use, of different sizes and shapes, and some of the corvettes went without a gun-shield at all.
But it is true that I strugged with the size of all the guns--I liked how they came out, but they are all too big. Comparing my 20mm Oerlikons to the ones Ed Diment did for his USS Intrepid, for example, mine are clearly bigger (i.e. too big)...